In 1618 Dr Thomas Edwards left £100 for the benefit of the poor of Fulham…

About us

Nearly 400 years after the original bequest and 155 years after the creation of the two “branches”, Hammersmith United Charities is thriving as a locally focused, community oriented charity. We operate across the eight wards in the North of the LB of Hammersmith and Fulham (our “Area of Benefit”) serving a highly diverse population of about 95000 people.

We have two main purposes;

  1. The provision of supportive housing for older people
  2. A programme of grants which relieve “need” in all its many forms amongst the residents of our Area of Benefit.

A board of voluntary trustees some nominated by local organisations linked to the 17th century donors (the current Bishop of Fulham and the Latymer Foundation) governs the charity and shapes its strategy. We are always on the look out for new trustees – local people with skills and experience to contribute.

Our two modern almshouses, the sheltered housing schemes of John Betts House and Sycamore House, with their acclaimed, prize winning gardens are the charity’s physical connection to the Area of Benefit. Equally important are our community partnerships and collaborations with a wide range of other types of organisation and with individuals – which represent our connection to the emotional heart of our Area of Benefit.

Hammersmith reflections

This time a guest blog by Sian Alexander (Lyric Hammersmith)

Welcome back to our blog “Hammersmith Reflections” where our Trustees share with us their thoughts about Hammersmith United Charities and our local area. This time we have a special guest writing for us: Sian Alexander, Chief Executive of the Lyric Hammersmith. Keep on reading to find out more about the Lyric (more…)

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Aunt Esther’s Story – Enigma Event

Last Saturday we had our second Enigma Event in partnership with “Women Make Change” who put together a great event for International Women’s Day. Women Make Change is a charity that promotes and protects the health and safety of women and girls affected by domestic violence.

Melanie Nock took the chance to introduce Aunt Esther’s Story. Esther Bruce’s autobiography written by Stephen Bourne tells the story of a black London Seamstress from 1912–1994 and provides a first-hand account of the life of a black Londoner in the pre-Empire Windrush years. When Esther Bruce was born in Fulham in 1912 only small black communities exited in Britain.

Another big announcement was the launch of the “Agents for Change” Women’s Leadership Programme that we founded in partnership with the H&F Council, the Imperial College and the Lyric Hammersmith.

Applycations are open now, find more information here: http://www.agentsforchange.wixsite.com/agentsforchange 

 

 

 

 

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Call out for disabled Artists!

JOY is a new strand to the Hammersmith and Fulham Arts Fest celebrating local disabled (more…)

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Women Make Change – International Womens Day Event

Where: White City Community Centre
When: Saturday, 10.03.2018 starting at 3.30 (more…)

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