At 00:54 BST a fire broke out at Grenfell Tower. 72 of our neighbours and loved ones died, including two who died later in hospital. We lost our homes and our community was devastated. Our lives would never be the same.
June 15th, 2017 - Survivors began gathering at Rugby Portobello Trust
June 22nd, 2017 - Emergence of Grenfell United
35 residents gathered at Rugby Portobello on 22 June established the goals and aims of Grenfell United. This vision is that survivors create a strong, unified, dignified and independent voice to reflect the hopes and aspirations of the survivors. This aim and goals were ratified by a further ~50 survivors over the following days.
June 23rd, 2017 - 1st Meeting with Gold Command
Residents met with DCLG, prime ministers secretary
June 24th, 2017 - Grenfell United officially named.
A group of Grenfell Tower residents gathered to discuss the structure of a Grenfell survivors group. It voted that from henceforth the survivors groups shall be named ‘Grenfell United’.
June 27th, 2017 - 1st GU Members Meeting / Inaugural meeting with residents.
We recognised an urgent need to bring voices together to make them louder and more effective, but also to ensure that residents get what they are entitled to, and to get residents back on the road to recovery. As such we held our first independent, dignified and united meeting whereby residents were able to articulate their needs, in addition to proposing themselves as potential board members. The goal agreed: To establish a strong, dignified, united and independent voice
The aims agreed: To keep the community together, To provide support to one another in rebuilding lives, To seek justice and accountability, To honour the memory of those who died.
August 8th, 2017 - 4th GU Members Meeting - Charity Commission
Meeting with the Charities Commission and national Charities to give an account of all monies raised in the name of Grenfell Tower Fire
August 11th, 2017 - 2nd GU Members Meeting - included Nick Hurd and Sajid Javid
August 11th, 2017 - Meetings with Inquiry
We facilitated further meetings with Sir Martin Moore Bick and team of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The judge was moving at an unrealistic pace. We were able to delay the deadline of the submission of the ‘terms of reference’ to allow residents to seek legal advice and submit to the Terms of Reference. .We facilitated working groups with the judges team at the Royal Garden Hotel to ensure the community had the information it needed ahead of the inquiry.
August 22nd, 2017 - 5th GU Members Meeting with Theresa May, Prime Minister
Meeting with Theresa May, Prime Minister, to discuss ongoing challenges within residents.
August 26th, 2017 - 3rd GU Members Meeting
September 2nd, 2017 - Game 4 Grenfell
The Game4Grenfell at QPR’s Loftus Road stadium, just a mile from the tower, kicked off before a sell-out crowd. There was a sombre mood to begin as those present held a minute’s silence for those who lost their lives.
November 15th, 2017 - 7th GU Members Meeting
December 7th, 2017 - GU raises awareness of survivors not being rehoused
GU raises awareness of survivors not being rehoused with articles in the national media.
December 14th, 2017 - Memorial at St Paul's Cathedral
A six month national memorial is held at St Paul’s Cathedral to remember those who lost their lives.
February 21st, 2018 - Stormzy Brits performance - Where’s the money for Grenfell
Stormzy used his Brits performance to call out the Government for its handling of Grenfell, his lyrics included:
“Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? just forgot about Grenfell, you criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.”
February 24th, 2018 - Grenfell United Petition for panel at Inquiry reaches over 100,000
Following Stormzy’s support Grenfell United’s petition for a full panel at the Inquiry to to sit alongside Chair in Grenfell Tower Inquiry reaches 100,000 signatures and a debate is guaranteed in Parliament.
May 11th, 2018 - Campaign Win: PM appoints additional panel members
After months of campaigning the Prime Minister finally agrees to Grenfell United’s petition and agrees to appoint two additional panel members to the Grenfell Inquiry.
May 14th, 2018 - Grenfell parliamentary debate & rally
Grenfell United hosts a rally with supporters outside Parliament, as inside Parliament MPs host the Grenfell debate secured after the petition for the panel members reached 100,000.
May 17th, 2018 - Hackett Report published
Grenfell United call for ban on combustible materials.
The Hackett Report reviewing building safety and the construction industry is published. It’s calls for new regulatory body for building safety but doesn’t not ban combustible materials.
Grenfell United members speak out in the media about the need to see a ban on combustible materials on homes and other buildings. By the afternoon the Housing Minister announces the Government WILL consult on a ban on combustible materials.
