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Hammersmith social enterprise leads the world in business volunteering support

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Image captionImage 1: Volunteers from Disney working on community projects

Do you want to learn how Disney and L’Oréal make a difference in the local community? And to their brand?

Award-winning social enterprise Works 4U is a global leader in the world of volunteering. And is here to help you, all for free.

Last year, the Hammersmith organisation in King Street assisted almost 2,000 volunteers from various local businesses, big and small, to help local charities and residents in 34 different community projects across the borough.

Works 4U has worked with the likes of Disney, British Airways and L’Oréal since it was founded in 2009. It has gone on to support numerous groups and organisations which include Melcombe primary school, Shepherds Bush Families Project, MENCAP and Wormwood Scrubs Park to name but a few.

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“Works 4U is an invaluable asset to the local community bringing business owners and local residents together for the common good,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts. “We want everyone to benefit from the economic growth we’re bringing to the borough. No one is going to be left behind as we make H&F the best place to live, work and play in Europe.”

World leader

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Image caption: Image 2: Works 4U chief executive Dominic Pinkney

Works 4U chief executive Dominic Pinkney was recently invited for the third year in a row to the United Nations meeting in Geneva’s historic Palais des Nations to lead the talks about ways to help the UN achieve their sustainable development goals for 2030.

The former Best Hammersmith Business winner at the H&F Brill Bizz Awards, works with more than 1,000 volunteers from businesses based in the borough every year.

“It was fantastic to be invited back to the United Nations,” said Dominic. “We are proud of the recognition that Works4U has received for its work helping businesses to support charities and local people through volunteering.

“Our focus on delivering impactful community projects has helped us create long-lasting sustainable relationships between businesses and local charities.”

Helping local community

This year, Works 4U worked with L’Oréal to help transform the garden of the Craven Lodge sheltered housing in Harbord Street, so residents could use the space to relax and do some light gardening.

Some residents who normally never engaged with their neighbours came out to talk during the works which almost brought the scheme manager, Naima Bakkali, to tears.

While also this year, Works 4U arranged several support days with 70 volunteers from Disney where they revamped four houses in the Hestia housing scheme across H&F. They gave the rooms a fresh coat of paint and made improvements to the outdoor area with new garden benches and plants.

“Our partnerships with businesses help them to not just support the communities they work in, but to be engaged with any part of the community. We help set up partnerships rather than ‘days out’ with businesses and community organisations. This approach will get us closer to reaching the full potential of employee volunteering,” Dominic added.

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Image caption: Image 3: Volunteers working at Shepherds Bush Family Project

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