Details of projects we’ve funded

Details of projects we’ve funded

Every year, we support charities and projects across the London Borough of Harrow.

Read our case studies

Emergency Response to COVID-19 Fund

A joint fund created from public donations through the Harrow Coronavirus Community Fund and Harrow Council.

Harrow Carers help 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. View more here.

Harrow Central Mosque runs Helping Hands support service to help meet the critical and urgent needs of the most vulnerable and needy people within the Borough. The funding will help continue providing food shopping and medicine collection service for many people across Harrow. We are providing hot cooked meals to those registered highly vulnerable and delivering emergency food parcels, and, in some instances providing an emergency top-up on utilities. View more here.

Harrow Community Transport has 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. Find out more here.

Harrow Foodbank will provide food parcels to individuals experiencing financial hardship. Visit their website here.

Funding has set up a borough-wide response to the food crisis many residents are facing. Funding has gone towards:

– creating Help Harrow 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. Also, Harrow School are donating £1,000 of food and supplies each week to our local community hubs.

Herts Inclusive Theatre (HIT) offers online activities for adults with learning disabilities, including; drama and arts, and a session that focuses on yoga, movement and mindfulness. View more here.

Homestart Barnet and Harrow will source and deliver educational toys and resources to many vulnerable families in Harrow. Visit their website here.

A joint initiative from four Harrow Islamic Centres; Khoja Shia Ithnaansheri Muslim Community of London, Harrow Central Mosque, Srilankan Muslim Cultural centre and Shia Ithna’ashri Community Of Middlesex. They purchase 150 Oximeters, distributed using a volunteer network, collection and sterilisation; 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. Find out more here.

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. Visit our website here.

My Yard provides 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. Visit their website here.

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. Find out more here.

Romanian Culture Charity Together (RCCT) is running a food bank in Edgware. The aim is to create a pathway to services for the East European communities through the food bank. View more here.

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, and supplementing the food parcels. Find out more here.

Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre is another hub for providing volunteers to receive, sort and deliver food packages. Funding provided to ensure their volunteers have access to PPE, cleaning and packing materials, and supplementing the food parcels. Visit their website here.

Funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Hospice front line staff, including masks, gloves, aprons, sanitiser. Find out more here.

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. Visit their website here.

Information, Advice & Befriending Fund

A joint fund created from public donations through the Harrow Coronavirus Community Fund and Harrow Council.

Capable Communities will make weekly telephone and/or Zoom contact check and befriending meetings for lonely, depressed and isolated clients referred by social services. Who are suffering from loneliness, depression and prevented from going out or contacting others because they have (or are choosing) to self isolate in response to the Coronavirus situation. Find out more here.

Harrow Association of Disabled People will be providing a free Welfare Benefits service. Visit their website here.

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. Find out more here.

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 assist carers with emergency support plans and emergency Carers Emergency Support Service cards to help them plan and access the support they need. Find out more here.

Harrow Mosque has developed a telephone befriending service ensuring those most impacted by the lockdown can get support through personal human interaction to provide mental and emotional wellbeing. Visit their website here.

Harrow Law Centre will provide legal advice and representation to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Despite the Government announcement of a ban on evictions. The Law Centre is still receiving calls from people who are threatened with eviction. Equally, the benefits system’s problems have increased because of its general inadequacy and the increased demand. Find out more here.

Homestart Barnet & Harrow will support families with young children who have experienced a significant decline in their health and social wellbeing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules.

By using befriending volunteers, they will provide remote telephone and online support to families to reduce their stress and anxiety levels and alleviate the material hardship they may be experiencing. Find out more here.

Hope will deliver One to One Parent mentoring to families in crisis and or where vulnerable children reside delivered on the telephone, via Face-Time, or Skype depending on the mentors and parent’s preference. Visit their website here.

Mind in Harrow will offer a Covid-19 befriending service called ‘Side by Side’ will provide support specifically adapted to vulnerable residents whose mental health is being negatively impacted by prolonged isolation and have no other support networks, such as increased anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, unhealthy coping strategies, and relationship stresses. Read more here.

