Kingsley Hall Nursery opens its doors to the local community – Livability

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Kingsley Hall Nursery opens its doors to the local community

On the 12 July the newly developed Kingsley Hall Nursery, was opened by Councillor Evelyn Carpenter. Kingsley Hall is a Livability Link Church in East London working to create opportunities for the whole community. Local ward councillors, Councillor Dorothy Akwaboah and Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe also attended.

“I was proud to cut the ribbon for the expanded nursery with Parsloes ward councillors Elizabeth Kangethe and Dorothy Akwaboah.  Thank you again for inviting us to do this. Kingsley Hall is an amazing community centre and has a special place in our hearts.” Cllr Evelyn Carpenter, Educational Attainment and School Improvements.

Almost 300 people from 0-95 years old came along to the open day, demonstrating how Kingsley Hall is a remarkable hub for all in Dagenham. Onsite cafe Eden Tree Catering provided food, via a street food demo. The day included giant Jenga, arts activities, volunteer awards and a performance from the pre-school children.

What’s new?

The development work means that the nursery can provide 100,000 hours of childcare a year and wrap around family support to 300 families that need it the most, each year.

This phase of development is part of Kingsley Hall’s 2020 vision to provide a bigger and better community, by refurbishing and extending the nursery to provide more space and create a more accessible frontage on Pasloes Avenue.

Alongside this, affordable flats for community workers have been built above the nursery for people who will provide support to the lives of the people we support.

What’s next?

A new multi-purpose community and church space including: a new café, sports hall, kids zone and garden room and a larger kitchen. This will include conference space and accessible walkways. Plans also include a Peace Garden to commemorate past members of the Kingsley Hall Community. The final phase will see more than 30 new homes with blocks of social and affordable housing on site.

If you want to be a part of the Kingsley Hall transformation project, partners are invited to help local people:

  • Become healthier
  • Gain skills for life and work
  • Have opportunities to live well
  • Have access to affordable housing

For more information, to arrange a visit or make a donation contact mailto:partner@khccc.com.

Read more about Kingsley Hall.

“The day demonstrated the power of community participation in overcoming isolation. We were delighted to observe and hear from so many people that Kingsley Hall was a place that they felt they belonged and wanted to be a part of. A place where they were accepted and where they were able to contribute, to make a positive difference.”


Chris Kapnisis, Church and Centre Director

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