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South Kilburn Trust have partnered with Metroline, part of one of the largest passenger land companies in the world, to bring a bus driver recruitment day to residents of South Kilburn. The event will take place on Thursday 20th October from 12-4pm at Carlton Hall, and potential applicants will be able to directly apply for vacancies with Metroline on the day.

The recruitment day will be an open opportunity for job seekers interested in a career in bus driving to get an insight into the company and gain valuable information about roles available before applying. After an initial introduction to the company and the benefits of the role, candidates will be able to complete an application form and submit it directly to the Metroline representative who will be present on the day.

Metroline, who have a depot in Willesden are the highest paying TfL bus operator in London, and have a starting base salary of £27,000 per year for employees with a PCV license (Passenger Carrying License). There is also a trainee programme for candidates who do not hold a PCV license, in which candidates are paid as they train. Representatives from Metroline will be recruiting for positions based at garages in North West London and North London.

Excitingly, due to their need for more drivers, Metroline have not put a limit on the number of bus driver positions that are on offer. The roles are open to both men and women and to be eligible applicants must have a full UK driving license for at least one year, and have no more than 3 penalty points.

Anneesh Wright, from the Employment and Enterprise Team at South Kilburn Trust commented: “We are really excited and pleased to hold the Metroline Recruitment Day, hopefully as many local people as possible will attend and are able to take advantage of this great opportunity.”

To find out more about the recruitment day and to book a space, text your name, email and mobile number to 07469 660 884 or email anneesh@southkilburntrust.org, or call 020 7328 1199. Spaces are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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South Kilburn based freelance artist, Deborah Besana, is holding an unmissable, free 6 week arts and crafts programme for children aged 7 - 13 years at South Kilburn Studios. The programme will be held between 5-6:30pm every Thursday from the 6th October to 17th November 2016 and will help to support and develop a wide range of skills for children in the community.

Deborah, who runs a handmade jewellery and leather accessories business called deborah B design will deliver the programme with the support of South Kilburn Trust. The Trust works with residents groups, organisations and businesses to support long-term positive change in South Kilburn.

Deborah says, “Arts and crafts are really beneficial in developing essential skills in children, but are too often overlooked by the current school curriculum. I really hope this programme will help children in South Kilburn to develop their creativity, interpersonal skills, manual dexterity and much more, which are as important as numeracy and literacy skills they are taught at school.”

Yannick, aged 7 years old and Tiffany, aged 9 years old from South Kilburn who attended a one-off jewellery crafts workshop Deborah delivered at South Kilburn Studios earlier this year, said, "We enjoyed discovering how to make some beads jewellery and that we were able to do it ourselves step-by-step. The teacher was nice and helpful and patient. We would love to do it again and we loved that we could take it home with some more beads to make at home."

The programme is designed for children aged between 7 and 13 years old and will focus on a new arts and crafts project every week. Kids will have lots of fun and develop new skills using a variety of materials and different techniques. These will include: decorating a wooden box and/or a keyring, moulding and decorating salt dough figurines, weaving a basket and much more! The programme will be concluded with the children presenting their achievements to parents and guardians.

Deborah is a freelance artist who has worked in TV and film arts and costume departments. She runs her deborah B design handmade jewellery and leather accessories business, and also delivers creative crafts workshops for children and adults. For more information about Deborah visit: www.deborahbdesign.com or www.deborahbesana.com

Places on the programme are limited. To enrol e-mail Deborah: db.arts@ymail.com

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South Kilburn Trust recently funded a Level 2 Food Safety in Catering training course for aspiring restaurateurs and foodies from South Kilburn. Local residents who are interested in starting catering businesses and those who wanted to sell food for the first time at the Trust’s South Kilburn Family Festival were invited to undertake the free course at the Trust’s offices in Carlton Hall back in July.

The intensive course taught participants procedures and best practice for legally serving food to the public in the UK. All attendees were recently presented with a certificate of achievement after completing the course and passing the written exam.

Lauren Bailey, Strategic Lead for Employment and Enterprise at South Kilburn Trust, said, “South Kilburn Trust is committed to supporting local residents in starting businesses. The Level 2 Food Safety in Catering qualification is essential for anyone looking to get into the catering business. We wish all participants on the course all the best in their future endeavours.”

