About us

Established in 2015, Young Harrow Foundation is a membership charity supporting voluntary organisations in Harrow to increase partnerships and other opportunities in the community.

How do we support Harrow?

Membership for local organisations. We offer free membership for Harrow-based voluntary organisations focusing on children and young people offering member-only grants, funding assistance, tailored training and the promotion of their activities and resources on our website.

Youth Voice Analysis. Since 2018, we have been conducting comprehensive youth needs analyses every two years in collaboration with Public Health. A key aspect of this initiative involves empowering a group of young people with lived experiences, known as 'The Change Champions,' by providing them with support and opportunities to spearhead social change within the Harrow community.

Networking Events. We organise exclusive funding and networking events throughout the year. In 2022 we organized the first Harrow Children & Young People Conference bringing together 180 professionals from various sectors, including voluntary organizations, education, NHS, and local authorities, to foster collaboration and explore available services for young people.

Our Mission

Better, sustainable, high quality support services for children and young people in Harrow

Our Vision

Happier, healthier, safer children and young people with more opportunities to reach their full potential

Our people

We have a brilliant team here at YHF. Our staff team of specialists mostly all work on a part-time, flexible basis of 1-3 days a week. We also have a great team of Trustees that continue to invest time to make the Young Harrow Foundation achieve its vision and mission. Get to know everyone here, and drop us a line if you want to chat.

  • Hannah Court
    Hannah Court

    Hannah makes sure everything runs smoothly at the Young Harrow Foundation – supporting the team with administration. She has a background of working in schools and is thrilled to be able to combine her administrative prowess with helping the children and young people of Harrow fulfil their potential.

    Hannah works Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (10 am-2 pm) say hello here.

  • Glenys Tolley
    Glenys Tolley

    Glenys joined YHF in 2016, having worked in the voluntary sector supporting children and young people for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in charity development and also worked as a charity Director. The importance of a child’s right to play is a topic that Glenys is a passionate advocate for. She also has an interest and commitment to the wider issues and challenges faced by the voluntary sector, especially around equity, recognition and the continuous struggle for funding.

    Glenys works full-time. Say hello here.

  • Dan Burke
    Dan Burke

    Dan is an energetic and passionate leader, committed to supporting young people. Dan set up the Young Harrow Foundation in 2015 after 15 years of leading not-for-profit organisations including Ignite Trust a well-respected youth-focused charity in Harrow. Dan has a proven track record of inspiring others in a shared vision.

    Dan works full-time. Say hello here.

  • Ceri Morris
    Ceri Morris
    Partnerships Manager

    Ceri is passionate about supporting young people and ensuring their voice is heard in conversations affecting their care. Ceri leads our Change Champion partnership work, and is also responsible for our website and communications.

    Ceri works Tues-Thurs. Say hello here.

  • Keisha Njoku
    Keisha Njoku
    Training Development Lead - Level Up Youth Work

    Keisha joined the team in June 2018 and she has a 7-year career in international and community development within the youth sector in the UK, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. Keisha is a creative person who prides herself on positive action to support the next generation to be the best they can be.

    Keisha works 2 days per week. Say hello here.

  • Cristina Garcia
    Cristina Garcia
    Grants Lead

    Cristina first discovered her passion for helping young people whilst running diverse sessions at various youth clubs, and organising voluntary programs for the community in South London. Moved to London from a small town in the north of Spain 20 years ago , she has now recently joined the YHF team and strives to support the HAF as a Grant Lead. Say hello here.

  • Ana Alpuente
    Ana Alpuente
    Website Development Manager

    Originally from Madrid, Ana graduated from the University of Madrid and Barcelona with a BSc in Media Communication degree and worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London whilst at university. She then went on to work as a graphic and web designer for several years at National Geographic and Orange Spain.

    Ana took a gap year in 2013 to travel around the world, visiting over 15 countries, mostly in Southeast Asia and South America.

    As an active volunteer, Ana has been volunteering and supporting children and young people with disabilities for more than two decades so seeking out a career in the charity sector felt like the right thing to do.

    Ana works part-time Tue-Thur. Say hello here.

  • Fatima Asif
    Fatima Asif
    Evaluation and Impact Lead

    Fatima joined YHF in 2022. Previously she worked with a range of funders to improve their effectiveness. She is passionate about social change and is an alumni of the 2027 programme. Fatima will leverage her experience from previous for-profit and not-for-profit roles, to highlight the positive impact and difference funding makes.
    Fatima works 1 day per week. Say hello here.

  • Betty Lin
    Betty Lin
    Children's University Coordinator