New Sands End community kitchen is the latest H&F Hive success

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Sands End community kitchen opening: (L-R) Julie Cavanagh (Manager at SEAPIA), Megan Nafi (10), Lillie Sweeney (10), Freya Murphy (10) and Cllr Ben Coleman

A new community kitchen, a family play project and planting sessions in a local park. These are three of the great community projects which have recently raised vital funds on the H&F Hive.

See all the pictures from the Sands End community kitchen opening on our Flickr photo gallery

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

All three of these projects are the result of successful crowdfunding campaigns run by local groups on the H&F Hive. And it follows the eight other exciting projects which have already raised funds on the H&F Hive with help from the council.

All the organisations running projects on the H&F Hive were invited to the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith recently to celebrate – and to spread the word about the money available for local groups.


Cllr Sue Fennimore speaking at the Lyric Hammersmith event

“It was great to hear what’s been achieved so far on the H&F Hive,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.

“The passion and commitment shown by the organisations and volunteers that have brought the community together to support their ideas is truly inspiring.”

Cooking up a storm in Sands End

At the Lyric event, children from the Sands End Adventure Playground were excited to share how they helped to fundraise for their new community kitchen.

Ten-year olds Megan Nafi, Lillie Sweeney and Freya Murphy designed campaign posters, baked and sold cakes, and shook buckets at the local Sainsbury’s to help bring in the pennies.

“It was amazing to see the whole community pull together,” said Julie Cavanagh, Manager at Sands End Associated Projects in Action (SEAPIA).

“And now we’ve got a brand new kitchen where the children will learn about healthy food, and where we can put on lunches for local elderly people. And we’ve got plans for a youth café, too. Food is a great way to bring people together!”

Gardening volunteers transform Wendell Park


L-R: Kirsty Kenney from Spacehive, Ulick Tarabanov from London Sports Trust, Caroline MacMillan from Wendell Park Gardening Friends and Julie Cavanagh from SEAPIA

The audience also heard from Shepherds Bush resident Caroline MacMillan from the Wendell Park Gardening Friends.

She spoke about how their fundraising campaign on the H&F Hive has inspired neighbours of all ages to get their hands dirty transforming a herbaceous border in the park. Volunteers have been digging out the snowberry and planting new shrubs, and the children from Wendell Park primary school were delighted to see the bulbs they planted flowering in the spring.

“It’s been wonderful to see so many of our neighbours, young and old, around the park joining in the digging and planting,” said Caroline. “We even roped in a group of young footballers to help us ferry water! It’s brought our community closer together.”

To get involved with the Wendell Park Gardening Friends, visit their website for more details.

Families need a place to play

Meanwhile, Ulick Tarabanov of London Sports Trust, spoke about being excited to launch the new Place2Play project, bringing families together in local parks for fun challenges, helping them get more active, and learning new skills together.

“We’re really passionate about helping people to get active and enjoy sport,” said Ulick. “By running a crowdfunding campaign, we had the chance to tell the wider community about what we do as well as raising money to put on some great activities for families in Wormholt, Normand Park and Edward Woods.

“It was great to see so many individuals and organisations want to get involved in Place2Play – every pledge, however large or small, was a real message of support.”

For details of how to get involved with the London Sports Trust, visit their website or follow them on Twitter: @LdnSportsTrust.

Want to launch a project on the H&F Hive?

Feel inspired by these successful projects? Well, why not launch your own? In addition to raising money from friends and neighbours on the H&F Hive, projects can pitch for a share of £200,000* which H&F Council has made available to support great initiatives.

For more details, visit the H&F Hive.


L-R: Lillie Sweeney, Freya Murphy and Megan Nafi

*Most 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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