Their Royal Highnesses hold links with many of the organisations involved in supporting the community and visited the hub on Tuesday, 5th September.
While many survivors of the fire are dealing with serious physical injuries, the emotional impact for many families, children and young people has been very serious as well. The Royal Foundation has worked with local leaders, experts in the field, Heads Together partners, and those already providing support in the local community to help to ensure that any additional response is adequately resourced and coordinated.
The need for a central coordination space for this activity was identified and The Royal Foundation signed the lease for the facility in July. The hub will provide a dedicated space for various agencies and community groups to continue working collaboratively, reach out to other statutory and voluntary organisations, hold meetings and organise counselling and supervision. There is also space for children and families to come in and speak to the organisations represented there if they need a safe space to talk.
During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses met representatives from organisations who are leading the emotional support response at the hub, including Place2Be, Child Bereavement UK, The Art Room and Winston’s Wish. As many of these charities have been working with local partners, schools, GPs and community groups within Kensington for some years, it has allowed them to react quickly to scale up their local support in response to the tragedy, as others have done.
More information can be found at the Support4Grenfell website