Since 1999 we have grown up fast … we started with 9 families and 9 volunteers. Last year, we supported 197 families & 506 children with 96 volunteers from our centre in Rossmore Road, NW1. From November 1st 2014 we extended our support to the neighboring borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This move will enable us to support even more families across the tri borough area.
The challenges during our growing up have been enormous. We knew we were working in a ‘mixed’ area with some of the richest and poorest wards in the country, and with over 54 nationalities. Chronic over-crowding in Westminster is amongst the worst in the UK. This leads to considerable pressure on all members of the family (with some children only having a cardboard box in which to keep their treasures and know as their private space.)
We could not have met these challenges without the wonderful support from so many sources. These are just a few:
Our volunteers, who continue to amaze us with their commitment, love and sheer willpower to make a difference.
Our trustees, who have helped to shape us into a real centre of excellence in delivering our service.
Our major funders without whom we simply would not be here, City of Westminster, The Big Lottery Fund, The John Armitage Charitable Trust, The Department of Health’s Volunteering Fund, BBC Children in Need & many more.
And our families: this is a two way partnership between HSW and our families, the rewards for both can be unexpected, sometimes there is a difficult path to tread that take us all out of our comfort zone … but the end results, as told by our families, can be magical and long term. Over the last 14 years we have made a little go a long way.
Thank you to all our friends & families
Christa, Emily, Miriam, Karima & Thienhuong.