A joint fund has been created from public donations being received through the Harrow Coronavirus Community Fund and Harrow Council.
The following is a summary of grants that have been awarded. Grants in italics have been added most recently.
Last Updated: 25/09/20
Emergency response to the crisis
Homestart Barnet and Harrow
Homestart Barnet and Harrow will source and deliver educational toys and resources to many of the vulnerable families in Harrow.
Harrow Foodbank will provide food parcels to individuals experiencing financial hardship.
Harrow Central Mosque
Harrow Central Mosque is running Helping Hands support service to help meet the critical and urgent needs of the most vulnerable and needy people within the borough and the funding will be used to continue providing food shopping and medicine collection service for a large number of people across Harrow. We are providing hot cooked meals to those registered highly vulnerable and providing emergency food parcels and in some instances providing an emergency top-up on utilities.
Romanian Culture Charity Together
Romanian Culture Charity Together (RCCT) are running a food bank in Edgware. The aim is to create a pathway to services for the East European communities, through the food bank.
Herts Inclusive Theatre
Herts Inclusive Theatre (HIT) are offering online activities for adults with learning disabilities. This includes; drama and arts, and a session that focuses on yoga, movement and mindfulness.
Synergy Theatre Project
Synergy Theatre Project will be running creative Spoken Word projects for young people in Harrow who are at risk of offending. They’ll explore issues of online safety and the parallels between
imprisonment and lockdown, all delivered via online mediums and facilitated by professional artists and supported by ex-prisoners.
Kids Can Achieve
Kids Can Achieve we support children and young people with learning disabilities and their families. They are providing support for vulnerable children and families who rely on their vital support.
Need to Talk
Need to Talk are providing low cost and free counselling services to very vulnerable groups in Harrow and will include; mental health issues, loneliness/isolation; suicidal ideations, anger, loss and bereavement, Different forms of abuse or trauma/ PTSD
My Yard is providing food and essential supplies to families living on the Grange Estate and the surrounding areas. They are co-ordinating generous offers from local businesses and other charity partners using a team of volunteers and bringing communities together to support each other.
Harrow Carers are helping to deliver food, medicine and practical help to people in Harrow who are self isolating and isolated due to their caring roles. They are working with over 500 carers and have mobilised a team of volunteers.
Help Harrow Partnership
Funding has been used to set up a borough wide response to the food crisis many residents are facing. Funding has gone towards:
– creating https://helpharrow.org/ a central place where residents can request food as well as advice from our voluntary sector partners
– a mobile fridge and insulated food boxes
– additional food using the Harrow School suppliers portal to reduce costs. In addition Harrow School are donating £1,000 of food and supplies each week to our local community hubs.
Roxeth Community Church
Roxeth Community Church is one of the hubs providing volunteers to receive, sort and deliver food packages. Funding provided to ensure their volunteers have access to PPE, cleaning and packing materials as well as being able to supplement the food parcels.
Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre
Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre is another of the hubs providing volunteers to receive, sort and deliver food packages. Funding provided to ensure their volunteers have access to PPE, cleaning and packing materials as well as being able to supplement the food parcels.
Harrow Community Transport
Harrow Community Transport have provided a vital service of collecting large quantities of food from supplies and taking this to our hubs for distribution. They are also delivering over 84 food packages to residents in need per day and are expecting this to increase. The funding covers their costs to provide this essential service.
St. Lukes Hospice
Funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Hospice front line staff including masks, gloves, aprons, sanitizer.
Khoja Shia Ithnaansheri Muslim Community of London
A joint initiative from 4 Harrow Islamic Centres; Khoja Shia Ithnaansheri Muslim Community of London, Harrow Central Mosque, Srilankan Muslim Cultrul centre and Shia Ithna’ashri Communty Of Middlesex to purchase 150 Oximeters, distributed using a volunteer network, collection and sterilization. This is in addition to the 100 that had already been fundraised for.
The Oximeters will enable Harrow residents to measure their oxygen level and provide this information to a GP or 111.
Information, Advice and Befriending Fund
Harrow Central Mosque
Harrow Mosque have developed a telephone befriending service ensuring those who are most impacted by the lockdown are able to get support through personal human interaction to ensure mental and emotional well-being.
The Disability Foundation
The Disability Foundation is developing a Wellbeing Hub which will deliver its services in a new capacity. This will include Therapists to deliver remote and distant therapies such as reiki and cranio-sacral therapy, meditation and face down therapies such as reflexology and aromatherapy.
Harrow Association of Somali Voluntary Services
Harrow Association of Somali Voluntary Services (HASVO) will engage and support young people and their
families and vulnerable adults. They will map out the needs and try to signpost to available services and sources of additional support where appropriate, while also providing an ongoing point of contact and support to those requiring ongoing support.
Homestart Barnet & Harrow
Homestart Barnet & Harrow will support families with young children who have experienced a significant decline in their health and social wellbeing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules.
Through the use of befriending volunteers, they will provide remote telephone and online support to families in order to reduce their levels of stress and anxiety, as well as try to alleviate material hardship they may be experiencing.
The Afghan Association of London (Harrow)
The Afghan Association of London (Harrow) will provide a comprehensive advice, information and befriending services
to the Afghan community on a wide range of issues in response to the Coronavirus epidemic crisis.
Capable Communities will make weekly telephone and/or Zoom contact check and befriending meetings for lonely, depressed and isolated clients, who have been referred by social services and are either suffering from loneliness and depression and prevented from going out or contacting others because they
have been asked (or are choosing) to self isolate in response to the Coronovirus situation.
