A reflection of the memories of our residents of the dance halls and places of entertainment in the Hammersmith of their youth.

Dancing for Joy

After the successful implementation of DanceWests “Bolder not Older” weekly dance classes for adults 65+ at Sycamore House, we have commissioned DanceWest to deliver a performance for our 400th Anniversary.

DanceWest starts the project with reminiscence and oral history sessions, taking residents back to the nights out on the town they enjoyed in iconic but now demolished venues. The residents will be asked to recall dancing, the kinds of music they listened to, the experience of nights out, what they remember of the venues themselves, their relationship to those younger selves. Photos of the venues and the residents will be collected as well as recordings of the music.

Using that material as a starting point DanceWest will commission a piece of choreography suitable for the Bolder not Older dance group – possibly in conjunction with other dance groups run by Dance West, including the mooted older peoples’ semi professional dance company.

The new work will be performed at the Grand Party and filmed for posterity.

 

Hammersmith reflections

A blog written by our Trustees - this time Sam Deards

I joined Hammersmith United Charities as a trustee back in 2014 and since then have seen the charity grow and I have got to know intimately what the charity does and aims to do in the future.

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Our week

12th - 16th Feb

It’s Friyay! Before we all sign off to enjoy the weekend, have a look at what happened at HUC this week 🙂

On Monday, Lise from Alien Seas hosted a free lunch for elderly people supported by HUC

It was so lovely to host my second charity lunch for the elderly this afternoon👵🏻👵🏻👵🏻 I’ve started this initiative to…

Posted by Alien Seas Nutrition on Monday, 12 February 2018

 

Tuesday was Pancake Day and staff and residents made sure to celebrate it properly

But that wasn’t the only thing to celebrate because our sweet Tilly turned 8 years old on the same day – look how cute she is!!

Yesterday we had a great Staff Meeting (managing to get everyone in the same room on the same day is not easy!) where we also introduced our new intern Sarah that will be helping us during the next few months.

Last, but not least, UNITED in Hammersmith and Fulham just joined the social media fun! Go show them some love and follow them on Twitter! 😀

Now we want to know all about YOUR week! Follow us on Facebook and let us know what you were up to this week 🙂

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My Home Sycamore House

A Poem by Kitty

Every Monday, from January to March 2018, our residents at John Betts House and Sycamore House are enjoying a Relaxation and Mindfulness course organised by Open Age.

This course of simple relaxation techniques helps slowing heart rate, improving sleep quality, digestion, mood and concentration as well as reducing stress and much more… like, for example, increasing creativity! This definitely happened to Kitty, one of our residents at Sycamore House, who wrote this lovely poem inspired by one the sessions. We just had to share it with all of you!

If you are interested in more activities organised by Open Age, you can have a look at the list (link on the right) or visit their website.

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New Grants Deadline

The next grants deadline will be the 1st May!

The next deadline to send your grant application will be the 1st May.

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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Enigma Lunches — What it is…

“As well as the 456,976 possible starting positions for any set of four wheels, this Enigma machine offers further variations in settings which means that there are 4,134 million possible ways in which it could be set up.” Alan Turing Institute, The British Library (more…)

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