Latest news from the Harrow Club
It has been another busy few months at The Harrow Club which we are delighted to say has included our first overseas group trip since 2019 and our annual fundraising dinner.
As we now prepare for the Harrow Club summer programme across our 5 youth clubs, we are also very conscious and aware of the work that needs to be done to reduce the blight that is knife crime and gang-exploitation that harms the lives of so many young people and impacts the wider community.
2021 saw the highest recorded incident rates of knife crime since 2008 and anecdotally we hear that exploitation and conflict in the areas we work is escalating. Our unique late-night safe space project, Another Way, now operates from 3 sites and our street youth work teams play a vital role in reaching young people who are particularly disengaged and at risk.
We know that during school holidays much of the essential preventative work, that is so important in tackling the issue, is reduced. We also know that it is important that young people have alternative outlets and that is why our summer programme is so crucial.
Summer Big Give – please help us to give local children in need a fantastic summer
We are currently seeking donations for our school holiday programme as part of the Summer Big Give, with all donations doubled between now and 21st. Please help us reach our goal so we can fully fund all the brilliant activities we have planned, including taking 80 children out of London on short outdoor holidays and providing a comprehensive schedule of trips and activities.
A community cricket day!
The Harrow Club celebrates diversity and inclusion and for the second time in 3 years we have been funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to run a community cricket day bringing newly arrived Afghan Refugees with the local Caribbean Diaspora to enjoy a cricket match alongside a BBQ, and other traditional summer activities. We are working with our partners at Latymer Upper School and Fulham & Roehampton Cricket Club to deliver the event and everyone reading this is welcome to come along, and are welcome to bring their friends, family and neighbours.
Through the support of the Leus Family Foundation, we were able to take 12 young people, most of whom had never been overseas, away to Cyprus during the recent half-term break. These young people are long standing club members and have volunteered in various projects we have run. Travel overseas, as well as being a fun social experience, can really broaden horizons creating new viewpoints and interests and we know that for the young people who went this time it was a huge highlight and will live long in their memories.
Thank you again for all your support.