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Nova New Opportunities

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017 Nova as a charity has been profoundly affected. Lizzie Cho, Director at Nova, speaks of the event and how we are able to help those who are living with the repercussions.

Nova’s work, spanning over three decades, aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged communities and those living at the margins of society.  Based in North Kensington, Nova provides services such as adult education, guidance, and volunteering which help to address users’ individual needs and support them in working towards their goals.  Nova has always placed emphasis on developing support and friendship networks and they achieve this for their community by organising social and learning opportunities.

Each year Nova New Opportunities provides a vital stepping stone for over 1400 disadvantaged residents of North Kensington and the surrounding areas who are unable to access mainstream services and lack the skills and confidence to progress. Many of their service users are unemployed, economically inactive or trapped in low-paid work.

Nova’s ethos is based on its core beliefs that:

  • Helping individuals helps families and communities
  • Everyone has something to offer
  • Motivated people deserve our help
  • People can develop and contribute whatever their life circumstances

Early in 2017, Nova felt that it was a matter of urgency to connect with and embrace difference in their communities to work towards building positive shared understanding and futures.  They organised activities that brought disparate groups together to work towards challenging stigma and prejudice.  The Human Library Project is one example of this. 

In the wake of the Grenfell tragedy the importance of Nova’s work cannot be underestimated being, as they are, uniquely placed to foster and broker understanding between their diverse community and the statutory services.

You can help by volunteering time, money or expertise.  

For more information about Nova and how you can help, click here.

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