My Royal Hospital

Royal Hospital Councillors have just been elected and are getting started with City Living, Local Life.

Previous Royal Hospital Ward Councillors funded a number of projects over the summer. These included funding for a new washing machine for the Chelsea Methodist Church to support local homeless people and a garden and environmental improvement scheme. Councillors are considering how best to gather further information to prioritise support to local projects and ideas and are considering a ward-wide survey.

Councillors have so far allocated £16,774.24 in this financial year.

Supporting vulnerable people

Washing Machine Royal Hospital WardWest London Churches Homeless Concern (WLCHC), in partnership with churches of different denominations across West London, work together to help relieve poverty among street homeless people by providing accommodation, advice and support.

Chelsea Methodist Church on the Kings Road provides a night shelter and a range of year-round support services including a laundry, clothing and washing facilities. A casework service including offering advice, advocacy and practical support to help find solutions to homelessness, is also offered.

Royal Hospital Councillors decided to support the work of this local charity and the service it provides via a one-off capital grant for the purchase of a new washing machine. A grant was awarded in August 2013, for £5,000.

Councillor Emma Will, said “I am delighted we have the ward money to invest in an important local charity and to use this funding to help support those that - for whatever reason - find themselves homeless in the borough”.

Geoff Ball, a project manager at WLCHC said: “The ethos of WLCHC has always been that we are open to all. Our charity is one of the few that maintains an open-door policy, welcoming all who come rather than only those who have been referred to us. The grant from the Royal Hospital CLLL fund has been invaluable to us in continuing our most needed services to local people”.

For further information about the work of WLCHC visit their website.

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