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To commemorate Grenfell’s fifth anniversary and raise funds for Grenfell United, SPID will be premiering The Story of Fires and Floods. The interactive speech features local people affected. Voices were recorded at nearby Kids on The Green. This inspiring film of rehearsals captures the show’s spirit of solidarity. Tickets can be booked from The Playground Theatre: https://theplaygroundtheatre.london/whats-on/ : 0208 960 0110 . Touring to Museum of Brands, Playground Theatre, Kids on the Green, Alexandra Road Estate, Kensal House Estate, Bexley Grammar School, Rutlish School, Park View School, Bartlett School, Combe Wood School, Sutton Hill Estate

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The Story of fires and floods

This short youth film that brings the incredible history of local estates to life. Interviews with residents of Trellick Tower and Kensal House estate inspired this drama doc about the value of shared space. Made by young Londonners as part of SPID’s Estate Endz program, it showcases SPID’s commitment to art that advocates housing justice. Every year SPID’s free drama and heritage sessions help 180 young people learn about social housing’s heritage.

MEET THE TEAM

Meet the amazing team members that make SPID what it is.

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Helena Thompson

 Artistic Director

Helena founded SPID in 2005 when the Residents Association invited her to run Kensal House Community Rooms, which was on Historic England's Buildings at Risk register, and has long suffered neglect, leaks and floods. She has since used her script writing commissions from Radio 4, the Bush and the National to advocate investment in social housing through plays like The Burning Tower and Smile!, both published by Methuen

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Isaac Jordan

Youth, Outreach and Marketing Assistant

Isaac has a background in theatre education, having previously worked in schools creating and delivering a literacy and theatre workshop programme for students struggling with literacy. As a longtime resident of social housing he is particularly committed to championing its stories and heritage. A writer and director in his spare time, he has worked with directors including Nicholas Barter and Caroline Steinbeis.

Nnenna Samson

Head of youth and community programs

Nnenna has worked for SPID since 2007. She developed SPID’s Estate Endz and Far Far Away programs. She wrote The Dream, and currently lives in social housing.

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Kai Gama

Community and outreach producer

Kai joined SPID in 2021 after first working with SPID, co-producing the radio play - The Dream. Kai has a background in music, film and theatre, and continues to record and produce short films for his band The Insomniax. Kai's spent most of his formative years living in social housing leading to him being passionate about providing positive experiences and opportunities to the community.

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Sean Cleary

Project Coordinator

Sean is a writer and editor who has lived in social housing in Ladbroke Grove for 38 years. Passionate about the art of storytelling, the empowerment of self expression and working with local young people in the area, Sean enjoys having the platform to do this at SPID.

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Naomi Israel

Co Chair

SPID Trustee and Youth Ambassador, North Kensington resident
Naomi Israel is a North Kensington residents who grew up attending SPID’s free youth program before becoming a Youth Ambassador for the charity – because at a time when so many youth centres are closing, young people cannot do without SPID.

Ann-Marie Richardson

General Manager

Ann-Marie’s background is in television commercials and music video production.  She was the general manager of a successful film production company. Having always lived locally in social housing. She is a firm believer in social housing and community. Ann-Marie was part of the Save Our Silchester Campaign and continues stand up for secure tenancies and building safety.

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Sammy Campbell

Yoga

Sammy has run SPID’s free yoga classes for more than 10 years. He specialises in using breathing and exercise to reduce stress .

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Mickell Lemard

Qi Gong and Gong Fu

Mickell has run SPID’s free Gong Fu classes since 2012, improving poise, stamina and strength with martial arts techniques.

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Ivor Flint

Chair of SPID Theatre, Kensal resident

Ivor Flint is a resident of Kensal House and chaired the Residents Association he invited SPID to run their community rooms in 2005 – because SPID met the aspirations of Kensal House and shared in the vision of reviving our much neglected theatre and community space.

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Eeshita Azad

Production, Outreach and Marketing Manager

Eeshita Azad is a community arts activist, a poet and an arts management consultant with a career spanning over 15 years. Some of the places she has worked previously: BBC Media Action, British Council, Asia Foundation, Future Arts Centres. As a British-Bangladeshi woman growing up in London in the 90s, she feels strongly about social justice, diversity and inclusion. Currently Eeshita leads British Bilingual Poetry Collective based in East London, mentor for Middlesex University and Exceptional Individuals, an organisation that helps neurodiverse young adults to employment.

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Melissa Lozano

Business administrator / Personal assistant

Melissa has a background in Visual Arts and obtained a Masters degree in Moving Image. Her work primarily focuses on the local community.  She is mostly involved in education and developing workshops using the expertise of other profesionales when required. Melissa has great interest in developing studies, concentrating on graphic urban design, taking into account environmental issues, and visual anthropology. 

Her work also involves  artistic intervention in heritage buildings.

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