If you would like to attend future training courses or need help and advice with starting a business contact the South Kilburn Trust Employment and Enterprise team on 0207 328 1199 or email hello@southkilburntrust.org

Image (Left - right):Nilufer Karikaya, Frank Foster and Joan Foster

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Over 100 local job seekers attended the exclusive Marks and Spencer (M&S) retail recruitment open day held at the Trust’s Carlton Hall offices on the 8th September. The event, run in partnership with M&S, saw three new roles ring fenced for local people and one successful candidate made such a good impression on M&S recruitment representatives, that they were selected to work in a new unique role that has just become available in the Watford store.

The day featured valuable information about the company including a detailed briefing on the roles available and the key skills and qualities required to gain employment at the company. Marks and Spencer’s representatives also run pre-screening for vacancies at local branches.

As a result of the Trust’s ongoing partnership with M&S, two candidates from South Kilburn secured employment at the store ahead of the recruitment day and the Trust is expecting more vacancies to open up for local people the Hampstead and Colindale stores open later this year.

Navlett Semei-Bent, M&S Recruitment Co-ordinator for Brent, said, “The event was a great opportunity to meet potential Marks and Spencer employees and gave us a good opportunity to find out what applicants were looking for. It also allowed us to share the company’s attributes and values.”

One attendee commented, “I got to learn a lot about job requirements, not just Marks and Spencer. I also learnt how important it is to put customer needs first.”

If you would like to attend future events or need help and advice with securing a job please contact Anneesh or Wendy from the South Kilburn Trust employment and enterprise team on 0207 328 1199. Email: anneesh@southkilburntrust.org or wendy@southkilburntrust.org.

The South Kilburn Trust also runs a Job Lounge to help residents with their job searches and to support residents into work on Thursdays from 10am-1pm.

 

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South Kilburn Trust has partnered with Marks and Spencer to hold an exclusive retail recruitment day for South Kilburn residents. The event will be held on Thursday 8th September from 10:30am to 5:30pm at Carlton Hall and will provide an opportunity for local residents to access employment opportunities in the retail sector.

Attendees to the event will be briefed on the variety of retail openings available with Marks and Spencer, additionally Marks and Spencer representatives will pre-screen attendees for vacancies and invite those with the qualifying skills and qualities to attend formal interviews.

There will be four one hour sessions to choose from that will be held throughout the day: they will feature a talk, Q & A session and briefings on the various retail employment opportunities available. All attendees must pre-book to attend a one hour session. There is limited availability for bookings – booking as early as possible is strongly advised.

Anneesh Wright, Employment & Enterprise Service Co-ordinator at South Kilburn Trust said, “South Kilburn Trust are delighted to be working with Marks and Spencer on this latest recruitment drive which will provide retail work opportunities for South Kilburn residents. Candidates will receive employment support and training from the Trust to help them secure sustainable employment within retail. It’s a long awaited opportunity which will benefit the community of South Kilburn.”

Marks and Spencer is set to open a new local store in West Hampstead this October 2016. South Kilburn Trust have successfully placed several candidates at the recently opened Queen’s Park store, where a new phase of retail positions have become available for South Kilburn Trust’s candidates.

For more information and to book your session, please email:anneesh@southkilburntrust.org or call 0207 328 1199.

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South Kilburn Trust are preparing for an exciting move; a short distance from our current offices in Carlton Hall to the Granville Centre on Granville Road – just 5 minutes’ walk from our current location. The move, taking place in Autumn 2016 is to allow more space for the Trust to continue providing its services and create a bigger and better space for the community to use for functions and events.

The Granville Centre will be the Trust’s home for between 2-3 years, with a brand new, state-of-the-art Enterprise and Community Hub planned in the future. Brent Council and the South Kilburn Trust’s successful bid to the Greater London Authority (GLA), resulted in £1.8 million being awarded for this future project.

The goal of the upcoming Hub is to create a permanent space for the local community and businesses in South Kilburn, providing an opportunity for the creation of new jobs, training and business support in the area.

