FINLAY BREWER ARE THE PROUD SPONSORS OF A NUMBER OF LOCAL CHARITIES AND ORGANISATIONS.
When Finlay Brewer opened its doors over 25 years ago, we made a commitment to the community of Brook Green – to be an involved and supportive independent business, one that understood its clients through investing and participating in local initiatives and charities.
We have worked with a number of local organisations, ranging from community gardening to supporting families in need and homeless people. We have raised funds, made friends along the way and are always on the lookout for new initiatives. Here are a few of the local organisations and events we have been involved in:
THE UPPER ROOM
Working with the socially disadvantaged, The Upper Room helps economic migrants, ex-offenders and homeless people to improve the conditions they live in and build their self-esteem. Their aim is help the people who access their services to become economically independent and emotionally stable. We have been supporting their incredibly valuable work for a number of years and are the main sponsors for their annual Winter Lecture series.
HAMMERSMITH UNITED CHARITIES
Hammersmith United Charities (H.U.C.) is a non-profit, community charity that offers grants to provide supportive housing for vulnerable, elderly residents living in 8 of the north wards in the LB of Hammersmith and Fulham. It also focuses on prevention and relief of hardship and distress amongst other residents within these wards. H.U.C. welcomes all enquiries for grants from any group, particularly ones with strong links to the communities they serve.
SHEPHERDS BUSH FAMILIES PROJECT & CHILDREN’S CENTRE
The Shepherds Bush Families Project & Children’s Centre (SBFP&CC) has been at the heart of the local community in Shepherds Bush since 1988. A well-established charity, it helps families in need by providing high quality educational and recreational daytime activities and services which in turn, promote the global development of the infants, children and young people. To successfully assist the families, SBFP&CC also supports the needs of the parents, therefore reducing the risks of family breakdown. To help raise awareness of SBFP, Finlay Brewer run an annual Christmas collection alongside Shoots and Leaves Christmas trees on Brook Green.
HAMMERSMITH COMMUNITY GARDENS ASSOCIATION
The Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA) is local, environmental charities who manage several community gardens in the LB of Hammersmith and Fulham. They have a range of projects which include conservation training schemes, volunteer gardening sessions, environmental play schemes and environmental education in local schools.
Friends of Brook Green
Initially formed to regenerate a lack lustre Green, the Friends of Brook Green (FBG) merged with the Brook Green Association in 2012. FBG supervise the Green and its facilities as well as the horticultural landscape in the surrounding neighbourhood. They also organise Brook Green Day every September, an occasion to celebrate the local community and its residents.
Askew Business Network
Askew Business Network (ABN) was launched in 2010 by a small group of local, independent business people who wanted to improve Askew Road and the surrounding area and make it a better place to live and work. ABN encourages small businesses that are run from homes as well as the larger businesses on Askew Road itself to support each other as well as highlight local need. ABN helps to promote the bringing together of local enterprise and residents.
Sing Gospel is the funkiest gospel choir in London with 55 members in their full choir and 16 members in their session choir. With a central belief that everyone has a voice, they are dedicated to spreading the love of gospel singing through their choir, workshops and performances. Regardless of singing ability, Sing Gospel welcomes all to experience the joy and benefits of singing. Workshops are held in school, churches and privately.
Opened in 1972, The Bush Theatre has established itself as a world famous theatre for innovative collaborations with internationally renowned playwrights. Alongside the performances, The Bush Theatre runs The Neighbourhood Project (a community theatre group), reading groups, work experience and internships, as well as engaging with local schools. Finlay Brewer sponsor their annual quiz…and often lose.
Storystock calls itself “a travelling circus which lands in unusual spaces to bring families stories”. Having first launched in 2013 at the Bush Theatre, it now travels all over the country to spread the joy of storytelling with words, pictures, music and poetry. Full of silliness and laughter, Storystock entertains and educates all at the same time.
Louisa Cookson’s illustrations are a vibrant and intimate portrayal of home and street life. Using perspective and colour, Louisa effortlessly captures the uniqueness of each scene. We were so impressed by her work that we commissioned an illustration of Askew Road which is now on display in our Shepherds Bush office. Louisa is a graduate of Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Art with an honours degree in architecture. She is based in west London.
A free local magazine for local people, about local people, by local people! ASKEW only interviews people who live or work in the area. Finlay Brewer sponsors the production of the magazine, enabling it to be freely available in local shops, pubs and cafes as well as being delivered to over 3000 homes in the Askew Road area.
HARTSWOOD TENNIS CLUB
Hartswood Tennis Club is a non-profit club run by a volunteer committee. Based in the heart of Shepherds Bush, it also serves the surrounding communities of Chiswick, Acton and Hammersmith. If you have a passion for tennis, or just want to try your hand at it, the club provides facilities and coaching for all levels from Tiny Tots to Advanced. It holds numerous internal tournaments, enters teams in the West Middlesex Leagues and junior teams in the Middlesex AEGON Team Tennis league and has a well established social scene with regularly held BBQs, afternoon teas and an annual Christmas party.