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.
Cookery Classes on a Budget
Provider: Westminster Drug Project; Cost: £1,967.90
The ward budget has funded a cookery course project provided by Westminster Drug Project. The course is aimed at delivering cooking lessons to people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Sessions will cover a range of topics from food preparation and cooking techniques to food safety and hygiene as well as budgeting and nutrition awareness.
Complementary Therapies programme 2014-15
Provider: Munro Health Co-operative; Contribution; £3,701.50
A contribution towards the continuation of the Complementary Therapies programme also funded by Queen’s Park ward 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.
Black History Month
Provider: The Avenues; Contribution: £604.40
Together with the Queen’s Park and Westbourne Councillors, Harrow Road ward members supported the Avenue’s programme of events for Black History Month.
All Sing! Community Choir
Provider: All Sing!; Cost: £4,050
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.
London Breakdance Challenge 2014
Provider: Paddington Arts; Cost: £1,250
Young people in the area were encouraged to participate in the London Breakdance Challenge 2014 while others gained digital skills as they live streamed the event.
Christmas Lights 2014
Provider: Abraxus and Collier & Company; Cost: £3,701.24
The ward budget was used to contribute towards festive lights in the ward.
Maida Hill Market
Provider: WCC Built Environment; Contribution: £5,500
The Harrow Road Ward Councillors have agreed to utilise some of their Ward Budget to allow the market to continue until the end November 2015 so it is given a reasonable opportunity to establish itself.
Neighbourcare Christmas Lunch
Provider: Neighbourcare Contribution: £81.90
Thanks to the contribution from the ward budget, older residents of the ward were provided with a lunch on Christmas Day.
Provider: Maida Hill Café; Cost: £104.30
Ward budget funds were put towards refreshments for the Community Christmas Ceremony.
Time Credits Project
Provider: Paddington Development trust (PDT) Contribution: £984
The Harrow Road 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.
Paddington Festival Co-ordinator
Provider: Communications Team Contribution: £1,728
The Harrow Road councillors contributed towards the delivery of the Paddington Festival helping to fund the production of programmes, posters and other publicity materials.
Dance and Steelpan project
Provider: Paddington Arts Contribution: £600
The Harrow Road councillors contributed towards the delivery of the Dance and Steelpan Christmas Show.
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.
Provider: Dutch Pot Lunch and Social Club Contribution: £3,000
The Dutch Pot social club provides opportunities for older people to meet regularly and share their interests.
Music for Change
Provider: Creative Futures: £1,996
The project will deliver numerous workshops, lead my professional Musicians. The workshops will lead up to some live performances for the groups. The project aims to enrich pre-school age children’s musical experience and target specific behaviour development.
Elderly Day Out
Provider: Ernest Harriss House: £2,850
The project will provide numerous days out for the elderly residents of Ernest Harris House. The project aims to improve to tackle social exclusion, loneliness and promote well-being amongst the elderly.
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: £3,205.40
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: £3,299
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.
Planting Bulbs on the Lydford Estate
Provider: Lydford Estate Residents Association: £123.50
The project will hold a planting day and a junior planting day. The project aims to improve the greenery of the area ad educate local residents/children about gardening.
For more information on these projects please contact Joseph Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org