May 21st, 2018 - The Grenfell Tower Inquiry opens
The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire opens with commemorations from bereaved family members
June 6th, 2018 - Banners unveiled at the top of the tower
Banners are unveiled at the top of the tower - with the message, forever in our hearts.
June 14th, 2018 - 1st anniversary of the fire
Over 5,000 people attend the first anniversary to remember 72 lives, it is broadcast to national media and thousands gather for the silent walk in the evening.
October 1st, 2018 - Campaign win: Combustible cladding is banned
After months of campaigning and responding to the Government consultation Grenfell United welcome the ban on combustible cladding banned on high rises.
October 9th, 2018 - New £1 billion building safety fund to remove dangerous cladding from high rise buildings
The Government announces a £1 billion fund to remove dangerous cladding on high rises.
October 23rd, 2018 - Community meeting regarding public health
After concerns are raised about the potential toxicity of the soil around the tower, Grenfell United organise public meeting for families and community with health officials to demand action and answers.
December 14th, 2018 - Never Forget Grenfell video
18 months after the fire survivors, bereaved families, community and other supporters come together to make a video calling to Never Forget Grenfell
March 4th, 2019 - Meet with James Brokenshire in Parliament
Grenfell United committee meet with Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to demand more action, especially to remove dangerous cladding on buildings
May 9th, 2019 - Government confirms it will fund ACM cladding replacement
Following pressure the Government confirms £200M fund to replace ACM cladding on high rises
June 10th, 2019 - Grenfell United Parliamentary Event
Ahead of the anniversary, Grenfell United hold a Parliamentary event, allowing for survivors and bereaved families to meet with MPs and continue to raise awareness of the need for justice and change.
June 11th, 2019 - How Grenfell families came together to change Britain
Guardian article about Grenfell United’s fight
June 12th, 2019 - Projections: Demand Change
Grenfell United join with resident groups across the UK to project onto tower blocks in London, Manchester and Newcastle highlighting that two years after Grenfell many buildings are still not safe. The stunt receives widespread national media coverage and Ministers are put under pressure to answer questions about building safety/
June 14th, 2019 - 2nd Anniversary
Thousands gather to remember the 72 lives lost with a vigil under the tower and a silent walk.
June 17th, 2019 - Grenfell United project message onto the Houses of Parliament
Grenfell United projects message to MPs on parliament: 2 years after Grenfell and this building still hasn’t kept its promises’
June 17th, 2019 - Meeting with new Secretary of State
Grenfell United meet Kit Malthouse Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and demand more urgent action to remove cladding and make buildings safe and call for changes to how people living in social housing are treated.
The phase 1 report of the Grenfell Inquiry is published - with a series of urgent recommendations to make change.
January 25th, 2020 - Benita Mehra resigns from Grenfell Inquiry panel
Benita Mehra resigns from Grenfell Inquiry panel after Grenfell United called out her links to Arconic
May 26th, 2020 - New £1 billion building safety fund
New £1 billion building safety fund to remove dangerous cladding from high rise buildings
June 14th, 2020 - Third Anniversary of the fire
With the Covid pandemic preventing an in-person event, the third anniversary is marked with private tower visits for family, a remembrance film and members of the public are encouraged to GoGreenforGrenfell lighting up their homes with a special memorial video.
November 17th, 2020 - Government publishes: The charter for social housing residents: social housing white paper
The Government publishes a new Charter for Social Housing, Grenfell United says: ‘We've fought for one of the legacies of Grenfell to be that people who live in social housing feel a difference in their lives. We hope this is the start to root out toxic landlords & make lives better.’
April 14th, 2021 - Investors sell off shares Kingspan after pressure from Grenfell United
Investors sell off shares in Grenfell Tower insulation firm Kingspan following letter writing campaign by Grenfell United - all the investors were urged to divest by Grenfell United, which told them it wanted “consequences for the corporate bodies like Kingspan, who played a central role in inflicting the pain and suffering that is felt by the bereaved and survivors to this day”.
June 14th, 2021 - Fourth Anniversary of the Fire
With the Covid pandemic continuing to prevent an in-person event, the fourth anniversary was marked with private tower visits for families, a remembrance film and members of the public are encouraged to GoGreenforGrenfell lighting up their homes with a special memorial video.
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