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Hammersmith & Fulham community groups helped residents in need get through the winter

  • April 8, 2024
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Hammersmith & Fulham community groups helped residents in need get through the winter

People across Hammersmith & Fulham had a tough winter due to the cost-of-living crisis. To help thousands of the worst off residents, the council teamed up with local charity H&F Giving and grassroots community groups to provide financial help.

Through the Winter Support Fund, the council gave £340,000 to 35 local organisations who work daily to support local residents in need. More than half the projects we funded supported families with children aged 18 or younger. Households with a Disabled resident were also supported.

Fulham-based Sands End Adventure Playground (SEAPIA) was among the charities helped. It was given funding to purchase food vouchers for families. The charity also received funding to buy personal care baskets for local young people. Julie and her team asked youth club regulars what toiletries they’d buy for themselves if they could afford to pick anything they wanted. Staff then bought the items and mocked their art room up as a shop.

Food-bank charity Bubble & Squeak, based by Old Oak Primary School in Mellitus Street, received funding to rescue and redistribute surplus food. Age UK H&F, a local charity based in Greyhound Road, received funding to keep its heating on so residents could come and keep warm. Dads House received funding for fuel grants and food vouchers for local families. The Fulham-based charity is a food bank, family law clinic, and social club rolled into one.

Somali Parents received funding to support families with three children or more who were struggling to pay their bills. Based in the White City Community Centre, the charity helps Somali families with everything from health concerns to supporting school attendance.

Shepherds Bush homelessness charity The Upper Room received funding for food. Based in Cobbold Road, the charity serves 33,000 meals annually and offers job support and driving lessons to people with a criminal conviction.

“We know the cost-of-living crisis has made life more expensive than ever for residents up and down the borough,” Cllr Rebecca Harvey, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion and Community Safety said. “It’s been great to hear that our Winter Support Fund has helped reduce that stress. This wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing work of our local community groups and charities. To find out more about our cost-of-living support, please visit our dedicated webpages.”

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