Let’s talk about The Curve

Closed 7 Oct 2021

Opened 18 Aug 2021

Feedback updated 3 Dec 2021

We asked

The Council held a seven week consultation from 18 August to 7 October 2021 to give as many North Kensington residents the opportunity to have their say and join the conversation about the future of The Curve services and the remaining £1.3M budget from 2022-24.

The community were invited to have their say and vote for their preferred option via an online survey promoted in Council and third-party communication channels throughout the consultation period. A paper copy of the survey was also distributed to 29,000 addresses in seven North Kensington wards.

The consultation asked residents: ‘What would your preference be for the future of the Curve?'

a)         Curve services relocated in another community centre building?

b)         A Curve legacy fund, designed to fund projects that serve the north Kensington community.

c)         A combination of ‘a’ and ‘b’.

d)         Another idea, developed and overseen by the Curve Legacy Steering Group. A free text box was provided for this option, so respondents could write their ideas down and provide contact details.

The fourth option (Option D) gave people the opportunity to put forward their own ideas and suggestions. During the consultation, the Curve Board of Governors put forward their idea of a Community Trust as an idea under this option which was subsequently promoted via an unbranded flyer and distributed to residents in North Kensington.

Using independent specialists

To ensure an unbiased and thorough approach from the outset, the Council appointed independent community engagement specialists.

Incentivising participation

The community were also invited to participate in real world and virtual workshops which were incentivised with a £20 Love2Shop gift voucher to recognise participants' time.

Widening reach to hear from as many North Kensington residents as possible

In addition to the survey and the workshops, this consultation involved community events and engagement at The Curve plus several high footfall locations which provided a broad range of North Kensington residents with multiple opportunities to join the conversation, have their voices heard and have their say about how they would like the future Curve budget to be spent. To reach out to as many North Kensington residents as possible, this consultation was promoted using:

  • Translated copies of the survey
  • Article in North Ken News.
  • Social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Nextdoor.
  • Targeted Facebook adverts to North Ken residents.
  • The Council’s website and enewsletters to residents, voluntary and community organisations, faith organisations and resident associations.
  • Posters displayed at The Curve and on local estate noticeboards.
  • Electronic noticeboards on local estates.
  • A new dedicated Curve enewsletter for residents specifically signed up to receive Curve updates.
  • Suggestion box at The Curve for completed surveys.
  • Sharing content with community and voluntary sector partners to include in their channels.

You said

A total of 167 responses were received. The results indicated that the most popular preference was for ‘a Curve Legacy Fund, designed to fund projects that serve the North Kensington community’, with 30 per cent of respondents preferring this.

The second most popular choice, ‘another idea, developed and overseen by the Curve Legacy Steering Group’, was chosen by 22 per cent of respondents. Within that, the majority (but not all) respondents endorsed the Board of Governor’s proposal for a Community Trust.

A consistent theme, throughout the consultation period, was concern relating to the sustainability of the Curve legacy beyond the ending of the recovery strategy. The Community Trust option was considered a way that this could happen, whilst also ensuring greater community ownership over decision-making. 

We did

Based on the results of this consultation and the majority view, on 10 November 2021 the Council formally agreed to work with North Kensington communities to form a resident-led Curve Legacy Steering Group, who we will partner with to:

  • create a Curve Legacy Fund, designed to fund projects that serve the North Kensington community, based on their expressed needs and
  • form a Community Trust to oversee the Curve Legacy Fund. The Community Trust’s focus will also be to sustain the Curve Legacy after the five-year strategy has concluded in March 2024.

In addition 

After the consultation ended Kensington and Chelsea Council and The Curve Board of Governors held a public meeting to feedback to local North Kensington residents on 9 November 2021 as requested by the Curve Board of Governors. At this meeting the community was clear that in addition to the next steps for The Curve they want their own community space to be provided by Kensington and Chelsea Council in North Kensington. This was presented to the Leadership Team on 10 November 2021, the following was agreed: for Kensington and Chelsea Council to relook at the Community Asset Review that identifies Council buildings and commercial properties with a view to report back on the potential of local North Kensington spaces that could be made accessible for local community usage; this may include shared spaces.

Results updated 11 Nov 2021



The Curve’s Journey

The Curve originally provided emergency support for those affected by the Grenfell tragedy. Over time, and with hard work from the community, the services changed to provide 1:1 information advice and guidance; basic skills classes; language classes; and social events and activities for the residents of North Kensington, in line with their needs.

The Board of Governors' Statement

Your Curve

The Curve community provision is a valued community resource at the heart of the Grenfell Recovery programme providing the potential for endless opportunities and aspirations for local residents and communities in North Kensington. 

The Curve (as currently known) is firmly established on a vision ‘for the community, by the community and with the community,’ which is all about community empowerment through participation and involvement leading to a positive change in the lives of North Kensington residents. We want and expect all local residents to experience the benefits of positive change and wider opportunities to improve their lives and the lives of their families, particularly our young people so they can have the best chance to succeed in life. 

The community and the Board of Governors have always aspired for the Curve to secure a future legacy beyond the initial recovery timeframe and for this to be community led, community delivered and community based.  Securing a legacy for the community is a driving force as we know our communities need and deserve this. 

Since the Curve was established, it has evolved to respond to wider challenges and we have all experienced the impact of the Covid pandemic and the challenges this has brought with it. 

The Curve as a vital community resource can work with local residents and communities to create, extend and strengthen opportunities for recovery and legacy. Providing residents with better outcomes, improved quality of life and a stronger community.   

With the resources and capacity to deliver front line and developmental services for community we are strengthening our strategic plan to match our ambitions for the next 2.5 years to become a fixed item for our communities and to help to build upon individual and collective achievements.  

As a local community of leaders, professionals, individuals and families we have the confidence and ability to design and deliver community services that meet the needs of our community and to establish a strong platform so we can continue to expand and evolve into the longer term future, working collaboratively and constructively.  

Jacqui Haynes


Why your views matter

Deciding The Curve’s future

The lease for The Curve’s current premises, on Bard Road, is due to come to an end in June 2022 and so services will not be delivered from that site once the lease expires. 

The Curve’s Board of Governors aspiration is to ensure that the remaining budget of £1.3m is used to support those most affected by the Grenfell tragedy, with a much stronger connection to new and innovative initiatives that help the community to thrive. To fulfil this we need to ensure that The Curve’s future is shaped by you, the residents of North Kensington, while being mindful not to duplicate other community recovery initiatives such as the Grenfell Projects Fund, Community Leadership Programme and other existing support. We therefore, want to have a conversation with the community affected by Grenfell to hear what your aspirations are for the future of The Curve, while always remembering how The Curve came about and what it stands for.


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