SHAK is a resident led charity based on the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate in the Kilburn Ward of Camden, London, dedicated to supporting residents and young people living in an area of high deprivation.

Our Mission is to work with local young people and adults to improve well-being, inclusion and life chances by nurturing talents, passions, skills and confidence.

Our Vision is of a place where everyone can live, learn and grow together.

Shak Staff

John Boyle

Chief Exec

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Mohamed Jaseem


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Mike Alcendor

Music Studio Support

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Sara Tesfu


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Boris Witzenfeld

Youth Operations Manager

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Elze Zymantaite

Employment & Learning Co-ordinator

Shak Board

Russell Gilbert (Chair)

Luca Gallo (Treasurer)

Mike Stuart

Jackie Burdon

Frances Ely

Phil Oman

Strategic Aims

  • A more connected community – a place where everyone feels included and where people get to know each other.
  • A more empowered community – a place where adults and young people take the lead in creating the opportunities they want to see.
  • A community where people have better well-being – a place where everyone feels safe and that works to tackle inequalities in health.
  • A stronger, more sustainable organisation – developing S.H.A.K. as a sustainable organisation which better supports the community we serve.