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H&F Hive cash helps gardeners and homeless

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Image captionImage 1: Wendell Park Gardening Friends

Two innovative community projects have been given a boost H&F Hive – the council’s crowd-funding scheme for community projects.

We’ve awarded Wendell Park Gardening Friends and Barons Court Project £5,000 each from the Community Infrastructure Levy*.

“We have £189,000 more available to support great initiatives in the community and we’re keen to see more bids from anyone with a great plan to improve life in the borough,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

“Both these projects will make really positive changes for the local community. It would be great to see local residents join the council and chip in to help raise more funds.”

Digging in to bring new life to Wendell Park

Wendell Park Gardening Friends met through online social network Nextdoor. Working with H&F Council’s contractors in the park, they are fundraising for plants, bulbs and tools to transform a large herbaceous border in Wendell Park. Local pupils and neighbours have also been helping out in their much-loved local park.

Simon Grange, Chair of the Friends group, said: “This generous pledge from the council has given us a huge boost. We now need the support of more local people to help us hit our target. We are grateful for all donations, however large or small”.

Power the shower at Barons Court Project

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Image caption: Image 2: The Barons Court Project recently began raising funds to refit their shower

The Barons Court Project – which supports people who are vulnerable to mental ill health and/or homelessness – recently began raising funds to refit their shower. Now, they’re hoping to upgrade their old boiler so they’ll have hot water when they need it.

“A shower is a street homeless person’s first step towards change, rejuvenation and dignity”, said Michael Angus, Director of Barons Court Project.

“We’re delighted to receive this substantial pledge from the Council. If we are successful in reaching our funding target, we will be able to help many more homeless people to freshen up and make that first step to recovery.” To help ‘power the shower’ add your pledge here.

H&F Hive

H&F Hive is open to communities wanting to raise funds for local events, make improvements to their environment or set up new services.

As well as raising funds from local people or organisations, people can now bid for small grants from the council. For more details, visit the H&F Hive.

*The majority of the council funding for H&F Hive comes from contributions from developers, through the national Community Infrastructure Levy, which is designed to ensure the benefits of development projects are shared by local communities.

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Image caption: Image 3: Wendell Park Primary School children tidying the park