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

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

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Vivienne Lukey

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

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 am 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

Julian Hillman

Vice Chair of Trustees and appointee of LBHF

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Julian Hillman

Vice Chair of Trustees and appointee of LBHF

“I was a social worker by trade and have lived and worked in Hammersmith since 1978. Hammersmith is home; we brought our children up here and its an exciting and dynamic place. I have really enjoyed being part of the project to bring the Charity out of the shadows and make the organisation fulfil its potential. The grant making capacity offers great opportunities and we are learning and reflecting about “how to do good.” – Trustee since 2002

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

Iain Cassidy

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

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Iain Cassidy

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

“Hammersmith is an incredibly diverse area, the people of Hammersmith come from all over the UK, and all over the world. New residents are constantly moving into Hammersmith while others move on, but there is a very strong sense of community in the area. Hammersmith United Charities is very deeply embedded in the history of Hammersmith. The housing it provides is beautifully maintained, and the tenants and residents are firmly at the heart of everything the charity does. However, the charity is also increasingly outward looking, and it is doing a lot of work to reach out into the community to give grants and support to the many charities, groups and communities that work locally.” – Trustee since 2014

Charlie Dewhirst

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

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Charlie Dewhirst

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

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

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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