Diane Probets received Jack Petchey Award 2017
KTCF Staff and volunteers have recently won several awards for their contribution to the farm and the local community.
Staff member Diane Probets received the Jack Petchey Foundation Outstanding Leader Award in January 2017 for her work on the farm’s Riding Therapy programme.
KTCF riding teacher, Diane, was nominated by the Marylebone Bridge School for her work which enables riding for autistic children. The award gives schools and youth organisations an opportunity to honour the dedication and commitment of staff and volunteers who go ‘the extra mile’ to support young people. We are delighted that Diane’s exceptional work over many years has been recognised.
Diane is supported in the riding therapy programme by the dedicated volunteer work of Claire Probets Evans.
Diane’s win follows closely on the heels of award wins by three farm volunteers who were honoured at the Camden Volunteer Centre’s Annual Awards in November 2016.
Rachel Schwartz received well-deserved recognition as Exceptional Volunteer of 2016 for her enormous contribution as Farm Trustee Chair and Acting Director (2015 – 2016).
Rachel Schwartz (center) Exceptional Volunteer 2016
Melanie Chamberlain and Thomas Brennan also received Volunteer Awards for their amazing & wide-ranging contributions to the farm community and work with the animals.
Award winner Mel Chamberlain
Camden Volunteer Centre Award Winners
Award winning volunteer Thomas Brennan
We’re really proud of you and thank all of our volunteers who give us so much time, skills and energy throughout the year.
Kentish Town City Farm is now a London Living Wage employer!
As of January 16th, we have become a fully accredited London Living Wage employer. We are only the 2nd City Farm in London to gain this accreditation, and one of a select group of small charities.
Farm Director Gus Alston said “We feel that we have a moral obligation to pay our staff a decent wage, and the London Living Wage accreditation shows that we are committed to paying a wage that is agreed as adequate for people to live on in London. We are very proud to have gained this accreditation, and proud to be leading the way alongside other aspirational small charities, to ensure that all of our staff get a fair deal.”
Gus Alston, Director of KTCF
Gus Alston grew up in Kentish Town, just 10 minutes walk from the farm and visited as a child. His family still live locally.
He has worked in the charity sector in Camden for most of his adults life, and has a great deal of experience around outdoor education, children & young people, and disabilities.
Gus says “Getting the opportunity to lead such an amazing organisation, which was part of mine and my friend’s childhoods, is a real honour and a massive responsibility. I look forward to working with the incredible team we have here, to ensure that the future of the farm is every bit as amazing & exciting as it’s fascinating past!”
Gus Alston’s appointment as Director & CEO of Kentish Town City Farm started on December 1st, 2016.