Latest news from the Harrow Club
Spring has been a busy period for everyone involved with the Harrow Club. Aside from continuing to run 5 youth club sites, a range of sports teams and community programmes we have also recently expanded our alternative education project ‘Moving on Up’, from supporting 12 to 24 children from three local primary schools.
More than a youth club…
This project came from the fact that increasing numbers of Primary School age children we work with through youth clubs are being excluded from school and ending up in Pupil Referral Units where their chances of good academic outcomes and life chances diminishes massively. Very few return to mainstream education.
Where we are based, in West London, we have some of the highest school exclusion rates in the country. Whilst not every child can stay in mainstream schooling, many are ‘off loaded’ to improve exam results and Ofsted rankings, or are removed due to a lack of capacity and resource to support children with additional needs. Some of these children have undiagnosed behavioural or learning conditions and have suffered adverse and traumatic experiences at home.
The Moving on Up programme runs 3 days a week and provides an alternative curriculum. The focus is on improving confidence, team-working, behaviour, and overall wellbeing through a range of creative-play and learn activities with the aim of transitioning these young people back into full time, mainstream education. We provide support to families around improving their parenting skills, accessing a range of advice services and securing additional state support. We continue to work with the children as they transition into secondary school through outreach and mentoring.
“My son started the project in September and he has gained so much confidence and seems so much happier in school. I visited the project in week 5 and it was so good to see how the kids were working together and creating a team, having their own voices and being confident in learning in such a loving environment. The change I have seen in his attitude to learning is very apparent.”
Please support a remarkable fundraising odyssey in aid of the Harrow Club
We are truly inspired by Rima and Mark Tremlett, two longstanding teachers at Harrow School, who have embarked on a European Odyssey, cycling from the southern most point in Europe, Punta de Tarifa in Spain, to the North Cape in Norway. They are over 40 days into their journey which is expected to last around 3 months, covering 4,500 miles (8,000 km) and countless tyre changes!
This is one of the biggest fundraising challenge events around and an amazing show of support from 2 longstanding teachers at Harrow School in their 450th anniversary year as we segway into the 140th anniversary year of the Harrow Club in 2023.
Mark and Rima would really appreciate any support for their efforts, you can follow their journey here – https://longestducker.com – and make a donation here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tremlettodyssey
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Want to make a difference to a young person’s life when they need it most?
The Harrow Club is currently looking for volunteers who can commit to 2 hours a week to mentor a young person who needs additional support and guidance in navigating school, college, or steps into a career. As part of our ‘Another Way’ Programme, which aims to support young people at risk of exclusion, grooming and exploitation you will be trained and receive an accreditation to assist us in this vital work. This is an extremely worthwhile activity, not only for the young person, but also for the mentor.
For more information, please contact Nadia Sibany – firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all cyclists! Raise money for the club and enjoy the annual iconic Harrow School Charity Bike Ride
The 2022 Long Ducker Bike Ride starts and finishes at the iconic Harrow School on Sunday 4th September comprising of a Long (80 miles) and Short route (45 Miles). The 80-mile ride stops around the 40 mile mark for a relaxing break before heading on.
Cyclists of all abilities are invited to take part in one of our 2 fully supported rides and as an entrant you will benefit from:
- Fully marked routes with a back-up route map and GPS files
- A free medal at the end of your ride
- Feed stations on the long and medium routes
- On-course first aid and mechanical support
All monies raised will go to the work of the Harrow Club
Please contact Liam Clipsham for further information – email@example.com
Thank you again for all your support.