The Trust will join Granville Community Kitchen, Granville Plus Nursery School and the Children’s Centre who currently inhabit the building. The Trust’s move will be followed by the current SK Studios business tenants in early 2017, who will be moving into a dedicated business hub which will be created in the Granville centre.

Mark Allan, Chief Executive of the South Kilburn Trust said: “We are all very excited about the upcoming move and look forward to continuing to work closely with local residents to meet their needs. The Trust’s new home will allow residents access to an even better space to hold functions and will serve as a fantastic base for business in South Kilburn.”

For more information please contact hello@southkilburntrust.org. 

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We’re about halfway through this fifteen-year regeneration programme, and we’re in the process of reviewing the masterplan.  We’ve appointed an urban design-led team to undertake a comprehensive strategic review of the current masterplan, in  consultation with the community.

We’ll examine what’s been delivered to date, what could be improved, and much more.  The master plan review will help us determine whether there should be changes to the remainder of the programme, to ensure it continues to meet the needs of local residents.  For example, Councillors recently supported the proposal for an Enterprise Hub to be located within South Kilburn, to promote and encourage local job opportunities and start-up businesses.

The programme currently aims to deliver:

-       2,400 new high quality homes – half of these are for existing South Kilburn secure tenants for social rented accommodation

-       A new larger high quality urban park

-       A new local primary school

-       New health facilities

-       Improved environmental standards

-       An improved public realm

-       A site-wide energy solution.

Where are we now?

We strongly believe that continued community engagement is key in helping shape the evolution of this programme – we’ve held several consultations, with more planned.

Consultations:

  • Series of pop-up consultations 9-23 July 2016
  • First public exhibition on 19 July 2016

These popular, interactive sessions gave community members the opportunity to meet the architects and consultation team, learn more about the review of the masterplan 2016, and have their say.  The design team are currently reviewing feedback and creating proposals. D 

Date for your diary:

  • Second exhibition on 13 September 2016 - please drop in between 3-8pm at the South Kilburn Studios, 2A Canterbury Rd, London NW6 5SW. 

Your chance to learn more about how the masterplan is developing since the first exhibition, and have your say!

Masterplan Review 2016 - newsletter and online consultation form

We’ve produced a newsletter to keep you updated on the masterplan review – we’ll be giving out printed copies, placing pop-up boards around the estate, as well as putting the newsletter up on our website.

To read the most recent newsletter or to complete our feedback form, please click here: goo.gl/n8nJdq

We would love to hear your views and opinions – make sure you feedback soon as it closes 4 September 2016!

For more information please see www.brent.gov.uk/southkilburn

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The South Kilburn Trust have designed an exciting free youth summer programme for kids and teenagers, with a range of activities taking place in and around South Kilburn over the coming month. Running between Monday 25th July and Saturday 4th September, the programme is aimed at children and teenagers between 6-17 years old. The programme will help youth develop skills, make friends and enjoy their summer break – making school holiday boredom a thing of the past.

All activities are unisex and are run by professional, DBS checked individuals from top quality local businesses and organisations. Whether they are keen sportspeople, food lovers, music enthusiasts or anything in between, these exciting events and workshops are sure to engage and suit a variety of interests.

If that’s not exciting enough, all kids and teenagers who attend a session will also be entered into a draw to win a brand new iPad mini or JD Sports vouchers. Get on down to any of the sessions that spark your interest and you could be the lucky winner, which will be chosen at random at the end of the summer programme.

The musically inclined can get involved with Flamingo Arts, Carnival inspired creative arts and activities, which will run from Mondays to Fridays. During sessions, participants will learn and develop a routine that will be performed at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.

Led by South Kilburn’s own, BBC Cook of the Year Dee Woods and Leslie Barson is ‘Beats & Eats’. Young people with a love of music and cooking will enjoy these workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays held at the Granville Centre. Attendees will be guided through cooking (and eating!) a variety of tasty dishes, as well as having the opportunity to take part in music and dance sessions.

