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Local residents pull together with new community website

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The H&F Circles website team consists of 10 local volunteers from across the borough

Local residents have launched a new community-led website to support businesses and residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

With the support of H&F Council, Hammersmith residents Katia Herault, Lizzie Cernik and Kat Smith have founded H&F Circles.

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L-R: Founders of the H&F Circles website Lizzie Cernik, Katia Herault and Kat Smith

From a local business guide to help firms struggling due to the pandemic, to lifestyle columns and features on the generous acts of compassion being seen across H&F, the website has something for everyone during these testing times.

We want to bring residents and local businesses together from different circles and walks of life via our website.

We need to help give our local community and economy all the support it needs during the pandemic,” said H&F Circles co-founder Lizzie.

We would also like to thank H&F Council and local designer Kat Smith for all their amazing support in helping us to get H&F Circles up and running.”

The H&F Circles team consists of 10 local volunteers from across the borough.

H&F Circles

This is another fantastic example of the amazing community spirit we have seen from local residents during the pandemic,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.

Check out the new community website and get involved. We need to continue to stay strong, stay safe and support one another through this crisis.”

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Lockdown library launch at Old Oak primary school in Shepherds Bush

Freelance writer and journalist, Lizzie, and content producer Katia, who has worked for the likes of National Geographic and Discovery channel, came up with the idea for the community website after meeting in a local mutual aid group for Ravenscourt Park during the lockdown.

Lizzie has been writing and editing articles for the new site, which includes a piece on mental health guidance for young people and a feature on the lockdown libraries being launched by Old Oak primary school in Shepherds Bush.

Katia has produced several videos with Ranno from TEB Creative. They feature Thames21, a charity offering volunteering opportunities in Hammersmith, and local entrepreneurs such as Ravenscourt Bootcamp and Bridge Baker who have swiftly adapted their business to the new working conditions due to the pandemic.

There’s lots happening in the local community. We urge anyone who has launched a new initiative to get in touch with us and share their story,” added Lizzie.

If you or your business have a story to tell, H&F Circles would love to hear from you. Get in touch here.

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