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

+

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

+

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

William Wates

Trustee

+

William Wates

Trustee

Sam Deards

Trustee

+

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

+

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

+

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

+

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

+

Adam Matan

Trustee

Trustee since 2018

Cllr Christabel Cooper

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

+

Cllr Christabel Cooper

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

Trustee since 2018

Mark Higton

Trustee

+

Mark Higton

Trustee

Trustee since 2018

Amir Sadjady

Trustee

+

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

Maneksh Dattani

Trustee

+

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

+

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

Hammersmith Reflections – Our retiring Chairman, Mike Smith, reflects on 12 years as a trustee

It’s become a tradition at Hammersmith United Charities that retiring trustees are invited to share their reflections on their time at the charity at their final board meeting. (more…)

Read More ...

Warmer Together Winter Giving Campaign Begins in Hammersmith & Fulham

UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham’s Warmer Together campaign is now live. It calls for local older people who can afford to do so, to donate all or some of their Winter Fuel Allowance to help their less well-off older neighbours this winter.

Winter can be an especially difficult time of year for older people in our borough; of the 19,000 residents aged over 65, over half have a long-term health problem or disability. 25% live in poverty. 43% live alone.

Last year, 278 isolated older people in need were supported, through grants to local charities including Fulham Good Neighbours, the Iraqi Association, Lunch Club for the Blind, and the Somali Development Network.

“Most of the services catering to our community focus on young people, and the elderly are usually forgotten. It’s a great change.” – Resident with no family (83) who attended a social club launch.


Can you give a gift?

Are you someone who received a Winter Fuel Allowance that you don’t feel you need? A local business looking for a Christmas incentive to give locally? Or a younger person who also wants to take part in giving?

Visit unitedhf.org/warmertogether for details on how to give.

“This campaign is a wonderful way to bring people together to support our neighbours. One hundred percent of funds raised will go to local community projects that help older residents.” – Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.

Many thanks to LBHF Council for their partnership in this initiative.

Read More ...

Flats available at Hammersmith United Charities

We provide quality sheltered accommodation in safe and secure settings, surrounded by prize winning tranquil communal gardens that allow residents to remain independent for as long as possible, within a friendly and supportive community.

John Betts House, Rylett Road: there are 39 Flats.

Sycamore House, Sycamore Gardens: there are 52 flats of which 2 are 2 bed flats.

To be eligible for sheltered housing, you will need to:

  • be 60 years old or over, and in need of sheltered accommodation
  • have lived in the Area of Benefit (northern wards of Hammersmith) for 5 years either immediately prior to the application or during the course of your adult life (proof of residency is required)
  • be on a low income: a single person with assets of less than £25,000 or a couple with assets less than £45,000. If you have assets that could be worth more than £25,000, please contact us as you may still be eligible

Please contact 020 8741 4326 if you, or someone you know, fit the criteria.

Have a look at some of our flats below – for more pictures, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More ...

Hammersmith Reflection – Artists in Residence

Encouraging creativity and participation in the arts is an important part of our work at Hammersmith United Charities. Cultural events help to improve wellbeing,  remove barriers to social inclusion and contribute to safer and stronger communities.

In June 2019,  we held “Artists in Residence”, an exhibition of work by local artists, including residents of our sheltered housing at John Betts House and Sycamore House. The exhibition was part of HF ArtsFest, an annual platform to celebrate the exceptional artists living in the borough, and we were proud to showcase the breadth of talent within the residents of our Almshouses and enable members of our local community to display their work.

The exhibition was kindly opened by Andy Slaughter MP at a fun evening at Pekoe Mellow Tea House jam packed with our friends and neighbours.

We are very grateful to the artists who allowed us to exhibit their work: Bill Forbes Hamilton, Bryan Payne and Pat Carey-Willis from John Betts House; Betty Dwyer and Joan Hurrell from Sycamore House; Carey Whitley, Dickon Reed and Jamik Wilkins from the Grove Neighbourhood Folk Art Group and local artist Layne Wyatt  Thank you also to Zena Zialor for photographing the opening night, our colleague Nora Laraki for curating the artworks and everyone who attended the exhibition.

