Director of the Barons Court Project, Michael Angus

Thirteen more local projects benefit from COVID-19 grants

Another 13 projects have been awarded grants from the charity UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham, working with Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

The grants, made possible by the generosity of the public and local firms, will support frontline community activities to help residents in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

But more help is needed, with a plea being renewed for further donations to assist the efforts of volunteers and neighbourhood groups.

One of the local bodies benefiting from the latest tranche of grant aid is West London Welcome, which provides food parcels for asylum seekers and refugees whose plight has got steadily worse through lockdown.

Volunteer handing out food supplies from a green plastic container
West London Welcome provides food parcels for asylum seekers and refugees. PHOTO: TOMAS EVANS

The new batch of grants totals £11,682, helping 4,445 people. It means that 96 separate activities have been funded by the charity, which has now distributed £89,327.

“Thanks to more than 400 donors we have been able to help so many people,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council. “If you can help, it’s not too late to make a donation to help local residents in need.”

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The latest awards are to:

Barons Court Project – £578
Sharing 2,000 printed wellbeing packs with other community groups, including the Foodbank, Smile Brigade and Hestia.

Bishop Creighton House – £1,000
Continuing to meet the need of 250 older socially isolated people with complex health needs, via telephone checks and extra support.

Citizens Advice Hammersmith & Fulham – £1,000
Providing 30 hours of interpreting for those hit hardest by Covid-19, and unable to access benefits support.

Elmgrove House Extra Care Home – £350
Providing activities for residents who are shielding, and those able to take part in communal gardening, crafts and exercise.

Family Friends – £1,000
Shop & drop service for disadvantaged families with children under 16.

Fulham Good Neighbours – £1,000
Enabling weekly online social clubs to tackle isolation and loneliness for older people in Fulham, including an art club and reading group.

Old Oak Primary – £987
Buying books for a lockdown library, to encourage 250 children, many on estates, to enjoy reading.

Outside Edge Theatre Company – £1,000
Online drama and pastoral care to support recovering addicts and those at risk of, or affected by, addiction.

Peabody Community Foundation – £997
Running a four-session podcasting project, telling the stories of Old Oak during COVID-19.

River House Trust – £771
Buying three sets of bistro tables and chairs so older people with HIV can be invited for socially distanced tea.

Sands End Associated Projects In Action – £1,000
Buying a gazebo to enable outdoor activities for children who have spent weeks indoors, with the focus on woodwork and nature.

The Violence Intervention Project – £1,000
Restarting a mobile food service to young people and families at risk of violence.

West London Welcome – £1,000
Keeping the foodbank going through the summer for refugees and asylum seekers.

If you’re a community organisation you can apply for funding today via UNITED’s website.

 Four people standing outside the front of the Fulham Good Neighbours building
Fulham Good Neighbours have received a grant of £1,000

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