Harrow Carers are proactively contacting vulnerable and isolated carers and their families in Harrow to check on their wellbeing and offer them advice, information and practical support, respond to requests for help and provide electronic information. They are assisting carers with emergency
support plans and emergency Carers Emergency Support Service cards to help them plan and access the support they need.
Harrow Association of Disabled People
Harrow Association of Disabled People will be providing a free Welfare Benefits service.
Mind in Harrow
Mind in Harrow will offer a Covid-19 befriending service called
‘Side by Side’ and will offer support specifically adapted to vulnerable residents whose mental health is being negatively impacted by prolonged isolation and have no other support networks – for example experiencing increased anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive behaviours, unhealthy coping strategies, relationship stresses.
St. Lukes Hospice
St. Lukes Hospice will provide information, advice and befriending information to the most vulnerable members of our community. This will include end of life patients and their carers in Harrow and patients in the Borough (regardless of their illness) who have been discharged from hospitals with Covid 19.
Harrow Law Centre
Harrow Law Centre will provide legal advice and representation to those affected by COVID-19 crisis. Despite the Government announcement on a ban of evictions. The Law Centre is still receiving calls from people who are being threatened with eviction. Equally the problems of the benefit system have increased both because of its general inadequacy but also the increased demand.
The WISH Centre
WISH are continuing to provide support for young people in Harrow who self harm, feel suicidal or depressed, and may be living with domestic or sexual exploitation.
Right now, many young people in Harrow with mental health issues or who experience domestic violence or child sexual exploitation (CSE) are particularly at risk from struggling with social isolation as a result of Coronavirus.
Hope will deliver One to One Parent mentoring to families in crisis and or where vulnerable children reside. This will be delivered on the telephone, via Face-Time, or Skype depending on the mentors and parent’s preference.
EACH Counselling Service
EACH Counselling Service are providing bereavement counselling and emotional support service for both individuals and families delivered in community languages.
DAWN Charitable Trust
DAWN will be providing a bereavement counselling service available in a number of community languages. The beneficiaries will mainly be people from economically marginalised, hard to reach women’s groups unable to pay for counselling.
Harrow Central Mosque
Harrow Central Mosque is providing bereavement support to the community. https://harrowmosque.org.uk/
Edward Harvist Trust
Alridha Foundation will purchase of 4 laptops so we can deliver our services differently to students that attend the
AQ Arts CIC
AQ Arts CIC will purchase a new laptop to continue our current
projects including; online dance, music, poetry, fitness and wellness classes via zoom. As well as running youth and mentoring projects online.
Arts for Life
Arts for Life will purchase laptops that will enable project staff to go out into the community and support our vulnerable and in need project users within the location of their home and will enable the project team to run virtual group sessions.
EKTA of Harrow
EKTA of Harrow will purchase foldable chairs and PPE to enable small groups of members to meet regularly in local parks whilst ensuring they meet government guidance on social distancing.
Every Person is Capable
Every Person is Capable will purchase a Laptop, PA system, 2 Turntables and 1 mixer. EPIC Expression will be running weekly workshops with young people on developing their skills on how to DJ, Breakdance and Rap. https://www.everypersoniscapable.com/
HAD will use the funding to pay for the materials/items needed to make Red Brick Café safe for re-opening.
Kids Can Achieve
Kids Can Achieve will purchase 2 laptops for our Family Support Workers to continue to work throughout the COVID-19 crisis supporting families in need in Harrow.
RCCG House of Joy for All Nations
RCCG House of Joy for All Nations will purchase a sensory room to create a high level of comfort and ease for children with autism to enhance their productivity and their ability to engage effectively with their environment whilst maintaining social distancing.
Somali Cultural & Education Association
Somali Cultural & Education Association have been funded to buy laptops to enable their volunteers to provide online lessons and to loan to young people without access.
North Harrow Community Library
North Harrow Community Library has received funding to purchase PPE, cleaning products and shields to enable them to reopen safely.
Harrow Association of Somali Voluntary Organisations
Harrow Association of Somali Voluntary Organisations (HASVO) have received funding to buy laptops for use by volunteers and staff to be able to provide remote information, advice and befriending services.
Harrow MS Therapy Centre
Harrow MS Therapy Centre has been awarded funding for PPE, sanitising spray, additional sink and a washing machine to enable them to reopen.
Greater London Youth Foundation
Greater London Youth Foundation have been funded to access Zoom so enable them to run their debating club for young people remotely.
South Harrow Christian Fellowship
South Harrow Christian Fellowship have received funding to buy additional equipment for their youth group.
Bereavement Care have received funding to buy IT equipment and a Zoom subscription to train additional bereavement counsellors.
The WISH Centre
The WISH Centre has been granted funding for IT equipment to support disadvantaged young people in Harrow who are experiencing mental distress. They have successfully adapted our response to provide a range of digital services.
The 8th/19th Harrow Scouts
The 8th/19th Harrow Scouts have been provided with funding for IT equipment to ensure their volunteer leaders can continue to offer remote scouting activities to their members.
Harrow Law Centre
Harrow Law Centre have been provided with funding for IT equipment to enable them to continue to provide advice and representation to Harrow residents in welfare benefits, immigration, housing, public law, education and to victims of
crime. In response to COVID-19 we are providing a largely remote service with staff operating from home other than for essential face to face services.
Harrow Carers have been provided with funding to purchase IT equipment to help the people of Harrow by enabling staff to work better from home to provide services, support and advice
to carers who are disadvantaged inhabitants of the London Borough of Harrow.