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In 1997 a group of local citizens gathered together and resolved to reverse years of decline and socio-economic neglect of four wards in the Paddington area, all sitting on the northern borders of the City of Westminster, one of the wealthiest areas in the world. In 1998 we formed Paddington Development Trust and since then, through a series of community-based innovations and partnerships, we have raised over £70,000,000 invested in people, local infrastructure, children and families. We have adopted an enduring commitment to local power and governance through Neighbourhood Forums, and facilitated the formation of Queens Park Community Council, the first ward-based Civic Council in London with Parish powers.

Over the years we have worked alongside thousands of local people opening up opportunities in employment, skills and qualifications, business start-up, volunteering, and influencing the shape of local education and community infrastructure. Most recently we have opened up the restored and amazing Grand Junction @ Saint Mary Magdalene, London’s newest cultural venue and community arts centre in the heart of Paddington.

Despite the devastating impacts of Covid19 and the years of austerity suffered by local communities all over the country, PDT has maintained a continuity of intent and belief in community-based solutions that directly address inequality and poverty and now embraces the Sustainable Development Goals, the Declared Climate Emergency and Social Justice for communities locally, and all over the world.

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