“What really struck me, listening to residents’ stories, is that they’ve used simple common sense to improve their areas, things that were not big projects.” – Nick Hurd MP, after a visit to PDT in Church Street.
PDT was formed in 1998 by local residents who remain at the heart of everything we do. A significant number of PDT staff were born or continue to live in the local area and our Board of Trustees is made up of people who live and work in Paddington.
Local volunteers are involved in a wide range of activities from elected representation on neighbourhood forums through to helping plan and deliver community festivals and running a Community (Parish) Council, the first in London for 50 years. Our work is informed by local people telling us what matters most to them and all our projects enable local people to lead and be involved in the quality of their area and lives.
PDT manages the Stowe Centre, a youth enterprise and community centre on the Harrow Road. The Stowe Centre provides a venue for a wide range of community and resident activities including health and fitness, meetings and conferences and is available to hire to local organisations and residents for parties and special events.
For more information about hiring space at the Stowe Centre call Judith Mitchell on 020 7266 8258 or her.
“The Trust’s activities enjoy great success due to the commitment, enthusiasm and patience of their remarkable staff. I am truly humbled by their energy and determination. Above all, PDT have reached out to all members of this community, many and varied as we are, and encouraged us to work together, think laterally, take initiative with our urban surroundings, introduced us to employees of the local authority, with the result that there is now an enthusiastic determination to bring about achievable, low-cost or no-cost improvements to our locale and the community as a whole…The Trust’s greatest achievement is mobilizing a large number of local people willing and able to commit their time and skills to local projects. PDT has become a galvanising force within Westminster.” Julia Harrison, W10 resident