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Our Mission Statement

"Connecting and empowering the West End Community"

We have four strategic goals : -

Enhance community cohesion across all generations and cultures in the West End

Residents of the West End are healthier and happier

Every resident eats better for less and knows their entitlements

Raise enough funds to ensure we are able to achieve our objectives

Latest Financial Information

The West End Community Trust Accounts to 31 March 2015

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The West End Community Trust Accounts to 31 March 2014

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The West End Community Trust Accounts to 31 March 2013

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The West End Community Trust Accounts 31st March 2012

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The West End Community Trust Accounts to 31st March 2011

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The Soho Caring Agencies Forum was formed at the start of the new millennium in 2001. Local community leaders, including Rev. Claire Herbert, the rector of St Anne’s Church, Soho, and Chris Best, chief executive of the Soho Housing Association, felt that there was a need for a network of those involved in the neighbourhood to get together from time to time. This would enable them to share ideas, talk over problems and work together to improve the lives of people living and working in Soho. Meetings were initially held every two months.

Neil Drinkwater joined as part-time administrator of the forum in 2006, but, two years later, the chair of the forum had to retire due to ill health, which left Neil running the forum. By this time, overall membership had increased to around 60.

It was around that time that the West End Time Bank was formed and Neil became project manager, assisted by a part-time Time Broker.

He and the scheme’s members identified a need for an entity to be formed to direct and manage projects, and, consequently, The West End Community Trust was incorporated and registered as a UK charity in 2010.

The four trustees were chosen for their experience in combining successful careers in commercial enterprise with work for charitable causes


Cindy Hacker

has worked in the music, production and corporate hospitality sectors for over 30 years. She organised the first Soho Jazz Festival, booked artistes for Ronnie Scott's Club (through the BPR agency) and Pizza on the Park, staged the 2002 Soho Festival and three Capital Radio/Coca-Cola Music Festivals. She has organised many charity events as well as three Mayfair Garden Parties and ten Soho Balls and has produced seven CDs and two daughters.

Ian Freeman

has worked in the entertainment and leisure industries since 1969 and has been a theatrical agent, advertising executive and corporate relations practitioner. He has held senior positions at Paramount Pictures (UK), EMI and First Leisure Corporation and is an accomplished journalist and leisure industry consultant. Ian is an executive committee member of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund and a trustee and director of the Arts & Entertainment Charitable Trust.

Fiona Rhys-Jenkins Bailey

Kenneth White

James Doeser

  • retired from the board 18th February 2016

is a freelance researcher and consultant. He works with a range of organisations to help them make the best use of research and data, to improve what they do, make them more sustainable and demonstrate the impact of their work. Until 2013 James was a member of the Arts Council’s research team. He has a background in archaeology and previously worked at the Council for British Archaeology where he worked on a range of public engagement activities

Joe Chambers

  • retired from the board 18th February 2016

has worked in affordable housing for 20 years, including seven at executive level. During his career he has worked for local authorities, housing associations and within the private sector. Currently chief executive of the Soho Housing Association, Joe is a firm believer in applying robust business principles to charities and voluntary organisations to ensure maximum accountability and success in the community.

"Working to make people's lives better"

The Trust works in three main areas to improve the lives of people living in Soho and the West End. These are:

Community Events
West End Time Bank
Soho Caring Agencies Forum


Neil Drinkwater - project manager

07768 907525 neil at westendtimebank.org.uk

Viola Etienne - Time Broker

07502 106713 viola at westendtimebank.org.uk

Franco Scintu - Time Bank Ambassador

07502 106713

The West End Community Trust

is a company limited by guarantee number 7175202 and has charitable status - registered charity number 1138467