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.

Mike Smith

Chair of Trustees

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Mike Smith

Chair of Trustees

“I am an accountant by training, worked in banking for many years but am now retired. I joined the board because I liked the fact that the charity completely focuses on our area; I was impressed by the housing and thought it had the potential to grow – which it has!  And the opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds to achieve a common goal is very rewarding”. – Trustee since 2007

Vivienne Lukey

Deputy Chair

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Vivienne Lukey

Deputy Chair

Chair of the Housing Committee

“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

“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

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William Wates

Trustee

Sam Deards

Trustee

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Sam Deards

Trustee

Chair of Grants 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

Marilyn Hawkins

Trustee

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Marilyn Hawkins

Trustee

Chair of the Governance Committee

“I live locally and have worked with London communities for over 15 years. I wanted to make an impact in my locality by supporting a Board which has its feet in the Hammersmith community. Hammersmith has an amazing mix of long standing communities together with vibrant newer groups. For 400 years, the charity’s vision of support for those in need has stood the test of time.” – Trustee since March 2017

David Bailey

Trustee

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David Bailey

Trustee

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

Cllr Rachel Leighton

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

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Cllr Rachel Leighton

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

Rachel moved to Hammersmith and Fulham as a student in 2009. Working in Widening Participation for a local University she is a strong advocate for the power of education in all its forms. Rachel has been the Vice-Chair of a local Multi-Academy Trust since 2014 and was elected as a Labour Councillor in Addison Ward in 2018.

Trustee since 2018

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

Hammersmith Reflections – Why we need art

Guest blog entry by Nora Laraki

 

Most of you know me as the Administrator of Hammersmith United Charities, the first point of contact when walking through our doors in Sycamore Gardens. But since 2017 I have also dedicated my time to do a PhD and dive with this research project deeper into the art world. (more…)

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Hammersmith Reflections – Solutions for an Ageing Society

Guest blog by Geoff Hands, business mentor

“Solutions for an Ageing Society” is part of Hammersmith United Charities’ programme of Social Enterprise Grants. Under the direction of Melanie Nock, HUC’s Head of Community and Partnership, it provides funds to launch new business ideas created by budding local entrepreneurs to enhance the quality of life of older residents in the Borough.

As well as offering grants, Hammersmith United Charities also provides a Business Mentor to help each entrepreneur work up a business plan and to support the successful launch of each new business. Coming from a background of law and business, I have had the good fortune to be that Mentor since the programme started in the summer of 2017.

The entrepreneurs are inspiring people, sharing a common characteristic – a fervent and infectious passion for their cause. All except one of them have been women; some young, most of them of a mature age, all of them coming from a variety of ethnicities reflecting the great diversity of cultures to be found in the Borough.

Their business ideas have been just as diverse, but they have mostly shared the common themes of combatting loneliness and enhancing community cohesion. One entrprenuer’s aspiration was to be an Energy Specialist for the Indoor Environment, bringing her career skills in energy efficiency and sustainability to enhancing the indoor environment of residential homes and day centres for older people. Another woman has been working closely with her daughter to establish an elderly persons’ care-at-home business embodying the cultural mores of her community particularly the love of older people and respect for their wisdom and experience.

Cooking and creative arts are well known antidotes to loneliness and insecurity. One very talented young grantee’s solution for an ageing society was “to lift people out of loneliness using food to create a community that meets regularly to talk about health, diet and cooking”. It was her belief “that inspiring people to cook for friends and family is a way to regain self-confidence and that giving the lunch participants new recipes and ideas to try at home will hopefully be an incentive for them to host more social gatherings on their own”.

A Solutions for an Ageing Society grant has been supporting another extremely gifted award winner in successfully testing her business idea in the local community – in sheltered housing, churches and community halls. Her scheme is to run “hands-on professional fun and creative Art &Crafts workshops with a focus on Textile Art and Felt Making for the elderly, in a safe and supporting environment” expressly with a view to “to fighting isolation, improving health and well- being and making friends by stimulating the senses and challenging minds to learn new hands-on skills”. She and I are currently working together on ways to take her idea to a new level and to grow it into a fully-fledged sustainable social enterprise.

These grants also extend to seed-corn funding an award winner intent on breaking down the taboos that prevent men from certain cultures talking about – and doing something about – the incidence of prostate cancer.

A Social Enterprise Grant from the charity is supporting a new organisation whose mission is the relief of domestic violence in the Borough particularly against immigrant women not able to speak English in isolation imposed by their violent partners. It teaches these victims that domestic violence is not an accepted norm in society, finds them a sanctuary and embraces them in a community of women with shared experiences but now assertive and independent in their own chosen milieu.

And a final “hurrah” for the one man in the scheme – a Life Coach seeking to establish a sustainable business providing a programme of Personal Development Workshops for elderly people. He hopes to introduce a pioneering ingredient – “cross generational mentoring” to integrate different generations working together and supporting each other in motivational life skills.

It is a privilege to work with these compassionate and dedicated people. One of the entrepreneurs wrote recently: “I must tell you that the time I spent with you and Melanie really did restore my self-confidence which had been knocked after almost a year of unemployment. I will be forever grateful for the confidence and belief HUC gave to me during that dark time.” An unexpected accolade for Hammersmith United Charities from an unexpected, unintended but nonetheless very welcome beneficiary.

Hammersmith United Charities has funded this programme in partnership with Unltd and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Geoffrey Hand
October 2018

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January Grants deadline

Apply for a grant by 7th January!

The next deadline to send your grant application will be the 7th January.

Find our application form and entry requirements here.

Contact Melanie Nock if you would like to talk to us about your idea or your application.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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UNITED is hiring!

*** DEADLINE IS NOW EXTENDED TO THE 12TH NOVEMBER***

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