Tim Hughes

Chief Executive and Clerk to the Trustees

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Tim Hughes

Chief Executive and Clerk to the Trustees

Responsible for: Chief officer; responsible for overall strategy and governance

Working days: Monday – Friday

Contact: tim.hughes@hamunitedcharities.com

Melanie Nock

Head of Community and Partnerships

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Melanie Nock

Head of Community and Partnerships

Responsible for all matters relating to grants, community engagement and local partnership working. Also the charity’s lead on United in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Working days normally Wednesday – Friday

Contact melanie@hamunitedcharities.com

 

Rita Nath Dongre

Head of Housing and Property

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Rita Nath Dongre

Head of Housing and Property

Responsible for: Lead responsibility for all issues to do with the charity’s property portfolio. Leads on issues to do with older people’s housing and services.

Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Contact: rita@hamunitedcharities.com

 

Nora Laraki

Administrator: Projects and Events

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Nora Laraki

Administrator: Projects and Events

Responsible for: Day to day coordination and administration; events; communications

Working days: Tuesday, Wednesday

Contact: nora.laraki@hamunitedcharities.com

Carolyn Defrin

PhD Candidate

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Carolyn Defrin

PhD Candidate

Researching the impact of community arts projects on need in the Area of Benefit.

Contact: carolyn.defrin@hamunitedcharities.com

 

Jill Hampson

Scheme Manager, John Betts House

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Jill Hampson

Scheme Manager, John Betts House

Responsible for: Resident welfare and activities at John Betts House; applications and enquiries about living at John Betts House

Working days: Monday – Friday

Contact: jill@hamunitedcharities.com

Jackie and Tilly

Community Gardener

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Jackie and Tilly

Community Gardener

Responsible for: the design and maintenance of  the charity’s gardens

Tilly doesn’t really work

Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Contact: jackie@hamunitedcharities.com

 

Eniyal Sahadevan

Finance Officer

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Eniyal Sahadevan

Finance Officer

Responsible for: all aspects of financial management; bills and invoices

Working Days: Monday – Friday

Contact: eniyal.sahadevan@hamunitedcharities.com

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Cathy Lehane

Scheme Manager, Sycamore House

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Cathy Lehane

Scheme Manager, Sycamore House

Responsible for: Resident welfare and activities at Sycamore House; applications and enquiries about living at Sycamore House

Working days: Monday – Friday

Contact: catherine@hamunitedcharities.com

Robert Woolf

Head of Finance & Investment

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Robert Woolf

Head of Finance & Investment

robert.woolf@hamunitedcharities.com

 

Gaia Bini

Administrator: Projects and Events

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Gaia Bini

Administrator: Projects and Events

Responsible for: Day to day coordination and administration; events; communications

Working days: Monday, Thursday, Friday

Contact: gaia.bini@hamunitedcharities.com

Rosemary Rinn

Finance Assistant

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Rosemary Rinn

Finance Assistant

Working Days: Thursday & Friday

Contact: rosemary.rinn@hamunitedcharities.com

Hammersmith Reflections – Award Winning Secret Gardens Open Saturday 9 June

Hammersmith United Charities is thrilled to announce the charity has won two awards at the London Gardens Society Competition for each of its two sheltered housing schemes for older people.  Sycamore House won third place for the large community gardens at the awards ceremony. (more…)

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Enigma Event – Polish Heritage Day

We were up against the Royal wedding, the FA cup final (featuring Chelsea), battery powered technology and Ikea flat pack garden furniture…it didn’t feel promising! But the sun shone, we viewed “the dress” on our mobile phones and we were enchanted by the hospitality of the organisers of Polish Heritage day in Ravenscourt Park.

This Enigma lunch took place in a tent on a drop in basis. The revelation was how to make people laugh – genuinely surprised, proper laughs – directly ask them to sit at a (slightly wobbly, bilious orange) table, eat bread and cheese and talk to someone they don’t know. For those who dared, this was everything we wanted from an Enigma event; people sharing their stories, their languages and their experiences.

We focused the lunch around the republication of “Passport to Exile”, memories of Polish migrants in the 1980s. And around an artist in residence who shared his art with us during the day. Technology failure denied us a Polish musician but instead we enjoyed – for the first time in this series of events – the conversation and enthusiasm of some delightful children.

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Irish Enigma Event

Serenaded by footstompingly enjoyable traditional Irish musicians, we enjoyed the hospitality of the new Irish Cultural Centre for our third Enigma lunch.

The hall was full for the occasion with guests drawn from the Cultural Centre, our residents, friends of the charity and neighbours who found out about the event from Next Door.

As hoped, the conversation flowed, sparked to some extent by responses to our republication of the reminiscences of Irish migrants first published in the 1980s. Guests were delighted to read the stories; some remembered the original project and, for others, the stories newly discovered, very much tuned in to their own memories.

We ended the event with a riveting and entertaining story by a professional story teller who had the whole hall enthralled and entertained with her tale of her life as the daughter of a small town shopkeeper  – and more seriously with her thoughts about “community”  – very much the theme of our Enigma lunches.

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Hammersmith Reflections – People who aren’t like us

I was sitting in the sunshine on a bench in Ravenscourt Park having a coffee when I noticed people waving from another bench on the far side of the Tea House. It was Diane, who lives locally near Hammersmith Grove, and a couple of other people.

Diane comes over. We haven’t seen each other for a while. She’s pleased to see me and shrieks in delight.  I am delighted to bump in to her too. Diane smiles. You should see that smile; (more…)

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