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Hillingdon Hospital opened its new pirate and fairy themed play area for the children’s ward in a fun opening event in October. Sarah Mustoe, a local mother from Ruislip, raised £26,000. Hillingdon Community Trust granted £7,500 towards the new play area for the children’s ward garden.

A £20,000 grant to the Friends of Minet Country Park has restored a pond for the local community and wildlife. Now that the pond holds water through the year it is a haven for wildlife and is regularly used as an education resource for local schools and community groups for pond dipping and other lessons. The work has improved the biodiversity of the park by providing a variety of water habitats as the level naturally fluctuates with the rain fall.

A 12 month grant of £75,000 meant that over 1,100 client contacts could be made within the Trust area. The service gave advice on over 3,500 enquiry issues. Debt advice was in particular demand and CAB advisers have assisted service users with debts totalling £1,911,533.

The Trust’s grants have refurbished the Com.cafe on the Glebe Estate in West Drayton and funded a development worker who has organised a range of popular and well attended events, reinvigorating the Com Café and increasing the number and skills of the volunteers.

The Café is now a centre for IT courses, an after school film club, a job club and workshops run by local groups such as Age Concern.

A grant of £48,400 over 2 years to QPR Community Trust’s Kickz project will help to create safer, stronger, respectful communities through the development of young people's potential.

The Trust has given funding of £30,327 over 3 years to that the club can buy a converted BMX truck and additional equipment to run an outreach project to schools in the Trust area. The grant also covers some coaching costs.

A grant of £5,412 to West Drayton Explorers Football Club has enabled it to operate over 3 nights per week and to shortly move to 4 nights a week. The project engages with over 100 young people a week and as well as keeping them active, improves community safety and reduces anti-social behaviour.

A grant of £6,764 funded a project aimed at exposing children to different faiths to help them appreciate the differences, similarities and strengths of each religion and their approach to different issues. Children have also experienced different faiths working together as a network of volunteers from different faiths facilitate the workshops in schools in the Trust area.

Minet Country Park is situated on the edge of the Trust area, near the Parkway in Hayes. The country park is a mosaic of habitats, connected by a network of hedges, waterways and grassland corridors, home to numerous species of wild plants, birds, insects and other creatures.

Since June 2012, a Community Events Co-ordinator, funded by Hillingdon Community Trust and employed by A Rocha, has been in place at Minet Country Park to provide events and activities for residents, and interact with park visitors. Events have included a ‘wild food weekend’, faith and climate change workshop, weekly healthy walks, community clean up days and coffee mornings.

A grant of £52,000 over 2 years means that every primary school child in the Trust area can take part in an environmental teaching programme based upon the West London Floating Classroom, a specially adapted wide beamed canal boat. Feedback and evaluation of the project has been excellent and it is a popular out of school classroom with primary school children - and teachers - across our area.

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