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.

Vivienne Lukey

Chair of Trustees

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Vivienne Lukey

Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

“I have lived in Hammersmith for 35 years. Now retired from full time work, I was previously a Director of Specialist Social Services in a central London borough. I have Chaired Hammersmith and Fulham Mind and Yarrow Housing. I was the Councillor for Fulham Reach ward and I was the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care. I joined the board to ensure a good relationship between the charity and the council and to promote the role of the charity in our area” – Trustee since 2014

Sian Davis

Trustee and appointee of the Latymer Foundation

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Sian Davis

Trustee and appointee of the Latymer Foundation

Chair of Housing and Property Committee

“The charity is important to me because it listens to those who may not have a strong voice  – and it helps in the most practical way, by putting a roof over peoples’ heads.  The grants for local projects is also hugely important for young people. There are a lot of creative ideas from local organisations that are able to be put into practise due to the grants. Hammersmith is special because of its diversity. It’s a vibrant and area that represents all that I love about London.” – Trustee since 2017

Sam Deards

Trustee

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Sam Deards

Trustee

Chair of Grants and Partnerships  Committee

“I grew up and went to school in Hammersmith and I have always loved the rich history and diversity of the area. The Charity is important to me because of the opportunity to help the less well off who live in the area and connect people from all backgrounds to increase greater community cohesion and neighbourliness” – Trustee since 2014

David Bailey

Deputy Chair

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David Bailey

Deputy Chair

Deputy Chair of Trustees and Chair of Finance and Investment Committee

“I was a founder of a large specialist accounting company based in London and around the world. Hammersmith is where I live. Its where I have friends and where I socialise. Its a very big part of my life. I am very aware that some people have it harder than others and we need to make Hammersmith a fairer and better place for all. HUC is all about Hammersmith and the people that live in it.” – Trustee since 2017

Bernadette McGlew

Trustee

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Bernadette McGlew

Trustee

“I have many years practical experience within the charitable sector, working with a range of organisations tackling social disadvantage and exclusion. I was born and brought up in Shepherd’s Bush. I was drawn to HUC as a local charity, embedded and connected to the community it seeks to serve and I very much look forward to being an active part of the HUC community.” – Trustee since 2017

Ben Humphries

Trustee and appointee of the Bishop of Kensington

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Ben Humphries

Trustee and appointee of the Bishop of Kensington

“I’m an ordained minister in the Church of England, working for the Anglican church in White City and Wormholt. I am part of the community on the estate and I meet the residents daily, they tell me their experiences and I try to understand the issues that affect their lives. What I love about Hammersmith the most is the youthfulness, the creative energy and the sense of enjoyment that people get out of life. With help of Hammersmith United Charities, we have the resources to make life better here.” – Trustee since October 2017

Adam Matan

Trustee

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Adam Matan

Trustee

Trustee since 2018

Cllr Christabel Cooper

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

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Cllr Christabel Cooper

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

Trustee since 2018

Mark Higton

Trustee

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Mark Higton

Trustee

Trustee since 2018

Maneksh Dattani

Trustee

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Maneksh Dattani

Trustee

“I have lived in the Hammersmith borough for the last 20 years and have been involved in community projects as I believe this is the best way to give back and enrich the area you live in.” – Trustee since September 2019

Richard Jablonowski

Trustee

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Richard Jablonowski

Trustee

“I first arrived in Hammersmith and Fulham nearly 25 years ago, and despite having moved away, have been back since 2011 and feel that it is a community in which I will remain. One of the key benefits to living in the borough is the diverse range of backgrounds that give it a vibrancy that makes it an inclusive area in which to live and work. I strongly believe that there is much more that can be done by local residents to help others that are less fortunate. I have had 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, initially qualifying as a chartered accountant, and then applying those skills to my career within the wealth management industry. I am ready to apply my skills, expertise and passion towards HUC and helping to steer it towards even greater success for another 400 years.” – Trustee since September 2019

Amir Sadjady

Trustee

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Amir Sadjady

Trustee

“I have vast local business experience and last year I was a local council candidate for White City & Wormholt. I am passionate about Hammersmith and would like to contribute to making it a better place for all its residents.” – Trustee since September 2019

Louise Delahunty

Trustee

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Louise Delahunty

Trustee

Louise Delahunty is a solicitor who has had a 30 year career in litigation and white collar crime investigations. Louise has advised individuals and corporations in the UK, and internationally, on business crime and compliance issues. Louise has also chaired and served on numerous committees including the Law Society of England and Wales and the Confederation of European Bars, dealing with issues of criminal and tax law, and has represented the legal profession in lobbying the EU and UK Government.
Louise is a local resident, living in Chiswick, and has joined HUC as a Trustee in March 2020.

