Date: 29 Jun 2009

On Tuesday 16th June 2009, there was a lightning strike on or near to the historic clock tower at the RSA Island Centre.

The strike was very powerful and the surge of electricity damaged various alarm systems and the CCTV system at the centre, parts of which had to be repaired or replaced. Fortunately, the clock and bell itself suffered no damage, except that the chime silencer, which stops the clock chiming at night failed and had to be reset.

The clock was made around 1783 by Thwaites & Reed, and is maintained by them to this day. It seems that such historic engineering is very resilient!

Date: 23 Apr 2009

DL Movement

This report was written by Melissa who is a member of DL Movements, which is a dance group that are part of Enfield Island Village Youth Centre.

From September till now the dance group has changed in many ways and became better. We have been involved and contributed to the dance group as individuals. In December at Christmas, some of the dancers performed at the Enfield youth center for a Christmas performance which they had fun. After the Christmas break we felt that things could be improved within our group and in January all of the dancers met up to discuss changes that could be made, this include the name our dance group (Dance Leap to DL Movement), and other improvements.

New people have came and the dance group have bounded and now I fell that we are more than just a dance club that people attend to a club every Thursday, it has developed into a friendship between us all. DL Movement has recently performed in a project in London representing a dance group from Enfield . This trip brought us together and was not only a dance performance but a trip for us to get to know each other and have fun. Also early 2009 our funding was continued for the dance group to carry on and money was won to. This has been used on hoodies for DL Movement; due to it was something that the dancers really wanted. In my point of view in the future DL Movement will achieve more, become known, gain confidence and later enter competitions. Overall DL Movement are more than your think!

By: Melissa.E

The group meets every Thursday 4:30 – 6pm at Island Fitness Gym, focusing on street dance. Anyone can join between the ages of 11 and 19 (however they must be in secondary school or above). They perform in different venues across London every term and all the classes and trips are free!

If you would like more information, please contact Kate on 077033 17570.

Date: 20 Oct 2008

Inspiring Women, 2009

The Group

With the £70,000 funding they were given by the charity, Enterprise Enfield was able to develop and deliver the ‘Inspiring Women Programme’ – a scheme specifically designed to holistically support the development of women to start their own businesses or return to the workplace. So far this has enabled 8 women to start their own businesses and a further 6 women are in the process of setting up. Plus 1 woman has returned to work.

The criteria for women to join the programme included showing enthusiasm and commitment and living in or wishing to start a business in the north London borough of Enfield.

Our chairman, Gary Walker, presenting an award

Tara Grant Receiving an Award fro RSA Trust Chairman Gary Walker

On 10th July all the beneficiaries of the scheme attended a celebratory lunch at the West Lodge Park Hotel in Hadley Wood, to mark their successful completion of the 6 month Programme. They were presented with certificates by the Chairman of the Trust, Gary Walker who remarked:-

‘When we had the idea for this programme we were determined to make a difference and help a group of women achieve their entrepreneurial goal. Meeting them today at this event has demonstrated that Enterprise Enfield has delivered an outstanding programme and the women have more than exceeded our hopes and expectations.’

The atmosphere at the event was one of renewal and confidence and the attendees spoke of the positive change in their lives which had happened throughout this year. Tara Grant, who recently started her own business services venture, gave a moving speech thanking the RSA and Enterprise Enfield for empowering her to take her life forward:-

‘I couldn’t have stood up at this lunch today if it hadn’t been for the confidence this programme has given me. All the sessions have been valuable but the network of support that has been created is a real bonus for this programme.’

The 20 who joined the ‘Inspiring Women Programme’ became part of an innovative 6 month course which gave them all the technical training and personal skills needed to develop a business idea and put it into practice. Considerable research was conducted by Enterprise Enfield before the programme began. The Programme Manager, Ann-Marie Sheridan, visited other schemes around England to learn from their experience. She was told that women-focused programmes that had been funded from Europe were usually highly constrained in how they could run the programmes. They were restricted by targets and form-filling. It was thought that the freedom allowed by RSA to tailor the programme to the specific needs of the women involved was a great benefit of the RSA scheme, as it allowed for a flexible and holistic approach to each of the women’s development.

Two weekends away at country retreats were part of the programme. The RSA provided funding to assist any childcare costs so that all the women were free to take time out from their lives to attend. At one of the residential weekends delegates were treated to a presentation on communication skills and a Colour Me Beautiful specialist also gave them tips on enhancing their personal image.

The RSA Trust and Enterprise Enfield are continuing to provide financial and mentoring support to the women who have now completed the Programme. The RSA Trust has ALSO allocated grants to some of the women to help with various start-up costs, such as the purchase of computers, stock, printing and website development. For example couturier Cheryl Calliste, has been able to occupy two new studio premises and buy machinery for her recently hired assistant to use. Similarly, Paula Martin was able to take accounting exams to add status to her bookkeeping business and is also receiving funding to purchase a laptop and accessories.

Thanks to the RSA Trust’s additional funding to Enterprise Enfield 13 women will now be receiving a further 6 months mentoring to continue the growth of their new businesses and ensure their success.


Date: 02 Oct 2008

The Open House Day organized again this year in the Island’s Interpretation Centre on Saturday 20th September 2008 proved to be another success. Approximately 200 people visited the museum on that day.

The venue was very popular with people wishing to experience and understand the history of the Royal Small Arms Factory. One of the highlights of the day was the possibility of exploring the main focal point – the RSA Clock Tower. Amongst the many visitors were a number of previous employees of the Small Arms Factory, for whom this place brought back memories of their working life.

The event aimed to foster greater community spirit amongst visitors and residents of the Island and also provided them with a unique opportunity to step back in time and examine what made the Island a good place in which to live, work and play. The event will be repeated in September 2009.