South Kilburn is sporty! Teens can work up a sweat and shoot hoops in the free basketball sessions being offered by the London Basketball Association (LBA). British summer wouldn’t be complete without a good kick about; so local company Elite Sports will be holding football/futsal games – which are a fast-paced and fun twist on the beautiful game.  

South Kilburn’s, Elite Sports will also be running ‘multi-sports’ sessions. These fun sessions will help kids and teenagers to develop their sports skills, balance, co-ordination and more with fun exercises and games. Those who want to get fitter can take advantage of free training sessions at the South Kilburn open spaces new outdoor gym, which will take place every Friday.

South Kilburn Trust have teamed up with the founder of Ultra Education, award-winning serial entrepreneur Julian Hall. Aspiring young business moguls can develop their business skills and strategy while making new friends! These sessions will be held every Wednesday at South Kilburn Studios.

The free workshops have been funded by South Kilburn Trust and John Lyon’s Charity, the full activities schedule can be found in the ‘What’s On: Youth Summer Guide’ which is being distributed locally. All sessions will take place in South Kilburn, however non-residents of South Kilburn are welcome!

For more information contact:

South Kilburn Trust

Call: 020 7328 1199

Email: hello@southkilburntrust.org

Twitter: @SKTrustNW6

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southkilburnNW6/

Instagram: @SKTrust

Snapchat: @SKTrust

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Over one thousand people joined residents at the annual South Kilburn Family Festival on Saturday 23rd July at South Kilburn Open Space.

Revellers were treated to a range of stalls, activities, games and the Nature Learning Zone hosted by SK Family Festival partners Kilburn Park Primary School. Entertainment throughout the day included a headline performance from Britain’s Got Talent Finalists and South Kilburn residents, J unity. Tabot dancers aged 6 -11 vowed their crowd with their dance moves and local Somali singer Faisal gave the audience a taste of Somali culture. Other acts included Josephine’s African dance extravaganza, a basketball trickster and a dance challenge led by local children.

This year’s festival has been hailed ‘the best yet’. Local resident, Laddy said, “Events like this are what make me proud to be from South Kilburn. The reason I say that is because of the community feel I received at the festival. It has been great seeing my friends in a positive light, seeing strangers coming together and even being offered free food!

“It’s been lovely seeing the community come together, the police laughing and dancing with us and giving us tips on how to stay safe. I’d like to say thank you to the South Kilburn Trust for organising the festival and please continue to do so, you’ve given me back the South Kilburn that I love!”

Chief Executive of South Kilburn Trust, Mark Allan said, “South Kilburn Trust would like to thank everyone that came to support this year’s South Kilburn Family Festival – it was a truly remarkable day and a genuine sense of community was felt all round. The feedback we have had has been phenomenal and will help us when planning next year’s event. A special 'thanks' to this year’s event partner, Kilburn Park School and the event sponsors Network Homes, Starsky Clouds, K2K, London Graphics and Brent Partnership.

If you are interested in having a stall at next year’s event or would like to be a sponsor, please email rita@southkilburntrust.org

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Let’s celebrate South Kilburn! Summer is here at last and the biggest event of the year is just days away – put Saturday 23 July in your diary now! The South Kilburn Festival is an annual celebration of all that South Kilburn has to offer – local talent, new and established businesses, rich culture and diversity, and boundless energy. It marks the end of a week of Festival events which showcase the best of our local area.

Headlining the Festival this year are J-Unity, winners of Unsigned Stars and semi-finalists in Britain’s Got Talent. Their confidence and energy are an inspiration, and they’re a great example of the music and creativity of our local area.

And there’s plenty more! On the main stage Festival-goers will also enjoy the Metronome Steel Band, the local Tabot Dancers group (all under ten!), Somali singers – and of course the ever-popular Dance Challenge!

There’s something for all the family at the South Kilburn Festival, including free activities for the children: sports, inflatable games, and fun to be had in the Nature Learning Zone, run from the neighbouring Kilburn Park School. Local residents willalso enjoy a range of approximately 30 stalls featuring local businesses and organisations, arts, crafts and clothing.

