Hammersmith Reflections – Young achievers recognised at Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Achievement Awards

Hammersmith and Fulham first ever Youth Achievement awards was organised by Hammersmith and Fulham Young Foundation on 26 February 2019 at St Paul’s church to recognise and celebrate borough’s young people achievements.
Hammersmith and Fulham Young Foundation received hundreds of nominations from varies of stakeholders in the borough including teachers, schools, charities, businesses, local authority, residents and many others, ahead of the awards ceremony. A local panel of judges chose the most deserving winners from the nomination received for their achievements over the last two years.
This award ceremony was timely and needed specially at the time where young people are witnessing negative media coverage due to the recent rise of knife crimes. The ceremony underscored that the majority of young people are law-abiding and active members of their communities and the inspiring winners were testimony to young people’s positive contribution to the borough and beyond.
The awards, presented to H&F young achievers aged 11–25, showcase the work of outstanding young people who are leading initiatives making a significant contribution to others and it is vital that we continue to celebrate and recognise young people’s achievement to inspire further young people.

The full list of winners of H&F Youth Achievement Awards 2019 are:

Overcoming adversity sponsored by Young Hammersmith & Fulham Foundation: Rhea Withero-Taylor
Young person who has made a significant contribution to others sponsored by Westfield London: Sophie Rodgers
Young leader sponsored by Chelsea FC Foundation: Sak Cawke
Green champion sponsored by Petit Miracles: Khalid Ibrahim
Community champion sponsored by Yoo Capital for Olympia London: Daisy Downs
Achievement in education sponsored by H&F Council education team: Yosef Mechti
Young innovator of the year sponsored by the John Lewis Partnership: Cindy Xhebro
Young artist of the year sponsored by the Bush Theatre: Gavin Phipps (G3)
Young volunteer of the year sponsored by Young Hammersmith & Fulham Foundation: Kiera Ghouneim
Lifetime achievement awards: Jane Earle and Caroline Needham

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Get ready for Halloween!

Pumpkin carving tips and ideas

Pumpkin carving

 

You will need: Pumpkin, a marker pen/pencil, a sharp knife, a container to collect the insides.

1.       Health and safety! Make sure you have a steady non-slippy surface, a good hold of the pumpkin and always carve away from yourself.

2.       Use the marker pen to draw a line around the crown and mark the pattern you want to carve.

3.       Use the knife to carve, collect the insides in a container to make delicious pumpkin goodies such as soup, pie and hummus.

4.       Place tealights inside your pumpkin, put the top on and add to your Halloween display! This is John Betts House resident Bryan with his final pumpkin.

5.       If you do not want to use knives, there are some fun alternatives. Check this to find some inspiration!

 

We’d love to see your pumpkin creations: take a picture and tag us on social media!
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V with roses

Five minutes with…our community gardener

Victoria helps residents enjoy our gardens and keeps them looking beautiful.

V with roses

It’s difficult to sum up what I love about gardening. It’s everything. How different plants grow, the seasonal and weather changes (even rain!), seeing others enjoy the flowers that appear and how it invigorates all your senses.

I have always loved flowers, trees and plants. I previously worked as an NHS speech and language therapist and before that in education. Over time, I found myself increasingly turning to outdoor work. The more I did, the more the enthusiasm grew, until I was certain that gardening was the career path for me.

I have seen the proof that gardens can be restorative. I encourage our residents to enjoy the gardens as much as possible, whether that’s sitting and looking, or participating in tasks. During the tighter lockdown, they were a safe space for people to sit and relax. Residents said they felt lucky to have them.

Talking to the residents is lovely. It’s great to learn what plants people like in the garden, or what they are doing with their container gardens outside their flats. I love listening to tales from their lives – many people have such interesting stories. It’s quite inspiring and sometimes very funny.

It was a really hot spring and summer but we watered mostly by hand. I could not have done it all without the residents helping me. They were completely brilliant. They often help me with plant names that are new to me (there are so many!), and do daily tasks like open and close the greenhouse and check on the barrel pond at weekends. It really helps. Heading into winter, there will be many jobs to do in the gardens. One of the biggest is mulching, which is adding an enriching and insulating layer of composted material to every bed in the garden. We have lovely things on show, like winter flowering shrubs. The residents often stop to chat about what they can see on their way through the gardens.

There is always some colour throughout the year. Jackie, the head community gardener, has used succession planting. So when certain plants fade, others begin to pop up. There are lots of lovely surprises as the weeks go by. You have no idea the gardens are there from the busy London roads outside. You step into a peaceful, natural space you’re not expecting. When I first visited almost a year ago, I felt the ‘wow’ factor, and I still get that now.

 


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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