About us PDT and what we do PDT - what we do Paddington Development Trust 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. Volunteers Local volunteers are involved in a wide range of activities from elected representation on neighbourhood forums through to helping plan and deliver community festivals. 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. In 2013 local Queens Park residents, assisted by PDT, formed their own independent Community (Parish) Council, the first in London for 50 years. We provide progressive opportunities extending from parents and children projects, structured volunteering and training with our Community Health and Maternity Champions through to employment skills training, local job club, and specialist advice and guidance in getting a job and qualifications. We work with local people who want to set up their own business and run monthly seminars on business planning. Employment and Training Our Employment and Training teams now work with other community-based organisations across London who directly help people furthest from the work-place build capacity to become economically and socially engaged. Built environment Over the years we have been instrumental in raising investment into the built environment and have been involved in the construction of two iconic creative business centres, the Westminster Academy, Stowe Centre, Beethoven Centre, smaller community buildings and high street regeneration. Our most recent project is the £7.3m refurbishment of St Mary Magdalene Church and the construction the Paddington Living Heritage Centre adjacent to the church.