South Kilburn Trustplans and delivers the event with the help and guidance of residents, and in partnership with Kilburn Park School. The Trust isthe leading local charity and they bring not just their expertise, but their passion for the area. Chief executive Mark Allen sums it up: ‘At South Kilburn Trust we’re proud to be working every day to support long-term positive change in South Kilburn. The Festival is the highlight of our year and our chance to get the community together to celebrate. This year will be the best yet!’

And there’s a whole week of Festival events to enjoy: the Starsky Clouds Fashion Show on Monday 18th, Elders Vintage Tea Party on Tuesday 19th, Somali Womens’ Group Celebration on Thursday 21st, and Josephine’s African Dance Extravaganza on Friday 22nd.

Last year’s event attracted over 1,000 people and we expect this year to be just as successful.

For more information visit southkilburnnw6.london, email hello@southkilburntrust.org or call 020 7328 1199.

South Kilburn Festival is sponsored by Network Homes, Kilburn Park Primary, Brent Partnership, Starsky Clouds, K2K radio and London Graphics.

The South Kilburn Festival will take place on Saturday 23 July from 12–6p.m. at South Kilburn Open Space, Carlton Vale Road, NW6 5QD. The event is free.

Nearest Tube: Kilburn Park (Bakerloo Line) or Queens Park (Bakerloo and OvergroundLine) – a 7 minute walk. Buses: 6, 316, 31, 328, 32, 189, 36, 187, 206

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Following the successful application for a license from Brent Council, the South Kilburn Trust are pleased to confirm that this year’s South Kilburn Family Festival will take place on Saturday the 23rd of July – between 12-6pm – in the South Kilburn Open Space, on Carlton Vale Road, NW6 5QD. 

There will be a main stage with live music and performers, sports activities, as well as many inflatable games and children’s activities. There will also be a range of approximately 30 stalls featuring local businesses, caterers and organisations. Kilburn Park Primary School, located on the edge of South Kilburn Open Space, have partnered with the Trust to deliver this year’s festival, and will host the ‘Nature Learning Zone’ from their premises focusing on fun, family-friendly learning about nature.

Saturday’s main festival day will be preceded by a week of events and activities. Updates on the week’s events and the exact entertainment for the main day will be announced soon.

Mark Allan, Chief Executive at the South Kilburn Trust said, “I’m always excited for the summer festival, which has run in the area for over ten years and we at the Trust are proud to keep this important event happening. For the past two years, the festival has been organised by the South Kilburn Trust alongside a resident committee, and with the large-scale regeneration of the area, it is important for everybody that there is an occasion to celebrate South Kilburn as well as making newer residents feel welcome. The family-focused theme will ensure a great atmosphere on the day.”

Laurence Keele, Headteacher at Kilburn Park Primary School said, “We are really excited to be working with the South Kilburn Trust on this amazing community event – what a great way to end the term. The South Kilburn festival is literally on our doorstep, so when the Trust approached us to work with them, we were more than happy to extend the day’s activities to the school’s premises. The children are looking forward to the event and if last year’s event is anything to go by, it’s going to be a great day.”

Last year’s event attracted over 1,000 people and we expect this year to be as successful.

The Trust has a range of opportunities available for local people to participate in the festival:

Volunteer Stewards

Our volunteer stewards play a vital role in the success of the festival. We are looking for a team of volunteer stewards. Stewards will have their travel expenses and lunch paid for, and will be part of a creative and hardworking team. This is a great opportunity to gain some valuable experience. The stewarding of the festival is managed by our Employment and Enterprise team who will support all volunteers. Training will be provided.

Stalls and Food Hygiene Course

There has already been significant interest from potential stallholders but we are looking for more businesses, community groups, organisations and food-sellers to take part.

All food-sellers must show they have a valid Food Safety certificate. The South Kilburn Trust has organised a FREE Level 2 Food Safety Course for South Kilburn residents. Non-residents will be charged £98. The course is free for JSA, ESA and Universal Credit claimants.

For stall booking, stewarding or Food Hygiene course enquiries, please contact lauren@southkilburntrust.org.

