Hammersmith United Charities to take part in Open Garden Squares weekend – June 18th-19th

hucflowerAs part of Open Garden Squares Weekend, the residents of John Betts House and Sycamore House invite you to enjoy their special gardens.

logokeyThere are over 200 gardens to explore across 25 London boroughs ranging from the historic and traditional to the new and experimental.

Tickets for the whole weekend cost just £12 and children under 12 go free, from Open Squares.

Tickets on the door for John Betts House and Sycamore Gardens are £4 for each garden. Proceeds go to London parks and open spaces.


Rylett Road W12 9NJ

The gardens are a platform for workshops and social events enabling people to work in their own part of the garden, or to simply relax and enjoy.

Last year, they were placed third with a Silver Gilt in the Small Community Garden category of the London Garden Society’s 2015 competition.

• Open 2pm – 5pm

• Homemade cakes and plant sale

• Disabled lavatories on site

Sycamore Gardens W6 0AS

The sheltered housing gardens continues to win awards. Sycamore House won the Large Community Garden category of the London Garden Society 2015 annual competition.

• Open 2pm – 5pm

• Tea, coffee, homemade cakes, plant and craft stall.

• Disabled lavatories on site

About Hammersmith United Charities

Helping local people in Hammersmith

They support local people to build their confidence and resourcefulness, develop their own talents and skills, connect people together and strengthen relationships and neighbourliness within and across diverse communities.

They do this by managing vibrant sheltered housing communities for older people, funding a community based grants programme, including the Wormholt & White City Big Local, and by working with local people, organisations and businesses.

A great way to show your support for their work for the next 400 years is to leave a legacy.

Contact HUC at : Sycamore House, Sycamore Gardens, London W6 0AS Tel: 020 8741 4326

Info@hamunitedcharities.com Charity number: 205856

Also taking part in the Open Garden Squares Weekend in Hammersmith and Fulham are the following:

All Saints Vicarage Garden, Fulham
Saturday: 11:00–16:00
+Sunday: 14:00–17:00

Fulham Palace
Saturday: 11:00–16:00

Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments
Saturday: 11:30–15:30

Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses
Saturday: 10:00–16:00

The River Cafe

William Morris Society
Saturday: 14:00–17:00

More details here.

Come dancing at the Grove Neighbourhood Centre

gnc1A guest post from Vicky Wood, Chairman of the Grove Neighbourhood Centre

Come and enjoy Social Dancing at The Grove Neighbourhood Centre. Donald Wright runs a class on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8.30pm. Donald has been teaching for many years holding private and group lessons. Local residents come to class to have fun, relax, be entertained and take part in enjoyable exercise. The Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango Rumba, and Jive are just some of the dances you can enjoy during the time.

It is a small class of about 10 people so rather similar to a private lesson. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes but not trainers. You require no experience or partner to come and join in. Donald will teach each class according to ability and students tend to stay for quite some time. One, totally blind local resident was a member of the class for over 3 years. He thoroughly enjoyed getting out and participating in the social interaction.

Come and try an introductory lesson for £6.00. Lessons after that are £12.00 for a one and a half hour lesson.

If you would like to join Donald please call (07889 068585)

The Grove Neighbourhood Centre is also holding a TEA DANCE on 28th May from 2-4.30pm

This event was well attended last year with one of the highlights being the live band. The Dennis Smith Trio is very popular and have a great deal of experience. It is a great event enjoyed by many. New people come to benefit from the dancing, the social aspect of the afternoon and learning new steps. Tea , cake , merriment and a great deal of laughter.

Come and join us, book early to avoid disappointment.

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HRH Princess Anne visits the Sulgrave Youth Club

princessroyalOn 3rd March 2015, HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of UK Youth, visited The Sulgrave Club in Goldhawk Road – one of the Microsoft IT Youth Hubs to see first-hand how this innovative programme is enabling young people to have an impact on their peers and the wider community.

Microsoft IT Youth Hubs are youth projects that are being supported by Microsoft and UK Youth to upgrade their digital resources and train young people to become peer educators in digital literacy.

During her visit to the Sulgrave Club, The Princess met the Club’s ‘IT Champions’ – the volunteer peer educators who are enabling others to gain valuable ICT skills that will benefit them at home, in their education and in their careers.

As part of the visit, The Princess enjoyed a video presentation, in which the IT Champions gave an insight into their experiences of driving the project over the past 14 months. Their stories demonstrated how, with training and ongoing support, young people can make a difference through peer education – on their peers, their communities and for their own development.

princesstwoWith support from their Microsoft Mentor, Vikas Aurora, and a Microsoft Partner, Information Management Consultancy AIMII, the Club has delivered weekly IT sessions ‘in-house’. Furthermore, Sulgrave has consistently and successfully run an outreach programme with local schools, youth clubs and local businesses – and also shared their digital know-how with older people at a nearby residential living complex.

In their conversation with The Princess, Club staff were able to describe how the Microsoft IT Youth Hubs initiative has helped to build young people’s confidence and skills by providing a focused digital engagement programme, alongside mentoring from sector professionals.

Anna Smee, UK Youth CEO, commented: “We’re honoured that HRH The Princess Royal joined us at The Sulgrave Youth Club to see the Microsoft IT Youth Hub in action.

“As Patron, The Princess has always been keen to find out about our work on the ground. We are delighted that she was able to visit Sulgrave, so she could see, first-hand, our latest work supporting local youth clubs to engage young people on issues important to them.

“Having HRH The Princess Royal visit the club recognised and celebrated the achievements of the young people around the country who have contributed to the success of the programme.”

