Natalie has lived and worked in the London post code of SE1 for over 20 years. Recently the Boiler House at TATE Modern was renamed after Natalie Bell for the invaluable and positive contributions she has made to the lives of people in SE1
Natalie was a tenant at Gabriel’s Wharf running a shop called Cherub selling designer women’s wear in 1989. South Bank was a desolate place at that time and She fell in love with Coin Street’s concept of “there is another way”. Natalie then worked at Studio 6 and at the Riviera restaurant for 8 years. She had been made homeless with a one year old daughter and ended up being one of the first tenants of Redwood Housing Co-op at Oxo Tower Wharf.
Natalie volunteered a lot in the co-op running social events and chairing the Complaints Panel for 3 years which saved the co-op a lot of money!
As a single parent, she was frustrated at the lack of activities and services available locally for families. So, Natalie set up FamilyLinks as a volunteer and managed it with local parents, running services for hundreds of local families and young people.
From 2003 to 2014 Natalie was the director of SE1 United, a youth forum set up by local young people where she learnt about community organising and youth leadership. In 2002, Natalie became a trustee for Coin Street Community Builders and Coin Street Centre Trust. Currently she serves as the Head of Youth and Community Programmes.