Helen Black, MBE

Trustee

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Helen Black, MBE

Trustee

“I’ve lived near Hammersmith for over 30 years, my son was at school here, a number of my clients are on Shepherds Bush Green. I like Ravenscourt Park and love the Bridge. Did I mention the pubs? It’s bustling and multi-cultured, and I hope that my previous charity and Trustee experiences, and my background in TV, can contribute positively to its future.”

Trustee since March 2020

Cllr Fiona Smith

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

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Cllr Fiona Smith

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

“I have lived in Hammersmith for five years, and in that time worked in the third sector in event management, community engagement and fundraising for different organisations. Prior to moving to Hammersmith, I served with Essex Police and Royal Air Force, and briefly lived in Japan.”

Trustee since March 2020

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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The almshouse movement

So much more than affordable housing

With the average house price in Hammersmith at more than 25 times the salary of a nurse, it is no surprise that many workers are reaching retirement without the safety net of their own property. That’s why almshouses like ours, providing older people an affordable home in the community where they belong, are as vital now as when the movement began hundreds of years ago.

By Victoria Hill, Chief Executive – Hammersmith United Charities

 

The coronavirus has seen an outpouring of appreciation for key workers who leave the safety of their home to work keeping their community safe, fed and well. In the frightening early days of the first lockdown, we stood in the street and clapped for healthcare workers, carers, shop assistants, cleaners and more – all the people who put themselves at risk for the sake of others.

The contribution of key workers is rarely highly valued in monetary terms and these are often the very people who struggle to find an affordable home near their families and vital services as they grow older and become more in need of care themselves.

The average house price in Hammersmith is more than 25 times the salary of a nurse, and so it is no surprise that increasing numbers of workers are reaching retirement without their own property to fall back on. And with the average rental cost of a one-bedroom flat at two and a half times the state pension, it is easy to see how so many older people are also priced out of the private rental market.

With one in four older people in our area now living in poverty, the mission of almshouses like ours is as relevant as it was 400 years ago when Hammersmith United Charities was founded.

The almshouse movement has been around for hundreds of years but the Almshouse Association and the Charity Commission have only recently created a formal definition of what it means to be an almshouse. It describes exactly what we do here at Hammersmith United Charities.

Our charity was founded in 1618 with a gift of £100 to provide housing for the relief of the ‘elderly poor’ of Hammersmith. This gift has been added to and grown by generations of trustees and we now have an endowment and 92 flats on two sites just off the Goldhawk Road. These properties are highly protected and cannot be sold or used for any other purpose. Our residents must be over 60, have lived in Hammersmith for at least five years, be of limited means and in need of sheltered accommodation.

In human terms, our status as an almshouse means that the Charity can provide housing to the people who have often contributed most to our community but feel valued least. We believe that no one should be denied the opportunity to live in a decent home simply because they were never given the opportunity to climb the property ladder. The cost of our flats is regulated by statute to ensure that anyone can live here without causing hardship.

For us, almshouse living is about much more than just affordable housing. We know from research by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing that where we live and our relationships also have a significant impact on our wellbeing. For Hammersmith United Charities, what defines us is our ability to provide a home where people feel safe, in the place where they belong, surrounded by a community who values them for life, not just for lockdown.

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Over 60 and looking for a new home in Hammersmith? We provide beautiful, welcoming sheltered housing with award-winning communal gardens. Flats available now from £870 per month.

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H&F WINTER COVID APPEAL

UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham has launched the H&F Winter Covid Appeal in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council

As the UK struggles with rising rates of the virus and a second lockdown commences, many still need our help – including those going through mental health crises, suffering from loneliness and isolation, and at-risk children in need of educational support.

UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham has launched the H&F Winter Covid Appeal in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council to enable local individuals, businesses and foundations across the borough to support those most in need of assistance.

100% of funds raised will be donated to groups working with people who face risk because of coronavirus in Hammersmith & Fulham this winter.

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Nomad Radio: a lifeline for the Somali community

How one of our grants is keeping the station on the airwaves through the coronavirus crisis.

The UK’s only radio station for the Somali community, Nomad Radio broadcasts here in Hammersmith and Fulham. Community-led and bilingual, it’s just received a grant by Hammersmith United Charities to keep it on the airwaves through the coronavirus crisis.

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