Posts Tagged ‘Young People’

Children’s Well Being Champions Project

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Westbourne Family Centre Children's Well BeingA new and exciting project working with parents to empower children in health and leadership skills has been pioneered by the Mosaic Trust and Westbourne Park Family Centre.

Westbourne Park Family Centre eventThe project runs for an hour over 10 weeks with a mix of informative and interactive learning experiences in healthy eating, and physical, social and emotional well being including leadership skills.

Westbourne Park Family Centre eventWith the involvement and support of parents the children are able to learn and make changes to their health and self confidence to become health champions in their homes and school.

The children have a lot of fun learning with their parents and the feedback and attendance has been excellent

If you would like to know more please contact either Geoff Biggs on 020 7727 6019 ext. 2 or Lena Choudary-Salter on 020 7289 1170

Update from Open Age Westbourne hub

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Open Age Westbourne HubThe monthly mobile help at Amberley has been replaced by an intergenerational computer and mobile phone workshop every Thursday from 3:30 till 5:30 at Westminster Academy. Members enjoy one-to-one help and instruction to suit their needs from Academy 6th form students.

To keep fresh and active in spring there is a new Ballroom Dancing class beginning on Friday the 14th February at 3pm at Paddington Arts. The Yoga class will now take place in Paddington Arts on Wednesdays at 2pm; the class focuses on maintaining and improving flexibility, strength and overall well-being.

The Film Club continues to run on the First Friday of each month. On March 7th will be the uplifting Great Exotic Marigold Hotel and on April 11th the recently released Le Weekend. Both will be screened on the big screen at Westminster Academy and both cost just £1, afterwards academy students and members enjoy film discussion over tea and biscuits. Invite your friends and neighbours for what is always an enjoyable Friday afternoon!

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Westminster Academy in top 1%

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Westminster Academy is celebrating outstanding results which put it among the top schools in the country for progress made, as published in the school performance tables. Almost 70% students are now achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths – up from 17% when the Academy opened in 2007 – and the Academy is equally delighted that the progress made by individual students since joining the Academy is significantly above the national average.

TES Secondary School of the YearWestminster Academy is ranked in the top 1% of academies nationally in terms of progress measures for English, Science and its Best 8 score including English and maths. In English, 87% of students are achieving expected progress compared with 69% nationally, with 57% of students achieving more than expected progress, compared with 30% nationally. Maths results are equally impressive.

Outstanding School Ofsted gradeAmong some of the outstanding GCSE or equivalent results in 2013 were those of Sarah Al-Saad, who achieved 5 A*, 5 As and 1 B as well as an A in her Arabic AS Level. Sarah is now applying her academic skills to the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at the Sixth Form at Westminster Academy, where in 2013, Westminster Academy students beat the IB world average for the third year running.

All Westminster Academy students gain university offers and to further inspire students, the Academy’s sponsors are offering three ‘Dangoor Challenge’ scholarships for the first three students to gain a university place at Oxford, Cambridge or Imperial College in August 2015.

Pupil Premium AwardPrincipal, Smita Bora, reminded the community that the exceptional progress made by students at the Academy was reflected in last year’s Outstanding Ofsted grading and the ‘golden year’ that followed. In 2013, the Academy was presented with three national awards: the IAA (Independent Academies Association) Honorary President’s Award for Academy Transformation, TES Secondary School of the Year and the Deputy Prime Minister’s Pupil Premium Award. In addition, Westminster Academy was the only school in Westminster to win a Mayor of London’s Gold Club award. Each accolade recognises the success of the Academy’s personalised curriculum and aspirational, inclusive vision to attain excellence for all students.

Westbourne kids learn why building design matters

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Westbourne kids learning why design matters.Children from Westminster Academy are participating in a unique pilot project. Vital Regeneration, the local charity who work with Westminster City Council on the housing renewal programme, have got together with internationally acclaimed architecture practice Farrells to create an exciting educational programme.

Over ten weekly workshops ‘Sustainable Design Matters’ sees local children team up with professional architects to create their own designs for a development site in the Westbourne Green masterplan – the space under the Westway at Royal Oak.

Working in teams, students liaise with ‘clients’, face challenges such as budget cuts and disputes with neighbours and consider how to communicate their proposals. Farrells host the pioneering workshops which emulate real-life building projects and introduce the importance of sustainable building design.

Each weekly session includes a speaker talking about topics such as ‘Community and Place’, participants then have a chance to translate these ideas into their own work.

The workshops also aim to inspire local young people to consider careers in architecture, design and professions related to London’s dynamic construction industry. Making this possible by increasing their understanding of the industry and the opportunities it offers, going beyond the idea that a job in construction implies labouring on a building site.

Christian Tilleray, Deputy Chief Executive of Vital Regeneration, says

“Young people have typically been under-represented as contributors to neighbourhood development plans, despite the fact that they inherit the results. Our job is to involve and inspire the next generation of participants and we are delighted to be collaborating with Farrells to this end.”

