Welcome to the Venture Projects page. These are projects that are apart of us, and that we are proud to continue to support. Through these schemes, we are able to offer help to some of the most vulnerable in the community and offer volunteers and workers important, employable skills.
The Venture Community Association (VCA) was established in 1960 and comprises; the oldest Adventure Playground in UK delivering OFSTED registered children’s services, a purpose-built Steel Panyard and a thriving Community Centre.
The Venture Centre
Welcome to the Venture activities page, we host a wide range of activities at the centre. Some sessions are available for free whilst others have a small cost attached, you can take a look at the timetable below to see what we have on offer or use the drop down menu to find a specific activity.
Community Champions is a long established project that the Venture Centre is excited to bring to Golborne, focusing on the Wornington Green and Swinbrook Estates. This program is headed up by the Community Champions Manager, Wasim Abd-El Aziz. The aim of this project is to achieve a healthy, happy Golborne and we do this by organising social events and delivering health and wellbeing messages to our family, friends and neighbours. We are looking for people like you - that live on the Wornington Green or Swinbrook Estates - who want to excel in health.
What do you get by becoming a Champion? All our Champions receive lots of training, such as Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement, Safeguarding and Mental Health First Aid. This is also a fantastic opportunity to add to your CV, make new friends and give back to a wonderful community.
As a Champion you can volunteer as little or as much time as you can, there are no special requirements or experience needed!
Your local Community Champion:
Wasim Abd-El Aziz
Hi, my name is Wasim, and I am the Community Champions lead at Venture Centre. Having grown up in West London and attended school with many people from within the community, it allows me to feel a real sense of purpose in the work that I do here at Venture. I work closely with community champions to promote activites, schemes and campaigns that will enhance the health and wellbeing of local residents.
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MATERNITY CHAMPION PROJECT
The Maternity Champions programme is a Public Health initiative centred around a team of highly skilled, local volunteers who have a passion for supporting parents on their parenting journey.
The project runs across the borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is based at 5 community Hubs. Each Hub is led and supported by a Champion Hub Project Manager. The Maternity Champions help new and expectant parents from pregnancy through to baby’s first birthday in a range of ways including preparing for birth, bonding with baby, breastfeeding peer support and first aid.
Your local Maternity Champion:
Hi, I’m Sona. I run the Maternity Champions project across Kensington & Chelsea, and am based at Venture. With an amazing team of local volunteers, we run activities across the borough to support families from pregnancy through to their first year after the birth. Having a baby can be an exciting, but potentially stressful time. I believe everyone deserves access to the best support! Please get in touch if you would like to know more about this great project and how it supports local communities, or have a look at our calendar of activities!
Maternity Champions want parents and their wider families living in the area to get the most from local ante- and postnatal services and community services to make this important stage of their lives the best it can be: they understand that being pregnant and having a baby is an amazing experience but that at times can be overwhelming and isolating. The Maternity Champions project offer a support network for parents and their up-to-one year old and they do this via peer support, signposting to various organisations for vulnerable families and establishing a place for parents to talk without judgement. Maternity Champions run weekly activities such as Parent Baby Yoga; Baby and Me - a song and rhyme time activity that focuses on baby brain development/parent baby bonding - Baby Salsa and Me; Baby Massage and Coffee Mornings. As well as this, we offer one off events like Nappy Natter & Baby Equipment Swap; Pamper Me Parenthood Party and Connecting Care for Children. These wellbeing courses are delivered by paediatric consultants from Imperial. Maternity Champions receive accredited training in NCT Birth and Beyond; Domestic Violence Awareness Training; FGM Awareness Training; Perinatal Mental Health Training; Safeguarding to Level 3 and are all DBS Checked. You will find Maternity Champions scattered across community services like GP Surgeries; midwifery and health visitor clinics; children's centres etc.
Notting Hill Adventure Playground is a play space where children and young people engage by choice. Open Mon-Fri from 3.30pm-6.00pm and Saturdays from 12.15pm-3:45pm, the playground is supervised by play workers who advocate for young people’s right to play.
