Grenfell: The First Anniversary

About 5,000 people are estimated to have taken part in a silent walk in honour of the 72 people killed in the Grenfell Tower fire on June 15th 2018.

This was the first anniversary of the tragic incident

Firefighters laid down their helmets and formed a guard of honour as the marchers – carrying banners and wearing green – passed by.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan joined the event near the tower in West London.

Earlier a silent procession followed a memorial service at a nearby church.

Silent walks have been held in the neighbourhood on the 14th of every month since the fire, attracting hundreds of people.

The Met Police estimated 5,000 people took part in the evening walk at the end of the day of remembrance for the victims of the disaster.

The Grenfell Tower fire on June 14th 2014 had a devastating impact on everyone within the community of North Kensington and the neighboring localities. In the fire we tragically lost many children and their parents as well as individuals.

After the tragedy at Grenfell Tower independent volunteers and local authority service providers came together to support survivors and evacuees of the tower and surrounding buildings. As part of the local authority support service, RBKC formed the Grenfell Response Team in an effort to continue beyond the post-emergency recovery phase. The RBKC Community Engagement team is working in partnership with other service providers under the umbrella of the Grenfell Response Team.

Our role as Outreach workers was to liaise with service providers from both the Council and other organizations. This involved meeting with front line services and supporting them with their engagements with the Grenfell residents and local community.

Andrea Ariam Serena Dionne and myself….The North Kensington Community Engagement Team September 2017- August 2019

Consequently, the Outreach workers from the Community Engagement Team continues to work directly with partner service providers, families and victims to bridge the gaps in service provision and signpost appropriately to various service providers, particularly in an all-inclusive cultural and faith-sensitive manner.