Housing project at Harrow Road / Elmfield Way

Friday, September 13th, 2013
Public exhibition Paddington Arts, 32 Woodfield Road, W9 2BE
Opening times: Friday 20th September from 4pm to 8.30pm
Saturday 21st September from 11am to 3pm

Westminster Council is planning to redevelop the site on the corner of Harrow Road and Elmfield Way, combing specialist housing for people with learning disabilities and housing for rent for key workers.

The site currently includes a games area installed by PDT and Network Stadium Housing in 2010. At the time the games area was expected to be temporary because plans were already being drawn up for the longer-term development.

Elmfield Way ConsultationWestminster Council has agreed to provide a new games area as part of the new development. It will be significantly smaller than the current one, and will not be built till the last phase of the developments. We hope it can be designed as creatively as possible to give the best opportunities for games and play from a small area.

The public exhibition is your chance to meet the design team, see the designs, and comment on the plans for housing and for the games area.

More Links: ProjectLeaflet pdf.

Sun, Sand and Success at Westbourne Summer Festival

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The Beach at the Westbourne Summer Festival 2013With temperatures of 30 degrees, ice cream at the ready and a real, yes real sandy beach, the Westbourne Summer Festival held on Sunday 7th July, was an event enjoyed by many members of the local community.

The afternoon hosted by Chris Paradox brought together a number of organisations such as Westbourne Family Centre and Westminster Adult Education Services who pitched information stalls whilst children enjoyed face painting and time in the bouncy castle during an afternoon of entertainment and fun for all the family.

The festival also saw a host of local talent take to the stage from the likes of youth choir Lyric Voices to rock n’ roll from bands Scud Penguin and Crash Report who brought the afternoon to a close in style. The talent didn’t end there though, as the festival also had amazing food on offer from the classics of burgers and ice cream (not together obviously!) from JS catering to the exotic flavours of West African Cuisine.

All in all, the event which saw Westbourne Green transformed into ‘Costa Del Westbourne’ for the day was a great success, bringing a variety of fun filled activities to the area and a real feel -good factor to the local community.

Youth Services at the Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Youth Club graffitti style logoMonday at Stowe Community Centre is for young people with learning disabilities who are transitioning into adult life and independent living. One of the main focuses is integration into the community. Stowe enables interaction with other youths from all walks of life and provides a great base for socializing for the teens.

Activities in the Stowe Community Centre have opened facilities and classes to youths, enabling them to use the gym, take part in Zumba classes, and spend time with IT equipment. The centre also has more specialised studios for specific projects giving users the chance to try out different activities such as music production, costume making, t-shirt printing and photography to name a few, increasing their skills and broadening their horizons.

The service is free of charge and runs every Monday evening from 6:30-8:30pm. Transport to and from home may be available depending on individual circumstances. It’s also available every Thursday and Friday during Holiday and Half Term.

• Who can access

Youth services can be accessed by any young person aged between 13 and 20 who has a learning disability.

• How to access the service

Applications to access the youth services can be made directly to the Team Manager by young people themselves (aged 13-20) or through referral from family, schools or internal and external professionals such as Westminster Youth Referral Group.

• Contact details

If you would like to find out more about any of the Youth Services please contact Nicola Griffiths on 07581101524 or

WA students awarded for local volunteering

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Westbourne Park Family Centre Volunteering Awards recipient...As a part of the ‘Young Leader Project’, Westminster Academy students Miray Erturk, Ron Kavada and Abdullatif Reda Ali received Bronze awards for 25 hours of volunteering, Eden Kibala ( pictured ) a silver for 50 hours and Sharon and Elohim Kibala a Gold award for 100 hours. They all volunteered to work with the charity’s out of school children’s clubs.

Abdullatif explains “I volunteer once a week at the Westbourne Park Family Centre and for three days a week in the holidays. I help children to be able to make friends and play with other young people. I was really pleased to get the bronze award and will continue volunteering!”

By Geoff Biggs, Director, Westbourne Park Family Centre.
Congratulations to Miray, Ron, Abdullatif, Eden, Sharon and Elo-him!

Find us on Twitter!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Follow us on Twitter @LovePaddington, to be the first one to find out what we’ve got in store for you on 7th of July at Westbourne Summer Festival 2013.

Over the next few weeks, we will be gradually revealing the acts that will be performing on the stage. And not just that! We will also be posting about the brilliant attractions, workshops and the beach decorations that will  be appearing at the festival.

Get involved and find out everything through our Twitter page.

Westbourne Summer Festival 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Westbourne Summer Festival 'On the Beach' flyer.

It’s official… The Westbourne Summer Festival is now ‘On the Beach’

This year’s theme has been decided and the Westbourne Summer Festival is being transformed into a beach with a real ‘live’ beach to help create the mood.

Come along and enjoy ‘Costa del Westbourne’!