Date: 29 Jul 2008

Jack Petchey Dance Group

DL Movement, a dance troupe started by EIYCT members, perform at the awards ceremony.


There was a great turn out for the Jack Petchey Presentation, 25th March 2008. Young people, parents, staff from Oasis UK, Trustee Members, the local press and Geoff Russell-Jones from the Jack Petchey Foundation all came to celebrate the young people’s achievements. Medallions were presented to 3 young people for their accomplishments, Gary Walker received the Leader Award and Norman Ford (the Chairman for EIYCT) accepted a large cheque form the charity. A light buffet was well received by the visitors and young people.

The Jack Petchey Foundation donated £1,000 to the youth centre for the commitment of Gary Walker who was one of the first Trustee’s to set up Enfield Island Youth and Community Trust. This money has recently been awarded to two young people for them to attend a DJ and MC Accredited Course.

This was also an opportunity for our EIV Dance Group to show off their moves in their first ever performance.

Date: 31 Jul 2007

The core theme of this innovative programme is building confidence, self-belief and a can-do attitude. The programme is to be run by Enterprise Enfield ( and initially funding of £70,000 has been allocated by RSA Trust. The intended outcome is for a limited number of quantified females to establish a sustainable business.

Enterprise Enfield wanted to extend the range of practical programmes and support it already provided by taking a holistic approach to personal and business development. To achieve this aim they wanted to introduce an integrated programme that focuses on building the personal qualities needed to deal with the emotional impact of change as well as on the skills needed to make that first step into self-employment. They were aware of RSA Trust’s willingness to support innovative programmes and this has been tailored to meet with our Objectives.

The help will come from theoretical courses, supported by exercises, role plays and case studies. The practical assistance and support will include help with childcare, access to finance (including loans and grants), access to premises (including rental help). Through the programme there will be ongoing coaching, mentioning and networking support. For further details please contact Enterprise Enfield.

Date: 26 Jul 2007
RSA Island Village Ltd is delighted to announce it is able to make an increased donation to its favoured charity.

The Directors of RSA Island Village Ltd, a not for profit company, have decided that they will donate £250,000 to The RSA Trust – a registered charity which is temporarily based at 12, Island Centre Way in the RSA Island Centre. This is £50,000 more than the previous year.

Gary Walker, RSAIV Chairman said…
“I am delighted that our Regeneration Project, which started some 11 years ago, has been able bring back into use part of the old Royal Small Arms Factory and continues to generate surplus funds for our established local charity”.

The Enfield Island Youth and Community Trust (EIYCT) has recently seen their youth centre undergo some extensive redevelopment work to further improve the services available to young people. And on the 15th May we got together to hold an official launch ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new centre. Steve Chalke, MBE and founder of Oasis Trust, performed the official opening, and a plaque is now up in the centre so that we can remember this special day. The evening saw young people mingling with trustees, funding organisations and community groups. We are very grateful to the RSA trust who provided the funding for the redevelopment work and launch evening.

We were also privileged to have Geoff Russell-Jones, from the Jack Petchey foundation at the event. The JPF provide some funding to EIYCT, and as part of this provide youth achievement awards to young people who have made a special contribution to the centre. The young people were each given £200 each to spend on the centre, and choose between them to buy a PlayStation 2, new TV and some sofas for the centre. These young people were given their awards at the event, and a medallion for them to keep.

Group Photo celebrating the reopening of the Enfield Island Village Youth Centre

Group Photo celebrating the reopening of the Enfield Island Village Youth Centre” width=”840″ height=”562″ /> This photo from the day shows (from left to right) youth worker Kat Simmonds, local councillor Ruth Hones, EIYCT trustee Sue Gattrell, Geoff Russell-Jones, Steve Chalke, Gary Walker, youth worker Cecil Gordon with young people from the centre.


Shaun Howlett, 19, said, “This place would be nothing without the youth workers. I never used to like it but now it has a pool table, table tennis and flat screen television. It’s a good place.”

The centre is very popular amongst the young people in Enfield Lock: – and whilst attendance was very high a lack of facilitates restricted the work that could be done. A well designed mezzanine floor installation has not only increased capacity, but also extends the options available to young people using the centre, and many exciting projects are planned as a result of this work.


Date: 10 Nov 2006
Ten winning business owners were awarded with prize cheques and certificates by Deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron, at the Enterprise Enfield Business Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 9th November 2006 at the Royal Chace Hotel in Enfield.

The Awards, sponsored by The RSA Trust, recognise the achievements of local businesses (under 50 employees) in five different categories:

  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
    (under 30 years old)
  • Start-up Business of the Year
    (under 2 years of trading)
  • Business of the Year
    (over 2 years trading)
  • Innovative Business of the Year
  • Social Enterprise of the Year

The five winning businesses each received £1,000 and five runners-up received £500 at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. The prize money was generously provided by the award sponsors, The RSA Trust.

Date: 31 May 2006

The RSA Trust was pleased to be able to provide a grant to the organisation so that it was able to purchase and network two computers for its training arm. The objective was to help service users to learn Basic Literacy and Numeracy, as well as Information Technology. In addition, volunteers are able to use the equipment to gain transferable skills as they did operational duties within the organisation.

The Homeless Resource Centres mission is “Helping to Restore Confidence to homeless individuals through the provision of food, training, counselling and practical support”.

HRC is established to help homeless individuals towards independence, by restoring their confidence.

It realises that each person has unique potentials, which can be harnessed, encouraged and developed through empowerment.

HRC is dedicated to alleviating the distress caused by social exclusion among the homeless by helping individuals realise their full potential, irrespective of their original lifescripts.

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