St. Lukes Hospice will provide information, advice, and befriending information to our community’s most vulnerable members, 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. Visit their website here.

The Afghan Association of London (Harrow) will provide comprehensive advice, information and befriending services to the Afghan community on a wide range of issues related to the Coronavirus epidemic crisis. Find out more here.

The Disability Foundation is developing a Wellbeing Hub, which will deliver its services in a new capacity, including Therapists to provide remote and distant therapies such as reiki and craniosacral therapy, meditation and face down therapies such as reflexology and aromatherapy. Read more here.

WISH are continuing to support young people in Harrow who self-harm, feel suicidal or depressed, and maybe 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. Find out more here.

Bereavement Fund

A joint fund created from public donations through the Harrow Coronavirus Community Fund and Harrow Council.

DAWN will be providing a bereavement counselling service available in several community languages. The beneficiaries will mainly be economically marginalised, hard to reach women’s groups unable to pay for counselling. Visit their website here.

EACH Counselling Service provides bereavement counselling and emotional support service for both individuals and families delivered in community languages. View more here. 

Harrow Central Mosque is providing bereavement support to the community. Read more here.

Edward Harvist Trust Fund

Edward Harvist Trust provides relief & support for needy inhabitants of London borough of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Harrow and the city of Westminster

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. Find out more here. 

This will fund two laptops to help provide quality online Scouting during the Covid crisis. The laptops will allow leaders to run high quality Zoom Scout meetings as restrictions change with the crisis. The laptops will also see use at events and weekly meetings to help plan the programme and track attendance and badge work. http://www.13throxeth.org.uk/

Alridha Foundation will purchase four laptops to deliver our services differently to students who attend the supplementary school. Find out more here.

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. Find out more here.

Arts for Life will purchase laptops that will enable project staff to go out into the community, support our vulnerable and need project users within their home location, and allow them to run virtual group sessions. Find out more here.

Bereavement Care have received funding to buy IT equipment and a Zoom subscription to train additional bereavement counsellors. Visit their website here.

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 will purchase a Laptop, a PA system, 2 Turntables and one mixer. EPIC Expression will be running weekly workshops with young people on developing their skills on how to DJ, Breakdance and Rap. Visit their website here.

Greater London Youth Foundation has been funded to access Zoom to run their debating club for young people remotely. Read more here.

HAD will use the funding to pay for the materials/items needed to make Red Brick Café safe for reopening. Find out more here.

Harrow Association of Somali Voluntary Organisations (HASVO) has received funding to buy laptops for use by volunteers and staff to provide remote information, advice, and befriending services. View more here.

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. Visit their website here.

Harrow Cycle Hub will train women as cycle ride leaders, teach women to cycle and lead cycle rides around Harrow. https://www.harrowcyclehub.org/

Harrow Law Centre has been provided with funding for IT equipment to continue providing advice and representation to Harrow residents in welfare benefits, immigration, housing, public law, education, and victims of crime. In response to COVID-19, we provide a largely remote service with staff operating from home other than for essential face to face services. Read more here.

Harrow MS Therapy Centre has been awarded funding for PPE, sanitising spray, an additional sink and a washing machine to enable them to reopen. Find out more here.

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. Find out more here.

NIDA,  along with 8 other partnering organisations will continue to provide various support to the elderly, vulnerable as well as key workers. https://nidaservices.org.uk/

North Harrow Community Library has received funding to purchase PPE, cleaning products and shields to enable them to reopen safely. Read more here.

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 ability to engage effectively with their environment whilst maintaining social distancing. Read more here.

Somali Cultural & Education Association has been funded to buy laptops to enable their volunteers to provide online lessons and loan to young people without access.

South Harrow Christian Fellowship have received funding to buy additional equipment for their youth group. Find out more here.

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. Find out more here.

Covid 19 Emergency (Round 2) Fund

A joint fund created from public donations through the Harrow Coronavirus Community Fund and Harrow Council.

The grant will enable the charity to retain the current part time Advice Workers and a pool of 7 volunteers to deliver the following services: Advice, befriending and a covid wellbeing service.

