Christmas party helps make special connections in West Kensington

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The Christmas party brought together more than 120 residents from across West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates

A special Christmas event to connect residents, contractors, H&F Council and local support groups was held last month.

The Community Connects campaign – hosted by Hammersmith & Fulham Council and maintenance contractor Pinnacle PSG – brought together more than 120 residents from across West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates.

With the St Andrew’s Church Choir providing the carols, residents of all ages took part in party games, cake making and present giving. Meanwhile younger residents were delighted by a special visit from Father Christmas.

Christmas can be a challenging time for many families, so local partners were also invited to support families and individuals with referrals and advice.

Mental health charity MIND were present, and able to provide advice to those who wanted support, whilst the NHS outreach programme performed on the spot health checks for those residents who wanted a quick health check-up. The London Plus Credit Union team also provided advice and support to local residents and families to help them manage and improve their personal finances.

After the event, Sally Taylor and Diana Belshaw, chairs of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Tenants Associations, said: “It was lovely to see everyone, especially the children, having such a magical time.”

Pinnacle’s Community Connects programme sees monthly events held in a different community venue across H&F. It aims to help residents build networks and connections with local organisations and services, and provides an opportunity to offer support services.

The next Community Connects event will be taking place at Twynholme Hall on the Bayonne estate, on 31 January, 4-7pm.

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