About Us

Young K&C is a dynamic cross-sector partnership, creating a community of member and partner organisations working together to support children and young people.

We want all children and young people in Kensington and Chelsea to have access to inspiring, local opportunities to help them pursue their ambitions and be part of their community.

Core funding comes from John Lyon's Charity and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea pays for all overheads and enables us to make sure that all additional funds and donations go straight to supporting children.

Our Values


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Young K&C brings together voluntary, community and public sector organisations with local partners, businesses and employers to create excellent opportunities for children and young people in the local area.

We provide local voluntary and community sector organisations in Kensington and Chelsea with the funding and support they need to provide high quality opportunities for children and young people. We support local charities and non-profit organisations in Kensington and Chelsea with information sharing, advice, networking and small grants.

  • Expand Access Opportunities

    We increase access to high quality provision for underserved children and young people across all of Kensington and Chelsea.

  • Leverage Assets

    We utilise the venues, resources and skills in Kensington and Chelsea to increase the quality of opportunities available of voluntary and community organisations.

  • Increase Funding

    We secure and distribute funding to our members to support the sustainability of the sector.

  • Elevate Members

    We deliver training, collaboration opportunities and capacity building support to our members, ensuring they can deliver the best version of their work.

  • Advocate for Community

    We advocate for our members by working in partnership with public sector bodies and influencing local decision makers.

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Kensington and Chelsea is a borough of inequality, home to some of the wealthiest areas in the country but also containing some of the most disadvantaged. Children and young people living in the borough face the daily impact of living within a borough of inequality.

1 in 4 children and young people in Kensington and Chelsea are growing up in poverty, leading to increased rate of poor mental health, schools exclusions and decreases in life expectancy. Many children and young people have been heavily affected by the Grenfell fire which has led to high levels of anxiety and depression.

The voluntary and community sector in Kensington and Chelsea provides an excellent level of support for children and young people. However, with reductions and changes in funding for charities and community interest companies, the sustainability of the sector is at risk.

Meet the Team

Young K&C is supported by a fantastic team of Staff and Trustees.
  • Nicola Butler
    Nicola Butler

    Nicola has extensive experience of running voluntary sector children and youth services. In her previous role at Hackney Play Association, she was responsible for managing adventure playgrounds, youth clubs and Hackney’s play streets project.

    Nicola has served as a trustee of local children’s charities and as Chair of the national children’s charity, Play England. She is an author of Play England’s guidance, 'Design for Play: a guide to creating successful play spaces'.

    Nicola is passionate about children and young people having better opportunities for play, fun and enjoyment.

  • Niamh Graham
    Niamh Graham
    Deputy CEO

    Niamh has growing experience in delivering digital marketing, social media and branding. She has previously worked with charities in the education sector. Much of her work in previous roles was centred around working with children to provide safe, secure and fun spaces for children to develop their skills.

    Niamh is passionate about alleviating inequality in education. She is deeply committed to providing children and young people with the best possible opportunities to realise their full potential.

  • Tabatha Batra Vaughan
    Tabatha Batra Vaughan
    Digital Media Officer

    Tabatha is a videographer from North Kensington. She has made short documentaries based in Kensington and Chelsea about women’s football, community radio and mental health support for young people. Tabatha believes film is an accessible and powerful way to tackle issues in the community and is producing a video project with Young K&C that aims to combat stigma surrounding mental health and encourage young people to seek help sooner.

    Having grown up in the borough, Tabatha is passionate about giving back to the community and cares deeply about its young people and their future.

  • Sam Dale
    Sam Dale
    Development and Engagement Officer

    Sam join us after working for a local charity supporting children and young people in sports. He brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the role having worked in the local sector.

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Young People's Foundations Network

We are proud members of the YPF Network that has been developed in response to the ongoing challenges facing the Children and Young People’s sector. Young People’s Foundations (YPF’s) bring together the public, private and voluntary sectors to effect positive change for young people.

Based in local communities, each YPF's services are based on the needs and assets of their area.

Find out more