Westminster Community Contribution

Westminster is a great place to live with many opportunities, but there are huge challenges too. Some residents in high value properties have asked us how they can contribute more to community projects in Westminster. In response, we have launched the voluntary Westminster Community Contribution Scheme.

So we are inviting Council Tax payers in Band H to make a voluntary contribution to the City of Westminster Charitable Trust. Money raised from this initiative will be put towards more help for the homeless; more services for young people; and the reduction of loneliness among the elderly and children.

Some people have asked why we haven’t just raised council tax. National legislation dictates that if a local authority plans to raise council tax it has to be across all Bands, which means everyone would have to pay more and we believe it is our duty to protect those on the lowest incomes. If we raised council tax, those on the lowest incomes would be disproportionately affected.  We have kept Band D the lowest in the country for the past five years, protecting those on low incomes. 

Find out how you can make a difference to young people, rough sleepers and isolated lonely people

Contribute now

#MyWestminster Day will be held on 1 July 2018 at Paddington Recreation Ground. Register your interest in attending as a visitor or exhibitor.

As part of the #MyWestminster programme, we are investing in community and voluntary groups across Westminster. 

We want to strengthen community identity by supporting projects which matter to residents. 

To find out more about the #MyWestminster programme from Westminster’s leader Councillor Nickie Aiken, you can read her speech

#MyWestminster fund

We are providing up to £10,000 per organisation to support projects which will improve Westminster.

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, resident, faith and community groups within Westminster. This includes schools and other establishments which care for Westminster residents (such as residential care homes). 

The focus of the fund is to: 

  • celebrate our neighbourhoods 
  • promote community cohesion across the city 
  • support people to make the best of their lives in the heart of London 

Read this before you apply.

Bidding for the June to August round of funding is now open.

Apply for funding

#MyWestminster City Lions

#MyWestminster City Lions is a new club to help 13 to 16-year-olds make the most of the opportunities that come with living in the heart of the city.

By joining #MyWestminster City Lions, young people will:

  • boost their CV with work experience at some of the city’s most prominent organisations
  • gain access to volunteering roles to help them with their career choice including high profile events
  • explore different career paths through taster sessions and inspirational workshops with local young entrepreneurs
  • ​receive exclusive access to arts and cultural venues and events such as the theatre and exhibitions at museums and galleries
  • meet other young people from across the city

Register now

#MyWestminster projects

The #MyWestminster projects will tackle issues relevant to communities in Westminster.

Housing standards task force

Our team of officers are tackling unlawful letting. This is so we can prosecute landlords breaking the 90 night limit on short-term letting. Our team will also tackle rogue landlords and support a new Considerate Landlords Charter. Read more.

Advice and support service 

Westminster City Council has created an advice service for the 30,000 EU nationals living in Westminster. This can be found on the Citizens Advice Westminster website. 

Read more

Integrated street unit

Similar to our successful integrated gangs unit, we are working with our partners to support homeless people. We want to tackle anti-social behaviour issues, such as drug abuse.

#MyWestminster Day

Take pride in living in living in the heart of the city at the second annual #MyWestminster Day.

#MyWestminster Day will be held on Sunday 1 July from 11am to 3pm, at Paddington Recreation Ground, Randolph Avenue, Maida Vale, W9 1PF.

Join Councillor Nickie Aiken, Leader of the Council for a fun day of free family activities, sport, live music, entertainment, dancing and arts and crafts. You can also sample food from across the world in the #MyWestminster food tent, hosted by Maida Hill Place, and enjoy live music from the Pad Rec bandstand.

Let us know if you're planning to come along, and we'll keep you up-to-date as activities and performers are confirmed.

You can see the activites on offer here

Register your interest

What's on?

Bandstand performances Time
Ebony Steel Band 11am
Paddington Arts flag procession 11.45am
Pena Flamenca des Londres: Flamenco con Gusto 12.55pm
Church St Line Dancers 12.35pm
South Westminster Choir 12.45pm
Bollywood dance, Step Change Studios 1.10pm
Emile Bani, Child of Chief                                       1.25pm
Chinese Lion and Dragon Dancing, LCCA            2.10pm
Cllr Nickie Aiken, Leader of the Council and Cllr David Harvey, Deputy Leader 2.25pm
West End Kids Also performing at West End LIVE on 16/17 June                                                    2.35pm

Children must be supervised by parents or guardians at all times.

Sports zone

Join Marylebone Cricket Club to try your hand at cricket plus take part in beat the goalie, fencing and mini-athletics with QPG Community & Sports Hub and Protouch SA.

Everyone Active will be offering basketball challenge, mini athletics and short tennis throughout the day.

Activity zone

Get involved with these family activities.

  • zorb arena
  • bungee run and trampolines
  • soft play
  • circus skills
  • giant games
  • face painting
  • dance workshops and performances 

Free food

Sample food from across the world in the Maida Hill Place food tent, from local food start ups and market traders from North Westminster who will be serving:

  • jerk chicken
  • sweet potato and fennel rocket salad
  • yellow spiced Daal
  • noodles
  • fruit salad

Free food is subject to availability.

Food concessions will also be available including Circus Bros Spanish food, Greek2Go, Heavenly Crepes, Zoya's Arabic Food and Laila's Creole Cuisine.

Community area

Find out more about the community and council services available to you in our exhibitor zone, where 40 organisations from across Westminster will host free activities throughout the day:

  • Indian head massage
  • Yoga, Tai Chi and kick boxing
  • Giant jenga, snakes and ladders and twister
  • Free bike MOTs with Dr Bike
  • Dog microchipping and animal welfare advice
  • arts and crafts (ceramic painting, t-shirt printing, collage and jewellery making)
  • planting
  • mini health checks and dental health advice
  • design a football kit
  • recycling advice and the chance to buy recycled bags made by Church Street residents
  • messy play and bubbles for young children
  • gym sessions for youngsters with event sponsors, Streathers Solicitors
  • fire safety advice from London Fire Brigade
  • CityWest Homes

Dance floor

Head to the dance floor for a packed schedule of workshops and activities for all ages throughout the day.

Zumba for Kids, QPG Community & Sports Hub 11am
Tai Chi, Open Age 11.20am
Dance workshop, QPG Community & Sports Hub 11.40am
SOCA aerobics, Penfold Community Hub 12 midday
Street dance workshop, Step Change Studios 12.25pm
SOCA aerobics, Penfold Community Hub 12.45pm
Latin Grooves, Open Age 1.05pm
Bollywood Dance Workshop, Step Change Studios 1.35pm
African Dance, Gbemi Isimi and CityWest Homes 1.55pm
Latin Dance Workshop, Step Change Studios 2.35pm

Exhibitors and performers

Exhibitor and food concession spaces are fully booked for this year. To register your interest for 2019, please email rsvp@westminster.gov.uk.uk.

Thank you to our sponsors Streathers Solicitors

Last updated: 20 June 2018