For media enquiries, please contact rita@southkilburntrust.org or phone 0207 328 1199

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South Kilburn Mascot Competition

The South Kilburn Trust are holding a competition to design and name a mascot for South Kilburn. The mascot will be present at all our events starting with the South Kilburn Summer Family Festival on July 23rd 2016.

We want the design and the name to come from children of the area aged 6-16 year old. Please draw a sketch of your idea for a mascot that suits your home. The mascot can be anything you imagine - and don’t forget a name.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday the 31st of May and the winning entry, as well as seeing their design come to life, will receive a small prize from us.

Either email your entry to hello@southkilburntrust.org or simply drop into our office at Carlton Hall, Canterbury Terrace, NW6 5DX.

Many thanks,

The South Kilburn Trust

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South Kilburn based chef, Dee Woods has been announced as the BBC’s Cook of the year at the 16th annual BBC Food and Farming Awards.

Every week you can find Dee at the Granville Community Kitchen cooking for an event, a class or the free community meal every Friday evening. Although Dee is involved with a wide range of food growing and food education initiatives across London, it is for her work at the Granville Community Kitchen that she has been recognized with this award.

Selected out of 9,000 entrants to reach the final, she was chosen as the winner last Thursday the 28th of April. The awards night was a place to recognize all areas of food, from production and farming approaches, through to final prepared dishes and drinks. Her fellow finalists were equally inspirational and worked in schools to provide low cost, healthy, school lunches.

Dee was surprised to be announced the winner, in her category, and had been delighted to attend the event, meeting all the producers and food pioneers - as well as top chef’s, including a personal favourite Yotam Ottolenghi.

"Food truly connects us all and transcends ethnicity, age, class, ability, gender, language, and financial status. Winning this award is a true testimony to the strength, spirit and resilience of the South Kilburn community. I am just proud that my cooking, my soul food is a part of what brings the community together, “says Dee.

BBC One’s Countryfile will report on the Awards on Sunday 8 May.

Come and join the amazing Dee at the Granville Community Kitchen every Friday evening from 5.45pm – 7.15pm for a free meal, usually with both vegan and meat options available.

For further information on the Granville Community Kitchen see Twitter: @GranComKitchen or email granvillecommunitykitchen@gmailcom.

Image: Dee Woods 

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South Kilburn based chef, Dee Woods has been announced as the BBC’s Cook of the year at the 16th annual BBC Food and Farming Awards.

Every week you can find Dee at the Granville Community Kitchen cooking for an event, a class or the free community meal every Friday evening. Although Dee is involved with a wide range of food growing and food education initiatives across London, it is for her work at the Granville Community Kitchen that she has been recognized with this award.

Selected out of 9,000 entrants to reach the final, she was chosen as the winner last Thursday the 28th of April. The awards night was a place to recognize all areas of food, from production and farming approaches, through to final prepared dishes and drinks. Her fellow finalists were equally inspirational and worked in schools to provide low cost, healthy, school lunches.

Dee was surprised to be announced the winner, in her category, and had been delighted to attend the event, meeting all the producers and food pioneers - as well as top chef’s, including a personal favourite Yotam Ottolenghi.

"Food truly connects us all and transcends ethnicity, age, class, ability, gender, language, and financial status. Winning this award is a true testimony to the strength, spirit and resilience of the South Kilburn community. I am just proud that my cooking, my soul food is a part of what brings the community together, “says Dee.

BBC One’s Countryfile will report on the Awards on Sunday 8 May.

Come and join the amazing Dee at the Granville Community Kitchen every Friday evening from 5.45pm – 7.15pm for a free meal, usually with both vegan and meat options available.

For further information on the Granville Community Kitchen see Twitter: @GranComKitchen or email granvillecommunitykitchen@gmailcom.

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Twiss&Beats, a networking experience with a ‘Twiss,’ is coming to South Kilburn. The event series, presented by South Kilburn based business, Positive Slogans - an offshoot of Twiss Branding – aims to give aspiring young local entrepreneurs a creative space to network and share ideas.  Twiss&Beats launches on the 29th April at South Kilburn Studios, 2a Canterbury Road, Kilburn, London NW6 5SW from 6:30pm – 10:30pm and will be followed by a further two events on 13th May and the 10th June 2016.