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 Coronavirus situation.

The funding will be used to provide culturally sensitive counselling support to the community, particularly the socially disadvantaged, BAME groups unable to access support in the mainstream due to lack of provision for their culturally and linguistically specific needs.

The funding will be used to provide invaluable support, addressing the long-term impact, and education for women and young people who have experienced Domestic Abuse, through our therapeutic groups and individual therapeutic support.

The funding will be used to run twelve stand-up comedy training sessions called it Stand-up on Zoom (SOZ) for Young People. The programme will also include comedy acting, comedy writing and improvisation.

The grant will fund Zoom Chair based Pilates class aimed at less mobile, older Harrow adults. This project is for all in the local community. It will also offer women only mat based online Pilates Class aimed at Harrow women who may not be able to get out of the house and who perhaps wouldn’t be able to afford to attend a Pilates class.

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.

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 Foodbank will provide food parcels to individuals experiencing financial hardship.

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.

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.

The funding will help set up a Training Academy for the people in Harrow in January. London’s Community Kitchen will continue its work post pandemic as a Food Hub in Harrow receiving and redistributing food supplies to local residents and other areas of London using its service delivery to provide volunteering and work experience opportunities for those who request it but also striving to encompass a holistic approach of not only feeding those in poverty or ‘Just About Managing’; by assuaging a physical need, but also tackling mental wellbeing by improving social integration.

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.

My Yard is providing food and essential supplies to families living on the Grange Estate and the surrounding areas. They are coordinating generous offers from local businesses and other charity partners using a team of volunteers and bringing communities together to support each other.

Need To Talk provides a multilingual counselling service that specialises in supporting vulnerable individuals by offering free or low cost counselling. Services are designed considering the specific needs of the Harrow community. We recruit counsellors with the community languages where we have demand from residents, as such our team consists of counsellors who are often bilingual and are from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.

NIDA,  along with 8 other partnering organisations will continue to provide various support to the elderly, vulnerable as well as key workers.

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.

The funding will enable the centre to continue to provide a food service to those most in need in the community.

St Michaels and All Angels will continue their Chair Based Exercise class which was originally in the building, but has now been moved to Zoom.

This funding will fund one-to-one creative projects (6 sessions) with young people who are at risk of offending and 2 group projects with young people exploring county lines. The sessions will be delivered online by a lead artist, supported by an ex-prisoner facilitator who is able to engage the young people effectively and communicate with them about the mistakes they made that led them to prison and other pressures that they have experienced.

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.

National Lottery Communities Fund

Harrow Giving was one of the expertly-placed funding programmes in London The National Lottery Community Fund worked alongside to ensure National Lottery funding was delivered to communities most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19.

This formed part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s wider COVID-19 emergency response and meant it will benefit from the local expertise of the funders, prioritising smaller voluntary sector groups that may require support with capacity and infrastructure to apply for funding.

The funding will be used to provide activities for young people for the next six months on external activity providers, equipment and materials to support face to face and virtual activities and for the costs of hiring a hall for indoor face to face activities. A programme of activities will be designed to help the young people to interact with each other, to gain a sense of achievement and be physically active.

Aspire will use the funding to provide 26 fully accessible virtual classes a week run from the Aspire Leisure Centre via a zoom link.

Classes will be open to all, including physical, sensory and learning-disabled people, black and ethnic minority communities, older people, young people and anyone else who would like to join. There will be regular seated classes for those that can’t manage full standing classes, and a choice of Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Seated Tai chi, Seated Dance, Body Conditioning and Stretch Tone and relaxation classes.

The Work Rights Centre will use this funding to support the people of Harrow with free, confidential employment rights and welfare advice.

The multilingual team of advisers will provide in-depth advice and casework. We want to help people whose livelihoods have been plunged into uncertainty to rebuild their finances, their sense of security, and their self-esteem.

The funding will part fund 2 programmes in Harrow that break the isolation and the despair experienced by people with visual impairments. The first is a Rapid Response Counselling Service that visits people in their homes at the point of crisis, when they first lose their sight, or when they have received a sight loss diagnosis. The second programme is a Home Visiting Service which looks after people who may have adjusted to their sight loss emotionally, but who need social connection in order to break their isolation and physical assistance in managing their lives.

