The Pepper Pot Day Centre was established to offer a culturally sensitive and appropriate support service to the African and Caribbean elders living in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in London. The centre provides a wide range of unique services to help older people to live more independently in their own homes.
A National Lottery grant supported an existing project and also provided social and lunch club facilities at the centre and day trips and activities to promote physical and mental well-being. Highlights of the project have included major health campaigns focused on the specific needs of African and Caribbean elders as well as initiatives to reduce isolation and bring the community closer together.
Local school children and older African and Caribbean day centre visitors also took part in a four week project to produce a short film about arriving as an immigrant to the UK in the late 50s and early 60s. This film was shown as part of an event to commemorate the 1958 Notting Hill race riots. During the project older people visited schools to talk about their early experiences of arriving as black immigrants in Notting Hill in the sixties.