Twiss&Beats will give local young people of Brent and afar, an opportunity to meet new people and get involved in fun games that promote teamwork and collaboration, whilst being entertained by breathtaking performances from home grown talent ranging from singing, inspirational Speakers to MCs and Urban Karaoke.

The event is a culmination of a range of projects and events supported by South Kilburn Trust through South Kilburn Studios.

Jamie Akinola, founder of Positive Slogans, said: “This is a great opportunity for likeminded and passionate young people to get together and network. In an era where social media is killing our social skills, Positive Slogans is committed to providing opportunities for local young people to participate in positive and creative activities.”

Muriel Kalu, a local young person on the event team, says: “I think Twiss&Beats is a positive event for the community because it gives people something to look forward to. Growing up in the area there were a variety of things to enjoy like trips to Thorpe Park, Theatres and South Kilburn Festival. Where people become busy with work, school and general life, events such as Twiss&Beats allow people to reunite with old friends, make new ones and to let their hair down.

The event entry fee is £5. For further information contact Jamie Akinola on 07538 904 063 or Jamie.akinola@yahoo.co.uk

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South Kilburn’s entrepreneurs were out in full force yesterday at South Kilburn Trust’s Networking & Pitching event. Pitchers put forward their businesses ideas to a panel of experts for a chance to win a grant of £1000 to accelerate their ventures.

The event aims to jump-start local businesses by providing exclusive advice, support and a much-needed cash injection, and has been a massive hit with the community, signalling a real thirst for enterprise in the area.

Panelists included The Apprentice runner-up, Bianca Miller, South Kilburn Trust Chair, Ros Dunn, Business and Entrepreneur, Julian ‘Ultrapreneuer’ Hall and Rob Faldo of Bloomberg LP. The event was hosted by Kiss FM presenter, AJ King. 

Business pitches ranged from cosmetics and jewellery making, to property management and fashion. All contenders fiercely put forward their business cases and underwent rigorous questioning by panelists on the viability of their concepts. But it was the pitch by south Kilburn resident, Anne Bharwani, owner of Beauty Beholder - an innovative online cosmetics shop for ethnic women - which stole the show winning a prize for 'the best pitch' courtesy of the event sponsor, Bloomberg LP.

The highlight of the evening was an inspirational speech by The Apprentice runner-up, Bianca Miller who gave a candid account of her journey to success. Bianca told the audience about the struggles she encountered as she climbed the ladder of the success and encouraged the businesses to unwaveringly pursue their ambitions.

Bianca said, "The event was fantastic, I was very happy to see a number of entrepreneurs in the room pitching their business idea and previous pitchers who were there to support others in the community. For many, I felt the opportunity to pitch wasn't just about the money it was a way for them to share their journey and ambitions with audience, to get their 'buy in' and to assist in getting their dreams out of their head to become more of a reality.

“I would like to commend the South Kilburn Trust in being strong advocates for entrepreneurship in the community. Finally, I want to wish the best of luck to those who succeed in receiving a £1000 grant I hope this is helps to propel your business forward."

Lauren Bailey, South Kilburn Trust Employment and Enterprise Manager, said, “The enterprise movement in South Kilburn is truly inspiring. The fact that there are a growing number of people finding gaps in the market and setting up businesses as a result is absolutely amazing.  This is true community spirit and is key in helping the community to grow and prosper."

South Kilburn Trust would like to thank the event supporters Natwest, Amar Jones accountancy, WeSeeNow IT services and Network Housing. For more information about the Networking and Pitching event series, contact Lauren Bailey on 020 7328 1199 or email lauren@southkilburntrust.org

Image 1: Anne Bharwani owner of Beauty Beholder 

Image 2: (Left to right) Host AJ King and panellists Bianca Miller, Ros Dunn, Rob Faldo and Julian ‘Ultrapreneur’ Hall

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It’s confirmed, The Apprentice runner-up and award-winning entrepreneur, Bianca Miller will join the panel for Part 3 of South Kilburn Trust’s Networking and Pitching event on the 23rd March at South Kilburn Studios. South Kilburn’s budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to ‘sell’ their ideas to the panel for a chance to be awarded a grant of £1000 for their ventures.

