A joint fund has been created from public donations being received through the Harrow Coronavirus Community Fund and Harrow Council.
We currently have the following funding themes:
– Emergency response to the crisis
– Information, Advice and Befriending
– Bereavement Care
The following is a summary of grants that have been awarded and will be updated weekly. Grants in italics have been added in the last week.
Last Updated: 22/05/2020
Emergency response to the crisis
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,
- suicidal ideations,
- 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
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
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.