Hammersmith Reflections – the first few months of new CEO Victoria

In November I was proud to be appointed as the new CEO of Hammersmith United Charities.

I have spent my first few weeks at the Charity getting to know our staff, residents, trustees and many other stakeholders and finding out more about the Charity’s role in the local community.

The residents of the Charity’s Almshouses have made me feel very welcome in my new role. So far, I have enjoyed coffee mornings, making soup with local charity Soup for Lunch, a carol concert by the pupils of nearby John Bett’s primary school not to mention a lively Christmas lunch. It has been a pleasure to get to know our vibrant community and I will be working hard on our plans to secure more housing for older people in need living locally.

Hammersmith United Charities gives grants to a wide variety of local organisations supporting people living in Hammersmith and I am gradually learning more about them. I attended a splendid Christmas performance by the young participants of the White City Youth Theatre and laughed through a magician’s performance at the Shepherd’s Bush Family Project – I’m not really sure that a CEO’s job is meant to be this much fun! I’m also grateful to all the other grantees I have visited who have shared their insight on the challenges faced by people and organisations living in the borough.

I was thrilled to attend the launch of the Warmer Together campaign kindly hosted by Fulham Good Neighbours. The campaign is delivered by UNITED in Hammersmith and Fulham, a new charity created by Hammersmith United Charities along with our sister charity Dr Edwards and Bishops King to enable people in the borough to be good neighbours and active in their community. The Warmer Together campaign invites those who can afford to do so, to donate to UNITED so that they can provide extra support for less well-off older neighbours. It’s a great example of how UNITED aims to revive the spirit of local philanthropy which brought Hammersmith United Charities into being 400 years ago and I am pleased to have the opportunity to support the new charity grow and thrive.

Finally, I was also delighted to welcome HRH the Duke of Gloucester to Sycamore House in December to present the Almshouse Association Patron’s Awards. HRH and his family have a long association with Hammersmith United Charities and we were even able to show the Duke a photo of his mother at a previous visit! It was a terrific way to end our year of celebrating 400 years of support in Hammersmith and I’m very much looking forward to playing my part in continuing the Charity’s work for the next 400 years.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and I look forward to working with you in 2019 and beyond.

Victoria Hill, CEO
January 2019

Hammersmith United Charities Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In line with Government advice, Hammersmith United Charities has invoked our Business Continuity Plan and implemented a new operating model focussed on keeping the residents of our Almshouses, our team, contractors and partners safe and well during the Coronavirus pandemic. (more…)

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National Compost Week

15 - 21 March 2021

Composting is the recycling of plant and food waste material into decayed organic matter. This can then be used in various forms in the garden and when applied, enriches the soil and plant health.

This week a layer of garden compost has been added to the allotment plots at John Betts House garden, in preparation for the growing season ahead. This ties in with National Compost Week, a good opportunity to remind ourselves of the many benefits of using compost in our gardens. Please see some key tips below for reasons to compost in your garden:

  • The organic matter in compost is a source of food for the organisms in the soil.
  • The organic matter in compost opens up the soil, creating bigger gaps for air and water to move around – this is good for soil structure.
  • As the organic matter decomposes, it releases nutrients into the soil.
  • Adding a layer of mulch to beds, borders and allotments suppresses annual weeds and weakens perennial weeds.
  • Composting is an environmentally friendly process using organic materials.

Composting is recommended for most sized gardens, and can be done in a number of ways to accommodate the size of the garden. We highly recommend this gardening activity and have put together a list of websites that provide useful further information on how to compost:


Find out more about our sheltered housing

With award-winning communal gardens, our friendly and affordable sheltered housing helps residents live independently for as long as possible.

We have flats available now for older people from Hammersmith. Talk to us on 020 8600 0650 / 07733 842 574, email info@hamunitedcharities.com or read more here.

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Welcome to our latest newsletter

Welcome to the Spring edition of the Hammersmith United Charities newsletter - read on for some good stories from the heart of Hammersmith.

You’ll find out about the extraordinary work being done by the community organisations we’re funding; meet the people who live in our almshouses; and learn about the action we’re taking to create change in our community.

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Fundraising for our community

How you can support campaigns for local people in need, from our fundraising partner United in Hammersmith & Fulham

Tech4Kids in H&F: Finding laptops for 1,500 children

1,500 pupils in our borough have been identified as being in urgent need of computers or internet connectivity at home. United in Hammersmith & Fulham has partnered with Hammersmith & Fulham Council and local group Ready Tech Go to launch an ambitious appeal to get every one of them connected.

Whilst the coronavirus crisis has highlighted that many children and young people have been unable to participate in online schooling during periods of lockdown or isolation, they are also less likely to be able to catch up with missed lessons or to complete homework in ordinary times. It also means they are highly unlikely to develop the vital digital skills needed to prosper in later work and life.

We’re aiming to get 1,500 laptops and 500 data SIM card for internet access so all local children have a chance to thrive digitally. You or your organisation can give any amount today:

  • £1500 can ensure 10 of a school’s most disadvantaged pupils do not lose out on digital skills
  • £150 can get a quality laptop to a young person in need of catching up with classes and for homework
  • £20 can get an essential data sim card to a child struggling with internet access
Have any unused tech your organisation would like to donate?

We are also working with Ready Tech Go who collect, wipe, and share old laptops and tablet PCs to get them to Tech4Kids pupils that have been identified as in urgent need. If you are an individual or local company with spare quality digital devices, please contact team@unitedhf.org

Find out more about the laptop campaign

Pedal Back Cycling: Looking for referrals – free refurbished bikes available

The pandemic has made bikes more vital than ever. Many people can’t afford to reach places of employment or safely get to interviews. Or they might be finding it hard to motivate themselves to access outside spaces to boost their mental health and wellbeing. That is why we have partnered with Pedal Back Cycling, to offer professionally refurbished bikes to those in need.

If you are from a local community group working with those on low incomes, you can refer adults including but not limited to:

  • Key workers
  • Care staff
  • Refugees
  • Delivery cyclists
  • Those out of employment

We only accept referrals from non-profit groups working in the borough, and not from individuals.

Find out more about Pedal Back Cycling  

Winter Covid Appeal: Raising money to support the community

Many people still need support during the Covid-19 pandemic, including those going through mental health crises, suffering from loneliness and isolation, and at-risk children in need of educational support.

United in Hammersmith in Fulham has launched the H&F Winter Covid Appeal, in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, to continue to enable local individuals, businesses and foundations across the borough to support those most in need. 100% of funds raised will be donated to groups working with local people who face risk because of coronavirus this winter.

Donate to the Winter Covid Appeal

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January 2021 grants

We gave £120,000 to 18 local organisations in January 2021.

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