Many of the artists have enjoyed attending the Grove Neighbourhood Fold Art Group run by Rachel Leach, a project supported by Hammersmith United Charities. Everybody is welcome regardless of their experience so if you think you could be Hammersmith’s next Picasso please take a look!    

For more photos, click here.

Read More ...

Hammersmith Reflections – photojournalist Cinzia D’Ambrosi and her work for the local community

I am an independent award winning photojournalist, local resident, founder of the Photojournalism Hub. My passion and drive is to expose social justice issues through photo stories for these to be of leverage and/or of a conduit for action and change. Some of the projects I have been working on, have been exposing the plight of miners in illegal coal mines in China, the hidden homelessness in the UK with a particular focus on women and their children, police violence against refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. Through my career, I developed many collaborations with NGO’s and charities, including international campaigns with Amnesty International and Protection Approaches, Shelter in the UK. These have shaped the Photojournalism Hub’ aims. The value of connecting photojournalism to effective change and to promote photojournalism work is very important to me. Photojournalism exposes issues, raises awareness and importantly can bring about changes and recommendations in legislations, public opinion and indeed calls for action. The Photojournalism Hub is born out of these aspirations: it presents photo stories needed to be told and it has a programme that focuses on working together with communities and charities to find solutions, advocacy and exposure. Since its launch last November, the Photojournalism Hub has received an amazing support, interest and engagement from the wide public and local communities in our Talk Events, Photojournalism Nights, Open Forums and Workshops and from local organisations such as Imperial College, Hammersmith United Charities, White City Place, Petit Miracles, Stanhope, Elephant West, HFArts Fest, Re:Centre, Lido Foundation and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

THE OPEN FORUMS – WORKING TOGETHER FOR SOLUTION MAKING

The Open Forums are open conversations with different communities. The idea is born from wanting to change the way we engage on social justice issues. Often, we assume that ‘we’ know what is happening to a community, instead of getting to know what is really happening. Conversations are just the first steps; a valuable way to share knowledge and in future deliver what is really needed. From the Open Forums, Photojournalism Hub creates a shareable resource content and further develops a photography based programme that addresses the issues being raised. Sometimes ideas, however beautiful, can just remain as such unless tried and tested. That the Open Forums are being well received is very important to me and I am grateful to Hammersmith United Charities for supporting them and trusting in their value in our communities.

PHOTOJOURNALISM NIGHTS, TALK EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

I am sharing below some keystone moments in photographs. The opening was marked by a meaningful talk by Andy Slaughter on the power of photojournalism. Since the launch, the Photojournalism Hub has presented talks on picturing community engagement with participatory photography and collaborative practices, on photojournalism today, and on domestic violence and masculinities. We have organised and presented the first Photojournalism Nights at the Elephant west gallery and we have been invited to be a partner of this year’s HF-Arts festival in which we presented a curated photography exhibition Marginal at Re:centre gallery. We deliver photography workshops at low costs and we are about to begin free photography workshops for Somali young people in collaboration with Lido Foundation and Petit Miracles.

Rob Pinney presenting his project ‘Calais, ma ville’
Ingrid Guyon discussing participatory photography at Picturing Community Engagement talk @ White City Place
Discussing photojournalism aims at Imperial College Talk event
A moment during a Photography Workshop @ Petit Miracles

It has been a milestone to present some of today’s courageous, committed photojournalism work in White City. Photojournalism deserves ample space as a form that engages, exposes and initiates actions for change. If you wish to get to know more about the Photojournalism Hub work, I would like to encourage you to sign up to our newsletter on www.photojournalismhub.org or follow us on social media: @PJ_Hub; #photojournalism_hub; Fb: Photojournalismhub

June 2019
Cinzia D’Ambrosi

 

 

Read More ...