South Kilburn’s population is talented, creative and driven. It is an area with many different communities. However it does have higher than average levels of unemployment, poverty, and health concerns, as well as typically lower incomes for those who do work. The South Kilburn Trust was founded in 2011 to help address these issues and create new opportunities.
In 2014, the Trust took over the running of South Kilburn Studios, a well known business incubator and start-up space, which subsequently led to our success in winning funding from the Mayor of London, in partnership with Brent Council, to refurbish much loved old building into a community and workspace hub, The Granville, which re-opened in May 2018.
The South Kilburn Trust manages The Granville, which provides events space, community activities, workspace and business support to local people. By developing and maintaining the building, we are protecting its community use and making sure that it continues to play an important part in the life of South Kilburn.
The Trust is managed by a team of professional staff who are accountable to a Board of Trustees. About half of the staff and Trustees are South Kilburn residents. We would like to increase that local ownership and accountability even more, so we are creating an additional Trustee position to be nominated and elected by you, the local community.
WHAT IS THE WORK?
The Board meets about 6 times a year to oversee the work of the South Kilburn Trust, including its management of The Granville community centre.
Meetings are around 2 hours long and usually take place in the evening. There are some papers and reports to read in advance of meetings. Some of these are occasionally technical, but we always try to use “Plain English” and support is available for anyone who needs it.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Anyone who lives in South Kilburn can be nominated for this Trustee position, provided
they meet the following legal criteria:
• Must be over 16 years old
• Must not be bankrupt (undischarged) or have an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) • Must not have an unspent conviction for certain offences (including any that involve
dishonesty or deception)
• Must not be on the sex offenders’ register
Anyone wanting to become a Trustee must also be committed to the aims and values of South Kilburn Trust. These can be found on our website, www.southkilburntrust.org.
HOW DO I APPLY?
To apply for this Trustee position you must be nominated by at least 25 local residents or by a locally active community organisation. You must also confirm that you meet all 4 legal criteria mentioned above and that you are committed to the aims and values of South Kilburn Trust.
You can pick up a nomination form at The Granville or download one from our website. The deadline for completed nominations is 5pm on Thursday 14th November.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
All nominations that meet the eligibility criteria will be submitted to the Board of the South Kilburn Trust, who will shortlist up to 3 candidates. These 3 candidates will then be invited to present themselves at the Annual Public Meeting that is taking place at The Granville on Saturday 14th December. There will be a public vote at that meeting to select the successful candidate.
By opening itself up in this way, South Kilburn Trust is showing its commitment to continue to put the local community at the heart of everything it does, including its management and decision making process.
If you would like more information about the South Kilburn Trust or our work at The Granville, or would like an informal chat about the new Community Trustee role, please contact our Chief Executive Carl Blackburn on 020 7328 1199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Trust this week launches its mini impact report focused on some of the key highlights of the last year. The report is aimed at local residents and will be delivered to every home in South Kilburn and to all of our key partners and stakeholders and presented at a community event in June.
Mark Allan, Chief Executive says “It’s amazing how time flies and here we are celebrating one year of the re-opening or The Granville. Our aim was to open up The Granville to local people, local organisations and local entrepreneurs and that’s what we’ve done. Thank you to everyone who helped us make this happen”.
The South Kilburn Trust offers space for start-up and growing enterprises, space for community services and activities and space for people and organisations to hold their events. The Trust has a subsidised packaged for local people starting a new enterprise, and rooms from £2.50 per hour for community groups. The aim is to make the building accessible to everyone.
Mary Arnold, Trustee and long time community champion, says “It’s been an amazing year. But we want to do more and really make sure The Granville is used by everyone. We are holding a Communi-Tea on the 12th June and it will be an opportunity for anyone who hasn’t met the Trustees to come and chat to us about what else we should be doing. And there will be lots of tea and cake!”
The Communi-Tea is open to everyone of all ages, and will be at The Granville on 12th June from 3.30pm to 7pm with free (please check time and date and add in what’s on offer).
To see the report please click here.
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