Ward budgets are a dedicated and flexible resource with which to address specific local issues and priorities.
Local councillors have been given an annual budget since April 2008 to spend on local projects in their wards, from 1 April 2014 this is £46,000 per ward per year. The budgets are intended to enable councillors to address local issues and priorities that matter most to residents. This could range from improving the local environment with new trees, flowers or improved paving, to purchasing new equipment for the local sports club, or funding activities for older residents.
See below for recent projects.
QP Film Festival and Camp Activities
Provider: A2Dominion; Cost: £9,708.70
Ward budget contribution towards the Summer Camp and Film Festival run by A2Dominion, allowing local parents and children to get involved with a range of activities delivered at the Beethoven Centre For more information please contact Fiona.Doherty@a2dominion.co.uk.
We Rise Youth Project
Provider: The Avenues Youth Club; Cost: £2,868.94
This project aims to provide a series of workshops during the autumn of 2014 that will address the issue of exploitation and social grooming that girls and young women are at risk of on a day to day basis.
Complementary Therapies Programme 2014-15
Provider: Munro Health Co-Operative; Contribution; £3,726.50
A contribution towards the continuation of the Complementary Therapies programme also funded by Harrow Road to promote good health and well-being at a community level by offering a variety of complementary treatments to local groups or individuals who would not usually be able to afford it.
QP Summer Festival Contribution
Provider: Queen’s Park Community council; Cost: £5,000
Ward budget has contributed towards the Queen’s Park Summer Festival which is for all residents to enjoy. The summer festival is a vital part of the wider Paddington Festival.
Black History Month
Provider: The Avenues; Cost: £1,839.19
Together with the Harrow Road and Westbourne Councillors, Queen’s Park ward members supported the Avenue’s programme of events for Black History Month.
WWM Boys Mentoring Project
Provider: Working With Men-Boys; Cost: £6,435
WWM provided a male mentor for one day a week to work with a select group of boys at Queens Park Primary and their fathers or another male family member.
Provider: Queen’s Park Community Council; Cost: £2,500
The local celebration brought together the locals and helped foster a strong sense of community spirit and civic pride.
All Sing! Community Choir
Provider: All Sing!; Cost: £1,440
Thanks to continued support from the Harrow Road, Queen’s Park and Westbourne councillors, the All Sing! Community choir continues to bring together singers from the three wards.
Provider: Tell it; Contribution: £1,280.60
The Queen’s Park ward councillors funded a day of community events to promote social cohesion and encourage civic pride.
Neighbourcare Christmas Lunch
Provider: Neighbourcare Contribution: £200
Thanks to the contribution from the ward budget, older residents were provided with a lunch on Christmas Day.
Floating Class Room
Provider: The Beauchamp Lodge Settlement Cost: £6,090
The Floating Classroom provides opportunities for local children to discover and explore the natural world via Westminster’s waterways and green spaces.
Provider: Paddington Development trust (PDT) Contribution: £984
The Queen’s Park ward councillors have contributed to the running of this volunteering programme. The Time Credits project helps local people to secure rewards in return for their volunteering efforts.
Provider: Communications Team Contribution: £1,728
The Queen’s Park councillors contributed towards the delivery of the Paddington Festival helping to fund the production of programmes, posters and other publicity materials.
Dance and Steelpans Project
Provider: Paddington Arts Contribution: £600
The Queen’s Park councillors contributed towards the delivery of the Dance and Steelpan Christmas Show.
Working with Men Transition Project
Provider: Working with Men: £2,171
The project aims to ensure that boys, at risk of exclusion, are able to continue accessing mainstream education constructively. The project will also develop positive links between the home/school and reduce anti-social behaviour.
North Paddington Food Bank
Provider: North Paddington Food Bank: £915.92
The money from the Ward Budget will be used to hire a dedicated support worker for the North Paddington Food Bank. This will ensure a smooth and efficient running of the food bank, which supports residents from the Church Street, Harrow Road, Queen’s Park and Westbourne Wards.
Provider: A2Dominion: £3,811
The Camp will aim improve knowledge about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise in an area which has some of the borough’s most vulnerable and deprived communities.
Queen’s Park Summer Festival
Provider: Queen’s Park Community Council: £5,000
The Summer Festival aims to promote social cohesion and civic pride in Queen’s Park ward. The festival will bring together all sectors of the local community in a shared celebration of the area.
Paddington’s Got Talent
Provider: Paddington Arts: £532
The project aims to build upon Paddington Arts past experiences and work amongst young people to develop their artistic ambitions.
Queen’s Park Film Festival 2015
Provider: A2Dominion: £951.75
The project aims to bring together all sections of the local community, both adult and children. The project will also gauge responses from this event, with the view to setting up a long term film viewing project for the local community, and as a lead up to the Queens Park Festival.
Cooking Classes on a Budget
Provider: Westminster Drug Project: £500
This is a cookery course project, aimed at delivering cooking lessons to people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The project aims to teach users better cooking skills, budget management techniques and increased knowledge of nutrition.
Provision of Complimentary Therapies
Provider: Munro Health Co-operative: £4,000
This project aims to help relieve chronic pain and promote the well-being of residents over the age of 60 years old, in the Queen’s Park and Harrow Road wards.
The Library Film Project
Provider: Queen’s Park Library: £700
This project aims to provide free and accessible film events for children, families and young people by showing popular films during school holidays, weekends and after school. A key benefit to the local community is the offer of free events in a safe environment.
Catering Costs – 11th November 2015
Provider: Westminster Senior Citizen Forum: £67.50
The Queen’s Park wards Councillors have funded the catering costs for the meeting of the Westminster Senior Citizens Forum. The meetings are theme orientated, such as health & well-being.
Ward Budget Workshop – Hire of the Beethoven Centre
Provider: A2Dominion: £50
The Queen’s Park wards Councillors have funded the hire of a room in the Beethoven Centre, to run a workshop about the use of Ward Budgets. The Workshop will work with previous and prospective prospers to improve their future proposals and understanding of the Ward Budgets.
For more information on these projects please contact Joseph Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org