Quaggy Development Trust is a registered charity (No. 1109711) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (No. 04749158). It is governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Trust and ensuring that the charitable objectives of the organisation are fulfilled to the benefit of the people on the Coldbath & Orchard and Heathside & Lethbridge Estates and surrounding areas.
Visit our 2021/22 Annual Review page to see how we have been working with our families.
I have lived in the local area for 10 years and have been an active user of QDT services throughout that time. I was introduced to QDT when I gave birth to my first child via the health visitor services run on site, excellent breast-feeding clinic and various baby classes. Both my children have attended the nursery and my whole family enjoy taking part in the many events they run. What I love most about QDT is its sense of community. The staff make everyone who walks through its doors feel welcome and brings people from all walks of life together through the many social activities organised. My background was working in the financial services industry, but I stepped away from this and have been raising children and have been involved in various projects since then.
I was a local resident for over 30 years, but although I have recently moved out of the area, I still retain strong links and commitment to the Quaggy community. My 3 children all attended Morden Mount Primary School. I was originally a board member of the Orchard Community Project which was an initiative of St. John’s Church with Holy Trinity. After many years of struggling for funding we began to grow in size and reputation and the decision was made to apply for trust and charitable status. OCP was renamed Quaggy Development Trust and I was elected Chair of Trustees. It has been wonderful to have been part of this community project for so many years and to have seen the birth of the Children’s Centre, nurseries, the many initiatives, as well as the work undertaken to improve community life on the estates and in Greenwich West.
I became involved in QDT through my kids – all three of whom have been looked after at the brilliant nursery. As I found out more about the range of amazing work QDT delivers to the local community, I was inspired to try to become more involved and eventually became a trustee. I run a film production company – Inside Job Productions – a social enterprise working with clients across the voluntary and public sectors. We do a lot of work with young people and in the criminal justice sector (and sometimes both!) and run a training scheme for serving prisoners.
I am Chair of the Wash House Youth Project, a registered charity which manages the Wash House Youth Club. Prior to taking on the role of Chair I was Treasurer for six years. We work in close partnership with other service providers on both the Parkside and Orchard & Coldbath estates. I became a trustee of QDT to help strengthen the links between our two organisations. We worked to enhance the scope of youth provision in and around the estates, through appointing a full-time youth development worker through to 2019 and are now in partnership with the Charlton Athletic Community Trust and Peabody Housing. I have lived locally for the last 23 years and attend the Church of the Ascension Blackheath, which has a long-standing involvement in outreach work on the estates.
Beatrice- Mihaela Panduru
I am a local resident and eager to support the community in Greenwich and Lewisham. I have been working for the last 5 years for a charity in West London which supports families in housing need. Through my work I gained a lot of experience of designing and organising services for children and young people, as well as their parents and their extended family. When I came across the opportunity of joining Quaggy’s board, it made perfect sense to me that I should get involved and help as much as I can.