Our address is:
Notting Hill Adventure Playground
103a Wornington Road,
London, W10 5YB
School holiday hours are as follows:
10:30am - 4:00pm during February, May and October half term.
10:30am - 5:00pm during Easter and Summer holidays.
Breakfast Club hours are as follows:
8:15am - 10:30am during all school holidays.
We charge £5 per day, per child and £4 for additional siblings. Places need to be pre booked at reception. Children and young people are required to sign in and out (both on arrival and departure) so that we can monitor numbers for health and safety reasons, fire evacuations etc. If you wish for your child/young person not to leave the playground, you will need to discuss this with them.
We have a strict 'no mobile phone' policy on the playground but do understand that you may want to keep in contact with your child. In these cases, you can call the playground on 0208 960 3234.
Notting Hill Adventure playground is registered with OfSTED (office for standards in education) under the voluntary childcare register. We are funded by the council to deliver open access play provision for children aged 5yrs (in Year 1) to 15 years.
"Our Playground is an Open Play Provision for North Kensington"
WHAT IS OPEN ACCESS?
There are three key elements which define 'Open Access':
Free of charge at the point of entry:
Children and young people are not required to pay to use the playground because play is a fundamental right of all children.
Free to come and go:
Children must feel the freedom to choose when they want to arrive and leave the playground. No child
should feel confined to the playground.
Free to choose:
In order to assist in the development of self-esteem and confidence, children should be able to choose what activities they wish to be involved in when.
For more information on our playground, contact on 0208 960 3234 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, complete and return the registration form listed below, and follow the Open Access guidelines.
Venture steel pan yard
Venture steel pan yard is a leading light in the Caribbean community in Britain. The Orchestra is recognised as being innovative, talented and highly professional - as well as being a focal point for young people as a place to come together.
Venture steel pan yard was formed in 1978. Venture steel pan yard - in competition with bands such as Ebony, Mangrove and the London All Stars - won many Coveted awards including the first GLC Capitol Radio Music Festival in 1983, 1984 and 1985. It was the only band to achieve this distinction. Venture steel pan yard was placed second at the 1997 National Steel bands Panorama (the largest annual steel pan event in Europe).
PANYARD IN EDUCATION
During 1987, Venture Steel Pan Yard introduced a community action scheme of touring schools and teaching the art of playing the steelpan. This project was the catalyst that introduced the steelpan to educational establishments in Britain. Venture Steel Pan Yard - in partnerships with local schools - continue to hold Steelpan classes in their pan yard (the first purpose built, sound proofed pan yard in Britain) in North Kensington.
Still in its development stage is the Panyard Trail Workpack. This is a pack produced by the Venture Steel Pan Yard and the African & Caribbean Music Circuit and is designed to enhance and complement conventional Panyard learning. It allows each student to work at their own pace, and consolidates individual manual dexterity and musical knowledge. The Panyard Trail Workpack will be extremely valuable in introducing standardised teaching methods to many panyards throughout the UK.
Venture steel pan yard Saturday classes are free and are open to all age groups. The highlight of the year for Venture steel pan yard students is to play 'on de road' at the Notting hill Carnival, Europe's biggest Caribbean Release of energy and the world's seconds largest Carnival.
"A Part of Venture. Always Has Been and Always Will Be!"
Venture Steel Pan Yard members consist of players ranging from ages 7-57. The children accompany their parents to rehearsals and nature does the rest! Currently, there are five under twelve's in the Orchestra who are full members. Venture steel pan yard welcome new members like old friends - come and see!
In May 1998, Venture Steel Pan Yard was invited to Switzerland to perform and present workshops at the Bierfest (Biermensdorf). 30 members (including 9 juniors and 3 chaperones) made the five day trip; for many, this was their second visit. Host and sponsor, Walter Strueli of Strueli Technologies was so impressed that the Orchestra were invited again for 1999.