Grenfell Tower survivors support centre to be relocated during Notting Hill Carnival

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A community centre launched to help survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire is set to be temporarily relocated over the Notting Hill Carnival weekend.

The Curve, home to the Grenfell Assistance Centre, is located near to the route of the annual carnival which could attract more than 2 million revellers.

The assistance centre helps survivors of the Grenfell tragedy, which claimed at least 80 lives in June, with a range of services including NHS, benefits, Post Office, social care and housing assistance.

Kensington and Chelsea Council have announced the centre will be moved to The Millennium Gloucester Hotel from Friday 25 August to Monday 28.

Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Grenfell Recovery, said: “The facility will have a large space with adjoining crèche, and prayer room facilities and will provide the same support services as The Curve in a ‘pop up’ format.

“This will include all of the community, voluntary and statutory agencies to support families and individuals, as well as tea, coffee, refreshments and sandwiches. The Sentosa Suite will be a safe space for people to be, sit, talk, rest, eat and get support over the weekend based upon their individual needs.”

The centre, based in the Sentosa Suite, will be open from 10am – 8pm each day, with a shuttle bus service operating between the main hotels housing Grenfell families and the centre.

Carnival organisers have announced minute’s silence will be held during this year’s event to honour the victims of the fire.

The world-famous street party in west London will fall silent at 3pm on August 28.

Last month, one senior minister wrote to Sadiq Khan to ask if it was “appropriate” for revellers to enjoy the annual celebration in the shadow of such a tragedy.

Greg Hands, the MP for Chelsea & Fulham, urged him to consider moving it “given the recent tragic events in the area”.

But the mayor rejected the call, saying the carnival belonged on the streets of its Notting Hill birthplace.

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