In true entrepreneurial spirit, the popular event aims to jump-start local businesses by providing exclusive advice, support and a much-needed cash injection. Pitchers will undergo rigorous questioning by the panel, who will offer their expertise in a bid to fine tune the ventures.

Panellists include:

Bianca Miller

Ros Dunn, South Kilburn Trust Independent Chair

Julian ‘Ultrapreneur’ Hall, Businessman and Entrepreneur

Rob Faldo, Bloomberg PLC

Information and service stands:

Natwest Banking

Amar Jones Accountancy

Wee See Now – IT services for businesses

Host:

AJ King, Kiss FM presenter

Bianca Miller will also give a key note speech about her journey from Apprentice contender to successful business woman. Bianca Miller said, “I am looking forward to sharing the story of my journey from graduate to award winning entrepreneur to The Apprentice and onwards

with the audience at South Kilburn Trust’s Networking and Pitching event. Most importantly I am excited to hear budding entrepreneurs pitch their business and hopefully my fellow panelists and I will be able to give them valuable advice to enhance their business opportunities.”

South Kilburn Trust Chair, Ros Dunnsaid, “I’m delighted to be involved in this exciting event, and looking forward to seeing what I’m sure will be some really great pitches from budding entrepreneurs. We all know that starting up a new business can be very daunting, especially for young people, and I love the thought that we have a hand in giving some future business leaders their first big break!”

The event will be held on 23rd March at South Kilburn Studios from 6pm – 8.30pm. For more information contact Lauren Bailey on 020 7328 1199 or email lauren@southkilburntrust.org

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South Kilburn Trust today launched a new free weekly legal advice servicein partnership with the advice charity Advising London. This will be the only local service offering advice in housing, employment, debt, benefits and consumer legal issues. The service is much needed and has been asked for by many local residents.The service will be delivered by a team of expert advisors from Advising London.

Chief Executive of Advising London, Helen Rice, said, “This is Advising London’s first venture north of the river, and I am very excited by it. Modern life is tough, and everyone needs advice once in a while. Advising London has the best staff and we hope to work with the South Kilburn Trust to give South Kilburn the advice service it needs“.

The event was attended by over 30 people, many of whom were local residents, and representatives of organisations including the Kilburn Salvation Army and South Kilburn Older People’s Project. The service was officially launched by Brent Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Development, Cllr. Margaret McLennan.

Cllr. Margaret McLennan, said, “South Kilburn is transforming. It is important that the community works together to support local residents to develop and grow. I am delighted to be officially launching this advice service which will provide different local people the opportunity to achieve this growth.”

Chief Executive of the South Kilburn Trust, Mark Allan, said, “The South Kilburn Trust asked local residents what they wanted and needed. A local advice service was one of the most common responses. So I am glad the Trust is launching this service today with Advising London. The service is free to residents of South Kilburn and totally confidential.“

Local resident, Pauline, said, “I am very happy that an advice service for local people is being launched in South Kilburn. People here have been waiting for this for a long, long time. People need advice for all sorts of different reasons and this service help them”.

The drop-in service will run every Wednesday at the Trust’s offices on Canterbury Terrace, South Kilburn, NW6 5DX from 10.00 am – 13.00pm for South Kilburn residents.

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Dates for SK Dementia Carers’ Group

The dementia carers’ group aims to provide a space where carers can access free advice and support, and meet other carers and although the group is primarily targeted at South Kilburn residents, it is open to carers outside South Kilburn who either care for someone with dementia or suspect a loved one has the illness. Member carers can receive specialist advice, tips, and friendly non-judgmental support from other carers and specialists.

South Kilburn Trust will be running the group on the following dates:

Monday 7th March    

Monday 4th April       

Venue: South Kilburn Trust, Carlton Hall, Canterbury Terrace, London, NW6 5DX

Time: 4-5pm.

If you care for someone with dementia or need some information about the illness, please join us. This event is free and refreshments will be provided.

For more information please contact Nilufer@southkilburntrust.org or call 07436102924

 

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