The Barons Court Project

Barons Court Project
Service description:

The Barons Court Project is a day centre for people in the borough who are vulnerable to mental ill health and homelessness. Funded by Hammersmith & Fulham, the organisation provides activities including advocacy, group support and one-to-one assistance, access to shower and laundry facilities, social events, meals, IT sessions and a life skills programme. There is a full list of services on their website.

Funded until: 

31 March 2021             

Annual funding level:

£45,000

What the service has achieved in the past year...

Number of residents supported:

230

Use of volunteers:

Number of volunteers involved: 152
Number of volunteer hours delivered: 1,976
Value of volunteer hours provided: £19,266

Outcomes/impact for residents:

  • 40 people had one-to-one sessions covering issues surrounding benefits, housing, employment, and mental/physical health
  • 32 undertook IT skills improvement sessions
  • 12 have reported improved mental health
  • 10 have reported an improvement in budgeting skills
  • 12 reported improved confidence
  • 12 reported improved living skills
  • 6 reported they were better equipped to live independently

Funding raised:

£156,967

Other achievements/future plans:

  • The project ran its first Food for Thought team-building day, which brought in £400, working with a group from the City
  • Through partnerships with City Harvest and The Felix Project the project reduced expenditure on food. The Barons Court Project featured in a crowdfunding video, which raised £160,000 for a new depot
  • Via the Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild, the project was able to give away new clothes and bedding to all service users in need
  • A new website was launched… with good feedback
  • An event was staged with bestselling author and former rough sleeper James Bowen, and street cat Bob. James’s love for his cat inspired him to kick his drug addiction and turn his life around. He has since written eight books for children and adults which have sold millions of copies around the word
  • Barons Court Project was named the mayor’s charity for the year

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