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 a selection of recent projects.
Church Street Community Singers
Provider: Church Street Community Singers; Contribution: £3,705
The Church Street Ward Members have continued to support the choir and the money is used for rent, a conductor and improved publicity efforts.
Church Street Community Notice Boards 2014/2015
Provider: Paddington Development Trust; Cost: £1,584
The Paddington Development Trust will provide notice boards to keep residents of Church Street up-to-date with events and news in their area.
Provider: Christ Church Bentinck Primary School; Cost: £2,000
Funds are supporting a series of Jewellery making workshops for the children of Christ Church Bentinck Primary School. The objective is for the pupils to learn how to design and make decorative craft items they will use and to learn about the variety of arts and crafts resources and materials, as well as for the pupil’s creative imaginative and motor skills to be improved and enhanced.
Councillor’s Surgery Poster for Notice Boards
Provider: Westminster City Council; Contribution: £14.40
The councillors have spent a small portion on the budget for printing councillor surgery posters to make the community aware of the resource available to them.
Supplementary Arabic Classes
Provider: Gateway Primary School; Contribution: £3,500
Pupils were able to learn more about Arabic culture and language.
Cirque de Soleil
Provider: Gateway PS; Contribution: £2,960
Pupils learned more about engineering through workshops organised by the world-famous Cirque de Soleil.
Learning through London
Provider: WAES; Contribution: £500
St Edward’s PS pupils and families benefited from English language trips to galleries and museums in London.
Provider: Fourth Feathers; Contribution: £5,201.57
Together with the Bryanston & Dorset Square Councillors, Church Street members for have funded Work Experience, School Holiday and Accreditation Schemes at the Fourth Feathers Youth Club.
Winning Women Westminster
Provider: CityWest Leisure; Contribution: £640
This sports programme for young women aims to encourage exercise while improving self-esteem and confidence.
Provider: St Edward’s Primary School; Contribution: £1,000
Following the school’s initiative to create more green space and flora in the playground, a longer term plan was discussed to ‘green’ the rest of the playground. Both the Church Street and Bryanston & Dorset Square councillors have contributed £1,000 to this project.
Provider: Zodiac Arts Contribution: £4,397.50
This project focuses on health care, sports and recreation, physical and mental wellbeing the over 65s in the Harrow Road Ward.
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.
Church Street Community Singers Piano
Provider: Church Street Community Singers: £250
The money from the Ward Budget will be used to purchase a piano for the Church Street Singers, who do about 4 concerts a year for the tenants and the Hub participants. The piano also is portable, so they can take to the other events in the neighbourhood.
Provider: A2Dominion: £6,232
This project provides a weekly drop in service at Church Street Library. The project aims to support local residents by providing free and impartial advice on housing, debt, benefits and other issues.
Yoga for Women
Provider: The Cockpit: £1,810
This project focuses on providing subsidised yoga classes for Women in Church Street and neighbouring wards. The Project aims to tackle some of the health inequalities in the Church Street ward and attract marginalised women in the Community.
For more information on these projects please contact Lexi Cotoulas at firstname.lastname@example.org