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H&F funding is helping charities change lives

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Image captionAn event at the Masbro Centre

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is helping charities and other voluntary organisations change lives in the borough – and saving residents’ money at the same time.

There are a wide range of local organisations helping residents, such as caring for the elderly, activities for young people and disability rights. They’re helping residents more effectively and for cheaper than we can as a council. So we’ve given them the money to do more – a lot more.

This year the council is funding 39 organisations to provide 54 important services, which will benefit approximately local 74,000 residents. We also have a fast track small grants scheme which provides grants of up to £5,000 for local projects.

“We know these organisations really improve the lives of residents, and in some cases act as a lifeline,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion.

“We know how much residents value them. Not only does it make good financial sense to help these voluntary organisations, it’s the right thing to do.”

The financial support given to organisations this year adds up to £3.6million, a figure that was given a £400,000 boost in 2014. Not only would it cost more for H&F Council to provide these services, charities are able to use the support to help massively expand their missions.

Here are three examples of how we are helping local organisations deliver key services to local residents in Hammersmith & Fulham:

Masbro Centre

Masbro Centre website

This financial year received £133,000 from H&F Council.

Masbro Centre
Image caption: Parents and toddlers event at the Masbro Centre

“The council’s funding is the foundation of the funding for the whole centre,” said Andy Sharpe, CEO of the Urban Partnership Group, which runs the Masbro Centre in Masbro Road, West Kensington.

The Masbro Centre provides a wide range of activities and support to more than 6,000 residents a year. They include a community centre with a vast range of activities for young and old, a befriending service and tea dances for elderly people, as well as parent support groups and parenting classes.

“The funding from the council is really important. It gives us the core funding we need to attract more funding from other sources,” Andy added. “Without it all our services would suffer and it’d be very difficult to maintain them.”

Action on Disability

Action on Disability website

This financial year received £117,000 from H&F Council.

Kamran Malik CEO of Action on Disability
Image caption: Kamran Malik CEO of Action on Disability

Kamran Malik, CEO of Action on Disability in Hammersmith, said H&F Council’s funding is vital to their work advising Disabled people on the benefits they can access to help them live fuller lives.

"Without the grant from the council we would not be able to offer a welfare benefits service to Disabled children and adults,” said Kamran.

“This would mean Disabled children growing up in poverty and adults living without the basics they need to live.

“Supporting individuals to access the benefits they are entitled to improves quality of life and has the potential to contribute to an individual’s health & well-being by opening up opportunities, choice and independence.”

Barons Court Project

Barons Court Project website

This financial year received £45,000 from H&F Council.

Barons Court Project Christmas party
Image caption: Barons Court Project Christmas party

The Barons Court Project in Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, helps homeless people in a wide range of ways, from providing hot showers to training in the skills they need to find a new home and job. They also provide mental health care for people who, without the support, may find their conditions getting worse.

“Without the council’s grant we’d be forced to close. It gives us more credibility and a base which we can use to get other funding.

“It is crucial to the people we help but also helps the wider community as we manage issues that could lead to anti-social behaviour and crime.”