Herts Inclusive Theatre will provide creative, social, and learning activities for adults (aged 18+) who are residents of Harrow and have a learning disability.

l skills development to Harrow residents most affected by the pandemic, with a particular focus on Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities and young people aged 18 to 25. The goal is to create self-employment through new businesses and jobs and provide a positive outcome for those most affected by the pandemic.

The Fitness Community will provide free personal fitness training to Harrow residents with mental health problems, particularly targeting those on means tested benefits.

Harrow Steel will continue their successful group Harrow Steel aimes at ages 14 – 21, and start a new community steel band for young disadvantaged students ages 11-14 and to run holiday workshops.

Carramea, with 2 partners (WEA and Aratrust), will open an Unemployed Workers Centre (UWC).

Harrow Cycle Hub will train women as cycle ride leaders, teach women to cycle and lead cycle rides around Harrow.

Every Person is Capable will deliver four differently themed online skill sharing and well-being workshops. They will focus the project on black & minority ethnic communities, carers and young people (+16) with the aim to build social interaction and improve mental as well as physical wellbeing.

EKTA will support Mental Health Service Users from South Asian communities through a digital inclusion project including how to use the digital devices, learn to use various social platforms and be digital savvy.

Providing support to the Romanian community through providing food parcels.

Film Skool Deluxe to offer a 3 month digital filmmaking course for young people from mainly from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and low income backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to learn about the filmmaking process and gain valuable practical filmmaking skills.

As soon as the pandemic allows, North Harrow Community Library will go back to providing Yoga, meditation and for diabetes advice and support from Central London Community Health, and provide the older children opportunities to volunteer as part of their Duke of Edinburgh awards.

The Centre for ADHD & Autism Support will employ a  Family Support Worker who  will offer specialist ADHD and Autism knowledge and support parents and carers of children with a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of ADHD or Autism.

The funding will be used to run workshops to help young people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in Harrow who are unemployed and are at risk of becoming involved in crime, or recently released from prison by bringing them together, building their confidence, giving them a new focus point through filmmaking and most importantly helping them to come out of the lockdown.

Age UK HHB will run Call Chat, Care which  links volunteers to older people who are seeking weekly phone calls during this period of increased isolation. The service users the opportunity to move to a time-defined one to one support service encouraging the older person to be an active participant in identifying and achieving specific goals that will reconnect them to community based social activity.

Kids Can Achieve support children and young people with disabilities and their families. They provide After School and Saturday Clubs, Holiday Play Schemes and Outreach support for children with disabilities.

Wealdstone Methodist Church will organise Technology Classes to teach online skills to elderly and vulnerable people in Harrow.

Fresh Horizons CNB will provide support and accommodation following street homelessness. During their stay each resident will be prepared for independent living and assistance with finding permanent accommodation.

Soul Kitchen will provide food parcels delivered direct to doorsteps, a dedicated phone line to help provide moral support and a friendly ear to listen to concerns, provide conversations, help eliminate loneliness and social anxiety. We will offer regular support to families and have multilingual volunteers who will assist those from black & minority ethnic backgrounds too and cater to their diverse needs.

The Breaking Bread Trust will continue to deliver nutritious freshly prepared hot meals food packs/parcels as well as develop additional services to support the Harrow Community.

My Yard provides ongoing food suited to their cultural and dietary needs.

Watford FC will run a girls-only Youth Club, combining youth activities with mental health themed conversations.

With the funding from ‘Harrow Giving’, Harrow Bengalee Association will run the following sessions:

  1. Yoga with Meditation 
  2. Vocal Music Class 
  3. Performing Arts classes for 6- 20 year old 
  4. Specialists in the Family Forum.

SCEA will use the funds to recruit a supplementary English and science teacher to help children attain positive results for their GCSE and year targets.

Need To Talk provides a multilingual counselling service that specialises in supporting vulnerable individuals by offering free or low cost counselling.