St Jude’s gets a makeover thanks to the community chest

St Jude’s Hall in Queen’s Park, Westminster was recently given a make over by the local estate team. At an event organized by CityWest Homes and its housing management contractor, Pinnacle PSG, staff rolled up their sleeves to give the area a spring clean.

The team spent several hours laying soil, filling planters and beds in the grounds of the hall with a variety of colourful shrubs and flowers. The event was also attended by Queen’s Park ward councillor Barrie Taylor, who eagerly joined in. A grant of £2,500 was provided by the local north Area Management Committee (AMC) to purchase the plants and materials needed for the transformation.

The new AMCs, made up of residents, board members and CityWest Homes staff, have been given an annual community chest fund of £10,000. They can allocate this fund to residents’ groups for community or environmental projects and community events. Residents from CityWest Homes estates are invited to submit a bid for funding and since we launched the scheme in 2011, residents from across our estates have applied for over £38,000 of funding for a variety of projects.

Darren Levy, director of customer services, CityWest Homes, said: “It’s fantastic to see funding from the community chest being used to benefit the local community and we have seen many great projects like this taking place across our estates. The reaction from local residents has been fantastic and we look forward to getting involved in more events like these as the British summer sets in.”

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