About us

Ham United Group (HUG) is a non-political community interest company aiming to improve the environment and quality of life for the people and our community in Ham and Petersham. 

What we do 

HUG works as an umbrella organisation for projects and groups that support our aims. We are proud to assist several amazing initiatives with publicity, insurance, administration and accessing funding. 

We encourage and bring together projects that are working for a sustainable future through building our community and empowering people as well as caring for wildlife, nature and our environment

At present, we support several successful groups and projects, namely

  • Ham library garden
  • Good Gardens for Everyone
  • Grey Court allotments
  • Friends of Ham Lands
  • Richmond MakerLabs
  • Ham meditation group

 

If you have an idea for a project that fits with our vision, please get in touch with us. We can

  • Promote and publicise the project to members and more generally through our website and other media 
  • Offer the facility of HUG’s bank account to hold any grants that may be awarded to the project 
  • Guide you through the process of risk assessment 
  • Offer public liability insurance as appropriate and in keeping with the terms of our policy.
     

Who we are

HUG is entirely run by volunteers. Our chair is Daija Angeli.

Our work is guided by a board of directors consisting of:


Ian Bowden
Patrick Courtney (Treasurer)
Emma Dowsett
Helen Erhardt
Penny Frost
Sharon Mehta
Dharbi Modi (Company Secretary)
Chris Ruse
Chas Warlow

We have vacancies for additional directors. We are particularly looking for young people (16 and over), and people from diverse backgrounds. Please email us at info@hamunitedgroup.org.uk if you are interested in joining our board. 

 

Support our work

If you like to support us, please consider becoming a member.  Membership is free and open to anyone keen to support our work. You just need to fill out the membership form and send it to info(at)hamunitedgroup.org.uk. If you are interested in what we do, please subscribe to our newsletter, attend our meetings or email us at info(at)hamunitedgroup.org.uk.  

You can also support our work by making a donation. We are currently using Eventbrite to collect donations. CLICK HERE TO DONATE. Select Ticket and enter the amount you wish to donate. Thank you very much for your generosity.

Our history

HUG was founded in 2006 by a group of people passionate about their local community and the environment. 

Our first project was the Ashburnham Road Community Mosaic.


Completing the mosaic took over a year working with 600 adult volunteers and nearly 300 school children from the local library, primary and secondary schools, youth clubs and day centres. Made on mesh and then concreted directly to the wall the mosaic was based on the flora and fauna of the local area with each section being designed by the volunteers.  

Our next project was the library garden. Volunteers transformed the neglected space around Ham Library into an award winning bird, bee and butterfly garden.

 

Watch this video to learn more on how it all started ..... 

 

Policies

Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure (pdf)

Child protection and safeguarding policy (pdf)