Hammersmith & Fulham Council is calling on residents to support the fundraising appeal of a pioneering Shepherds Bush charity.
The Upper Room – which does vital work helping hard to reach members of the community – needs your vote to win cash in order to expand its headquarters in St Saviour’s Wendell Park Church.
The charity, which works with homeless people, ex-offenders and other disadvantaged residents, is competing for the funding in a competition sponsored by builders’ merchants Jewson.
“The Upper Room provides essential help to some of the most vulnerable people in the borough,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion.
“It is a fantastic local charity – much loved and supported by the community it works in. That’s why we’re backing their appeal and urge everyone to log on to the website and vote for The Upper Room.”
Cast your vote for The Upper Room at www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk.
The Upper Room’s current home, on the mezzanine level of the 1970s church, severely limits the types of services it can offer. One single room currently acts as a dining room, computer room, training room and office. There is also no reception area, no confidential space and nowhere to host activities.
By adding a new full mezzanine floor to its home, the charity says it will be able to transform the services it offers. The new floor, running the full length and depth of the current room, will be able to house a toilet, training room, storage space and desperately needed private 1-2-1 rooms.
The refurbishment would double the floorspace, creating an open-plan main office with dedicated reception area.
By thinking so creatively about how the new spaces will work, The Upper Room hope to impress competition judges, who are looking for innovative ways of using and adapting space as key criteria for obtaining funding.
“Since we opened as a soup kitchen 25 years ago, our services have developed dramatically and as we’ve grown, so has the number of beneficiaries and staff,” said The Upper Room’s Michael Buraimoh.
“Now we need to transform where we work, to support and develop our services and enable people who visit to take advantage of the range of opportunities we offer and get their lives back on track.”
Alongside hot meals, the charity provides a range of support, including workshops, advice and other opportunities.
For more information on The Upper Room, visit the charity’s website.