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One Westminster exists to serve the voluntary sector and volunteering in the City of Westminster. During this national crisis, we are supporting our local organisations with accurate information & advice. We’ve also opened a Wellbeing Chat Service and are helping the council with the volunteering effort across the city.

At One Westminster we have been working as hard as we can during the crisis to keep in touch, keep you all informed and work with Westminster City Council to establish much needed services.  So far:

  1. We are continuing to provide you with as much information and advice as we can via our website, e-bulletin and emails. 
  1. We have lobbied on behalf of the sector regarding the payment of business rates – which shockingly – some of our Westminster based charities do pay an element of. 
     
  2. We are in regular contact with as many of you as possible, so that we can fully understand your needs, what you are experiencing day to day and what your communities and clients are facing.
  1. We are hoping to be able to establish some online network meetings using the fantastic Zoom which will allow us to see each other face to face to catch up and share stories. So please watch this space for invitations.
  1. Working collaboratively with Groundworks and Tempo, One Westminster is ensuring that everyone who wants to volunteer to support the council response to the Covid-19 crisis is supported to get an enhanced DBS.
     
  2. We will be helping to place volunteers into a number of roles including:
    • Food distribution – packing, shopping, delivering
    • Wellbeing Chat service
       
  3. Our new Social Prescription service has been revamped to meet the current situation.  A new “Wellbeing Chat” service has launched utilizing our newly  appointed team of Link Workers working alongside volunteers and supporting both patients identified by our GPs  and other clients coming through the Council’s Westminster Connects service. 
  1. We are also working with our partners and the council to support the volunteering effort around food distribution to do all we can to ensure that no one in Westminster goes hungry. If you are aware of anyone having difficulties around obtaining, food, medicines or in need of emotional support – please contact the Westminster Connects service via the council or One Westminster website.
     
  2. Finally, we want to be there for you!  If you have any questions, concerns, challenges, news – good or bad – that you wish to share with the wider voluntary and community sector in Westminster, then please do get in touch with any of us by email ideally.  We would love to hear from you.
     

         Jackie Rosenberg, One Westminster CEO

WHAT WE OFFER

We support more than 200 Westminster voluntary and community organisations to deliver their services by providing funding, governance, partnership and other relevant information and advice.  Through our networks, we bring the sector's organisations together to ensure their concerns are raised and their voice is heard.  We also run the Westminster Volunteer Centre linking volunteers to local organisations and providing a DBS service.  Our Time & Talents programme continues to help local businesses support our sector.

From time to time we deliver direct services alone or work in partnership with other providers.

We operate out of our centrally located premises in Chapel Street and run the Pimlico Resource Centre that is used by groups in the south of the borough.

Although all our services are currently operating remotely, our offering includes:-

  • Information, advice, signposting and referral services to voluntary and community sector organisations to assist them in their growth, sustainability and development.
  • Community and voluntary sector information through an on-line directory, e-newsletters and opportunities to meet and network.
  • Volunteering support and placement services – linking up volunteers with volunteering opportunities and providing advice and support around recruiting, training and working with volunteers.
  • Community and volunteering information provided through e-newsletters and on line services.
  • Corporate employee volunteering opportunities – linking corporate volunteering into Westminster’s vibrant voluntary and community sector.

OUR SERVICE STANDARDS

Below please find a selection of policy documents.

TRUSTEES

One Westminster has a strong Board of Trustees made up of voluntary sector representatives, private individuals and business representatives. Our Board is responsible for ensuring that we meet all our statutory obligations as a registered charity and company.

Our board members currently are:

LAURA CORDINGLEY (CHAIR)

Laura is CEO of Chance to Shine, a national cricket charity. This role involves ensuring the charity is achieving its ambitions to spread the power of cricket to young people, helping them to play, learn and develop through the game and ensuring it is operationally and financially sound. Chance to Shine works with 500,000 young people every year. She has also worked for the Mayor of London, overseeing volunteering and sport initiatives across London.

Previously, at MCC Laura was responsible for the development and delivery of the club’s community strategy, which focused on supporting communities local to Lord’s, in particular those with inequalities. Previous positions held by Laura have included working at England Netball and Volleyball England, as National Partnerships Manager and managing School Sport Partnerships in the North East.

SHIRLEY SPRINGER

Shirley is the Chief Executive of Westminster Citizens Advice Bureau, a post she has held for eight years. Shirley has more than 25 years’ experience of the local voluntary sector and is committed to the ethos of partnership working in order to better meet the needs of local residents.

Shirley values the importance of building a strong, local voluntary sector which supports and enriches the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our community. She is committed to the shared vision of One Westminster, which is to empower and transform the lives of local people.

SUE ANNIS

Sue has more than 30 years of commercial, operational and retail experience, having worked for large corporate organisations such as Vodafone, Argos and Shell International Petroleum Company, where she is currently responsible for the brand, retail operating models, capability and enablement across the globe

In each of these roles Sue has taken a personal interest and lead role in corporate social responsibilities, which have included significant fundraising for worthy causes such as Cancer Research, The National Autistic Society, Teenage Cancer Trust, Anthony Nolan Trust, Children in Need, Comic Relief and Jeans for Genes.

MATTHEW AYRES

Matthew read business management at the University of York after a gap year working for the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) setting up a Shared Service Division. On graduating from university in 2014, he went back to JLP to work for the Group IT Director on a large IT transformation project, before being poached in 2015 by a technology start up called Yocuda, which provides software and data solutions for retailers such as Argos, Debenhams & Halfords.

In his spare time, Matthew works for his family business, The Bennie Group, heading up the IT side of things for the eight business divisions. He also enjoys running and photography, and is an avid supporter of Northampton Saints Rugby team.

EDMOND YEO

Edmond is a community leader and JP who is dedicated to many charitable and volunteering activities. He is the current Chair of the Chinese Information and Advice Centre (CIAC), a registered UK charity providing advocacy services and social enterprise for the Chinese community.

Edmond is also active in local politics and is a former elected councillor for the London Borough of Ealing. Recently he was Chair of the Ealing North Conservative Association and has held various other officer positions previously.

As well as being a trustee of One Westminster, he is currently a trustee of the Children’s Hope Foundation, the North London Chinese Association (NLCA), and the Chinese in Britain Forum (CiBF). He is a director of London’s Hua Yu Chinese radio station, sits as a magistrate at HMCS Ealing Magistrates’ Court and also serves on the board of Her Majesty’s Prison at Wormwood Scrubs.

PHAYZA FUDLALLA

Phayza has 20 years’ experience of working in community development in the UK and internationally. She is currently Head of Community Programmes and co-deputy CEO for Abbey Community Association & Centre, overseeing programmes to improve the health and wellbeing of people experiencing mental health conditions, rough sleeping/homelessness, low incomes or unemployment, tackling the health inequalities of ethnic minority communities and addressing the health impact of social isolation on vulnerable older people.

Previously, she worked with the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) that supports women by providing advocacy, information and signposting. Before moving to the UK, Phayza worked with international organizations in Sudan including World Food Programme and Plan International as a researcher and Community Development Programmes Manager respectively.

VIOLA ETIENNE

Viola has more than 20 years of voluntary sector management experience. With a background in housing and community development, she has been responsible for establishing tenants’ organisations and promoting tenants’ participation in disadvantaged groups.

She has gained a great deal of experience in community cohesion through various roles, including managing a Time Bank at Carers Network and her current post as project co-ordinator at the West End Community Trust.

Viola is committed to promoting the benefits of life-long learning, through peer support programmes and ensuring that people have access to training opportunities. She believes everyone should be encouraged and supported to reach their full potential whatever their background.