Why We are Needed

The ClementJames Centre operates in the Notting Barns ward of North Kensington, one of the most deprived areas in London.

  • Over 40% of children in the north of the borough of Kensington and Chelsea live in poverty. Disadvantaged children have lower aspirations and achieve less academically, they suffer greater ill-health and are more likely to be involved in anti-social behaviour and crime. The ClementJames Centre’s IntoUniversity programme supports over 1,400 children every year, raising their aspirations and helping them to fulfil their academic potential. 83% of our year 13 students secured a place in higher education last year. 95% said they would recommend IntoUniversity to a friend.
  • 24% of residents in the Notting Dale ward of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea do not have any qualifications. The Department for Work and Pensions has identified Notting Barns as having an acute need to address its unemployment rate. 8.6% of under 25s were unemployed in Kensington & Chelsea in 2011. To combat this, our IntoWork programme offers long-term, structured support to help local unemployed adults gain the qualifications and training necessary to progress into employment or higher education. 70% of our users found work or training over the first three years of the programme.
  • 53% of state school pupils in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea do not speak English as their main language. Many local adults are struggling to interact- with their community, their children’s school, their doctor- even shopping can be a challenge. And they can be intimidated by formal learning settings. The ClementJames Centre provides a welcoming environment. Our Communicate programme offers 10 English as a Second Language courses tailored to meet the needs of the individuals we work with, enabling them to play a fuller role in the community and realise their potential. 90% of last year’s higher level students are employed or in higher education.

Please go to our ‘How you can help’ section for ideas on how you can support our work.