In October Sotheby’s auction raised just under £2 million for the 158 surviving fami-lies affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Tracey Emin, Rachel Whiteread, Wolfgang Tilmans, Sarah Lucas, Mark Wallinger and Yinka Shonibare MBE were just some of the artists who donated their works to the auction. There are still available artworks should you wish to treat your loved one or yourself this Christmas. Snap up a limited edition print whilst they are still available by Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller.
Celebrated London artist Deller, known for his works on political and social themes donated the beautiful ‘Some Londoners’ print which was exclusively produced for ‘Art for Grenfell’ and is still available to buy from Worton Hall Studios. www.wortonhallstudios.com All proceeds of the print sales will be divided up equally by the North Kensington charity, ‘The Rugby Portobello Trust’ to be given to the survivors of Grenfell Tower. Art Producer Katie Heller and Film Producer Hamish McAlpine founders of ‘Art For Grenfell’, commented: “Six months on and most of the Grenfell survivors are still unhoused. Entire families will be spending Christmas in a single hotel room. It is wholly unacceptable that this is the situation in one of the richest boroughs in one of the richest cities in the world”.
RPT helps local young people to build their community by providing facilities, skills, activities and guidance that promote a stable society in a deprived area. Young people are not just our future, they are our present. For society to function properly, they have to func-tion properly. RPT is here to guide them on the journey through childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. Through a range of activities RPT gives stability and encouragement in lives that are often impacted by depri-vation and crime. RPT is open to all local children and young people for fun, learning, participation, communi-ty and self-improvement from the ages of 5 to 25. The RPT centre in Walmer Road is busy all day and at weekends. RPT works with approximately 1,150 young people on and off site. All the staff and volunteers are passionate, committed and professional about what the work of the RPT.
In RPT’s initial response to the Grenfell Tower disaster, RPT rapidly established a New Homes Team to support residents into their new accommodation and to help them access the various grants that became available, both through the local authority and from private donations. The team also coordinated the distribution of IT equipment (laptops, tablets and mobile phones) donated by Apple, Google, Fujitsu, Talk Talk and others to help families affected re-connect with loved ones and access their personal accounts, as well as essentials donated to us by various businesses, including Dixons, Boden, New Look and countless others. Although RPT anticipated that the New Homes Team would be a short-term project to address the immediate needs of the community in the days and weeks after the fire, the amount of ongoing support necessary to rebuild the lives of the survivors indicates that the team will continue for up to 12 months, ending only when residents have been offered, and have accepted, permanent accommodation and have successfully re-settled and have received all support necessary to move-on. As the team at RPT has been delivering services to the local community for over 15 years as RPT, and over 100 years under other names (Portobello Trust, Portobello Houseshare and Rugby Clubs), RPT is able to use the trust and relationships built up over time to lead the programme of resettlement and support. Many of those affected are already known service-users of RPT and our staff are known to them, allowing residents to be confident that they are treated as people, not numbers, by someone who knows them, their background and their individual life circumstances. RPT anticipates adding further services, such as a Community Café and Residents’ Drop-In.