Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Foodbank CEO Daphine Aikens and H&F Council Leader Stephen Cowan at The Hub @75

H&F Council-funded charities join forces to transform lives 

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Image captionCllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Foodbank CEO Daphine Aikens and H&F Council Leader Stephen Cowan at The Hub @75

The ground-breaking Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank is supporting more and more local residents following another boost to its valuable work thanks to new funding by H&F Council.

The charity’s new site in Bloemfontein Road, White City, called The Hub @75  has had a Citizens Advice Bureau worker helping residents at times of crisis since it launched earlier this year.

An additional advisor started this week, offering advice and support to those who have been referred to the foodbank to receive vital supplies. And residents needing housing advice will soon be able to get help from a fully-qualified lawyer from H&F Law Centre. 

“Supporting foodbanks is not just about food, it’s about poverty - and tackling this is central to everything we are doing at H&F,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion.

“We’ve already seen the huge difference having one full-time Citizen Advice Bureau worker at The Hub has made so it’s really significant that we’re now able to further support them with funding for a second post.

“And it is also important that H&F Law Centre, which H&F Council proudly supports, will be working at the hub very soon. 

“This is a good example of how H&F Council can facilitate and support the great work that charities do to transform residents’ lives.”

The two Citizen Advice Bureau workers are able to provide help six days a week and, after a successful trial earlier this year, a lawyer from H&F Law Centre will soon be based at The Hub once a week to give face-to-face legal advice to people in housing need.

“So many people only come to us at the law centre when their problems have escalated and they are facing eviction. If people know we’re here, we can see them at an early stage and help to prevent their problems getting out of hand.” 

To help supprt residents in need, H&F Council has:

  • Provided the premises for The Hub at 75 Bloemfontein Road;
  • Enabled refurbishment of the facility through its contractor Amey, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programme;
  • Funded one of the full time CAB advisers at the centre;
  • Funded a Centre Manager and covered other running costs for Hammersmith & Fulham Food Bank with a £45,000 per year grant from the council’s 3rd Sector Investment Fund.
  • Funded more than one fifth of all the H&F Law Centre’s work until at least March 2017

Daphine Aikens, CEO of H&F Foodbank
Image caption: Daphine Aikens, CEO of H&F Foodbank

“The package of food and key supplies is very important but prior to this, this is all we could do,” said Daphine Aikens, CEO of H&F Foodbank.

“We could give them leaflets and phone numbers but this way the advice is right here.

“It’s just really reassuring to know that we can make a real and lasting difference to their lives, not just provide a food package.”

The foodbank, which was founded in 2010 and runs at three sites across Hammersmith & Fulham is always in need of supplies for people referred by GPs and other professionals. This is especially true now following a burglary at the charity’s site at Christchurch, Fulham. Click here or call 020 7731 3693 to find out how to help.