Labour MP for Hammersmith Andrew Slaughter turned up – despite wanting to abolish the monarchy and replace the National Anthem with Jerusalem! Shameless…

Michael Angus: Please help the Barons Court Project

angusA guest post from Michael Angus, Manager of the Barons Court Project

The Barons Court Project is a small charity which operates a Daycentre for people vulnerable through mental health issues and for street homelessness people. We have been operating in the borough of Hammersmith  & Fulham since 1985. Our aim is to provide a safe and welcoming environment that meets the needs  of our users.  The alcohol and drug free project has a drop in on Monday’s to Wednesday’s from 2-5pm.

At the drop in we have a variety of services including showers, laundry, clothing bank and a cost-price café. These services allow street homeless people and those affected by mental health to meet basic their needs to be clean and also to have healthy nutritious meals.  We also have a TV Lounge and front room where people can meet, chat, play games and take part in activities and run relaxation and stress management sessions

bcpsignOn Thursday we run structured activities to teach life skills including cooking and computer classes to groups of eight people for eight weeks at a time. On Friday we have a Women’s group and a Black and Minority Ethnic Group (Green Palm) that meet at the centre.

The staff also have 1-1 meetings in the mornings with Service Users to give advice, guidance and information on subjects such as budgeting, benefits, housing, education, employment and training and accessing services in the borough.

Through this diverse mix of services we work hard to improve the quality of life for around 500 service users per year.

The aim of the project is to improve the quality of life of people that use our Daycentre by offering them the opportunity to partake in social activities that most of us can take for granted. At our monthly Community Meetings Service Users decide the activities for the month and that will improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

We are part funded by the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and also the National Health Service but this grant funding only meets about 50% of our costs. We are reliant on raising money from trusts and other grant making bodies to meet the shortfall.

You could help the project in a number of ways. We need the following items to give to users or for use in the centre.

Toiletries including:  Shower gel, disposable razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste and shaving foam and  Bath Towels for the people who use our shower, 975 showers were taken here last year.

Clothing: New Men’s socks, T’ Shirts and Underwear for the street homeless people we serve. Last year we gave out 376 items of clothing.

Tea, Coffee, Tinned Food and dry goods such as Pasta and rice, to use in the kitchen and keep our  costs down. Last year we served 3,195 meals.

We are looking for volunteers for a range of roles, so that we can open more hours and increase the activities for the people we serve.

We also need new trustees for the project

Finally monetary donations to help cover our costs and cover the deficit

Please contact Michael Angus – Project Manager via email:  michael@baronscourtproject.org or by phoning 0207 603 5232, if you able to help with any of the above.

Victory! Funding for Lunch Club+ 4 The Blind reinstated

shirleyhibOften being a local councillor can be frustrating in battling away against bureaucratic obstruction. Bill Gough wrote on this site about how Lunch Club+ for the Blind were turned down for council funding purely over spurious complaints about the form filling.

I was very heartened to get the following email from Bill this afternoon:

“At last. We all, from the Lunch club, wish to thank you deeply for your input to gain us a grant award from the council’s ‘fast tract grant’ scheme. As you know, our first application was denied but thanks to your input we finally received a small grant of £2000. 00 with our second application {which incidentally was filled out identical}. I’ve attached a photo from Shirley Hibberd – the lady you initially spoke to – holding up the grant certificate; to use as you wish. Thanks again. Bill

Kind regards.

Bill Gough

Project Manager.

Lunch Club+ 4 The Blind

Help for/Visually Impaired/Elderly

66A, Uxbridge Road

London W12 8LP”

Piers Player: The extraordinary history of the Brunswick club

A guest post from Piers Player, Senior Youth and Development Worker of  the Brunswick Club

BrunswickDouble_tcm21-123239The Brunswick Boys’ Club Trust was established by a Declaration of Trust on 26 February 1945 by British officers held as prisoners of war in Oflag 79, a WWII prisoner of war camp on the outskirts of Brunswick in Germany.

As the war approached its end the prisoners of Oflag 79 conceived the idea that they should form a Club for “the boys who will be the Men of Tomorrow and who need opportunities to develop their potential. Let this Boys Club be a memorial to the comradeship we have shared in our captivity and let it be a living memorial to those of our friends who have fallen”.

In 1947, using the money pledged by the prisoners of war in Oflag 79 and money raised in subsequent fund-raising campaigns, the Brunswick Boys Club Trust purchased a site in the centre of Fulham – “a somewhat depressed area that had suffered substantial damage during the Blitz.”

The original object of the Trust was to “promote the bodily, mental and spiritual welfare of boys in the United Kingdom under the age of twenty-one.” On 14 May 1997 the Trust changed its name to The Brunswick Club Trust and the object was amended to “promote the development of boys and young men and girls and young women in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential.”

brunswick13_tcm21-133094Initially consisting of two Nissen huts, The Brunswick Boys Club (as it was then called) has since been renamed The Brunswick Club for Young People and is now a purpose built youth centre offering a range of excellent facilities and services for the young people of Hammersmith & Fulham.

Currently it provides:

  • a three day a week Senior Youth Club for young people in school years 7 and above;
  • a two day a week Junior Youth Club in school years 2-6;
  • a weekly girls group for 11 to 16 year olds;
  • a weekly after school club for children with moderate learning difficulties;
  • a weekly table tennis club for children aged 5 to 11 years;
  • six competitive football teams from Under 9s to Under 15s;
  • seven weeks of Junior holiday activity schemes; and
  • an annual holiday residential to Hindleap Warren Outdoor Activity Centre in East Sussex.

The Club is also used regularly by other organisations providing services and activities for children and young people, including the Kixstar Dragon Taekwondo Club, Little Kickers Football Club and the Fulham Junior Chess Club.

Providing a range of services six days a week, with a membership of over 600 children and young people and an average daily attendance of 85+, the Club enjoys a good level of support and respect within the local community.