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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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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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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