Who We Are
We celebrate the true diversity embodied by social housings’ architecture, the way it unites people of every different age, class and race. Our work focuses on all we have in common; the spaces we share, the heritage that belongs to all of us, and the youth of tomorrow, for whom we are all responsible.
Our free sessions are targeted at and prioritise North Kensington estate residents. If we’ve space we let others get involved. We work with National partners on projects like our UK estate tours, which advocate and celebrate social housing.
Who is SPID?
A registered charity specialising in high quality community theatre on council estates, whose remit is to advance education by the promotion of the arts, citizenship and community development. We are not for profit which and have no shareholders. About half of our staff and participants are local, but we also have a National profile in terms of touring UK estates, getting estate residents on the news and securing rave reviews in papers like the Guardian. Both locally and Nationally, we advocate social housing.
How is SPID funded?
We multifund all our work in order to keep autonomy and have funding from trusts, the lottery, the government and donations. The funding we’ve secured for the refurb was only possible because we’re a charity and would not have been available to other organisations like residents’ associations. It was granted on the basis of our strong track record working on and with north Kensington estates since 2005. Our running costs and turnover are low – we try to pay £12 an hour but often work as volunteers/ for minimum wage.
Does anyone from Kensal come to SPID?
Yes all our free activities (Far Far Away, Living History, Space Share, Community Hub ) have had and continue to have Kensal participants. Some activities have been and are currently run by them too and we fundraise in order to pay for this community work. Many of our members are also residents.
How do payments work?
We are committed to paying local residents and expert specialists. Some of these people are trustees because lived experience matters to our board. Trustees can not be paid for board duties and we do not do this as it would be a conflict of interest but we can and do pay them for their community work. This is in line with the charity’s commission and our constitution.
Why does SPID have a lease?
SPID first asked for a lease from the council (who are the community rooms’ freeholders) when the TMO tried to take over and run the community rooms for profit – at which time we also registered the space as a community asset to stop it being sold off. In fact we’ve been trying to restore the space since 2005 and have invested around £80 000 in things like central heating and equipment to bring the flooded, neglected, mouldy rooms back into use- but without a long term lease, were not eligible for bigger funding. We finally secured a long term lease when we proved that in return we would bring in more than £1m funding to refurbish the community rooms.