Works4U History

Although founded in 2009, Works4U has a history stretching back to 1993 when the Hammersmith & Fulham Employer Supported Volunteering Group (originally set up by Business in the Community) was formally handed over to the Hammersmith Volunteer Development Agency (now Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre) in 1996.

From 1996 it was run by two volunteers (Isobel Macdonald and Tony Richins) who co-ordinated the Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) Group. They organised breakfast meetings, hosted by local companies, to help businesses connect with the needs of the community as well as facilitating team volunteering events ‘Challenges’ and encouraging businesses to ‘recycle their unwanted equipment to those who DO want it.’

By 1999 members of the ESV Group included Barclay’s Bank, Bechtel, Citibank, Coca Cola, EDS, Fulham Football Club, General Electric (GE), Harper Collins, Marks & Spencer, Natwest, PPS Assignments, Reed Employment Services, Richard Rogers Partnership, Tioxide, Travel Inn, United International Pictures, Walt Disney Corporation. That year the group reported that over £50,000 worth of time, effort and materials had been given by these companies to local agencies, including office and IT equipment and stationary.

The Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre further developed its work with businesses in the 21st Century to the extent that it became an entity in its own right and was set up as a social enterprise to be a self-sustaining not for profit company. It has a clear social mission to help businesses work in the community through volunteering related activities and is still very much carrying on the objectives of the original ESV Group and has expanded further the ways businesses and its employees can support the community for the benefit of local people, the business and the business volunteer.  

The Volunteering Professionals
Part of the HFVC Group
148 King Street,
Hammersmith. W6 0QU


Phone: 020 8741 9876
Fax: 020 8741 3344
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