A reflection of the memories of our residents of the dance halls and places of entertainment in the Hammersmith of their youth.

Dancing for Joy

After the successful implementation of DanceWests “Bolder not Older” weekly dance classes for adults 65+ at Sycamore House, we have commissioned DanceWest to deliver a performance for our 400th Anniversary.

DanceWest starts the project with reminiscence and oral history sessions, taking residents back to the nights out on the town they enjoyed in iconic but now demolished venues. The residents will be asked to recall dancing, the kinds of music they listened to, the experience of nights out, what they remember of the venues themselves, their relationship to those younger selves. Photos of the venues and the residents will be collected as well as recordings of the music.

Using that material as a starting point DanceWest will commission a piece of choreography suitable for the Bolder not Older dance group – possibly in conjunction with other dance groups run by Dance West, including the mooted older peoples’ semi professional dance company.

The new work will be performed at the Grand Party and filmed for posterity.

 

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. (more…)

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New deadline for grant applications

And grants awarded January 2019

You have now time until the 24th April to submit your grant application.

You can find more information and the new application form HERE.

For the list of grants awarded in January 2019 please have a look on the right.

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What’s new at Hammersmith United Charities

our brand new newsletter!

As part of our 400th celebrations last summer, we asked everyone who participated in the “big party” to write a wish for the charity’s future. A very clear message which came out of those wishes was for the members of the charity – residents, staff and trustees – to work more holistically together.
This newsletter – looking at all aspects of the charity and jointly produced by residents and staff – is our first initiative to put that aspiration into practice.

You can read it here – let us know what you think!

 

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Trustee Adam Matan awarded an OBE

We are delighted to announce that one of our Trustees and member of our Grants Committee, Adam Matan, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to the Somali community.

Adam is Managing Director of the Anti Tribalism Movement a non profit organisation tackling tribalism and inequalities within communities. The organisation is working towards a cohesive and dynamic society where every person’s rights are protected regardless of tribe, clan, gender or political belief. He is also Chair of Hammersmith and Fulham’s new resident-led Policing and Crime Commission which will examine the root causes of crime and anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood.

 

Congratulations Adam!

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