More groups step up for community cash on the H&F Hive

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Image captionLondon Sports Trust plans to bring families together in local parks for fun challenges for all ages and abilities

A new community kitchen, a park play scheme and gymnastics equipment for a youth club are the latest projects pitching to H&F Council for funding on the H&F Hive

Hammersmith & Fulham Council set up the H&F Hive to enable local organisations and residents to raise money for great community projects.

In addition to raising money from friends and neighbours, projects can pitch for a share of £200,000* which H&F Council has made available to support great initiatives.

“The H&F Hive has been a huge success so far,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.

“It’s great to see so many exciting new projects coming on board and starting to crowdfund. The H&F Hive provides a great opportunity to get the whole community involved in raising money for ideas that will make a positive difference to the lives of people across H&F.”

New projects

The most ambitious of these new projects aims to develop community space at St Dionis church in Parsons Green. Before launching their campaign, church members spoke to local schools, community groups, residents and businesses to find out what facilities they wanted. As a result, the ‘Living Space’ project will create a new kitchen, meeting spaces and better access.

Project co-ordinator Caroline David said: “The new facilities will benefit the whole community, and we’re very excited at the opportunity to get everyone involved in our fundraising campaign.”

Also raising funds is the London Sports Trust which plans to bring families together in local parks for fun challenges for all ages and abilities, that will help local families get more active, fitter and learn new lifelong skills together.

The Trust’s Place2Play coordinator, Ulick Tarabanov, said: “We want to encourage families to make use of their local parks and open spaces while enjoying a new programme of activities. Fundraising on the H&F Hive not only helps us to fund the activities, but also to raise awareness of the importance of staying active.”    

Image caption: Kids at St Alban's Church Youth Club

Other projects joining the fundraising challenge include new youth club facilities at St Alban’s church in Hammersmith, and training equipment for the new Fulham Gymnastics Club at the Hurlingham Academy. 

Helping your community project on the H&F Hive

If you would like to donate to any of these projects, you can add your pledge on the H&F Hive.

More than £59,000 has already been raised by groups on the H&F Hive, of which £25,000 was contributed by the council.

*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.

Image caption: Cut away diagram showing the plan for the Living Space project which proposes a new kitchen, meeting spaces and better access at St Dionis Church

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