Adult education in Brentford
Capel Manor College at Gunnersbury Park – 020 8993 6266. Popes Lane, Acton, London W3 8LQ. Courses include horticulture, floristry, balloon artistry, garden design, sports turf, plants & planting, organic & holistic studios, RHS General Certificate.
Age UK Hounslow. – 020 8560 6969. Southville Community Centre, Southville Road, Feltham TW14 8AP
Age UK offers a host of services promoting good health and wellbeing for older people in the London Borough of Hounslow. It operates a charity shop at 18 Albany Parade, High Street, Brentford, TW8 0JW.
Brentford Chamber of Commerce – 020 8568 8925
The Brentford Chamber of Commerce represents Brentford businesses, offering networking with local businesses and other members of the community, facilities to promote local businesses, a collective voice representing business in Brentford, and much more.
Running since 1989, this independent community forum reviews planning applications and provides an apolitical voice for Brentford. (Unable to verify website, March 2020)
Founded in 2005 and held in Blondin Park, the Brentford Festival has become one of the major community events in West London. It features stalls by local associations and businesses, food, entertainment, children’s activities, and much more. It is normally held the first Sunday in September.
The charity was established in 2006 to make Brentford High Street into a place people want to visit – again and again. The volunteer team have done numerous projects from markets to community art and car parking improvements to make the high street a better place NOW – rather than waiting for the long delayed High Street regeneration scheme. The Steering Group is open to all. (Unable to verify, March 2020)
Brentford Library – 020 8583 5550. Boston Manor Road, Brentford TW8 8DW
A bequest by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to the residents of Brentford in 1904, the library has a good computer database and access to the national loan system, plus a great children’s section. Use it or lose it!
Transition Brentford is a group of volunteers working on and supporting local initiatives for a more sustainable way of life. It covers food, recycling, transport, energy, communication and local economics/money.
Hounslow Chamber – 020 8326 6416. London Borough of Hounslow, Chamber of Commerce Ltd, Spring Grove House, West Thames College, London Road, Isleworth TW7 4HS
The Chamber helps business grow by providing networking, marketing and business opportunities for the 18,000 businesses in Hounslow
Pyramid Centre, Brentford Library – 020 8560 3093. Boston Manor Road Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8DW
The Pyramid Centre upstairs at Brentford Library is service for Hounslow’s African Caribbean community. It operates a lunch club for senior citizens, runs educational projects for young people and adults, and acts as a support and information service.
Health Information Library, West Middlesex Hospital: For a list of older people’s support groups, voluntary organisations and charities in West London and Hounslow, click here.
BRAG TIP: Join a local group – your time is worth more than your money when it comes to making a difference in the community.