Action for Change

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What is Action For Change?

Action for Change aims to remove the barriers to partnership working and collaboration between children and young people’s services across Harrow. Action for Change is a 6 month project led by the Young Harrow Foundation and Harrow Council, in collaboration with the wider VCSE sector, Police, Harrow CCG and Safer Harrow Partnership. The project will be facilitated by The Centre For Youth Impact.

Action for Change will build on the 5 Needs Areas identified in the This Is Harrow 2018 Report - Mental Health, Youth Violence, Employability, Inequalities and Physical Activity. In each area, we will consider the overall ecosystem and support structures that exist in Harrow for children and young people and how these can be improved.

This strategy will be designed by local experts, informed by the needs of young people, and delivered in a way we can measure and track to prove impact.

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What are we trying to do?

Understand The Causes and Barriers
Develop The Answers
Measure Our Impact

Phase I - Understanding The Causes

We need to understand the gaps in local systems that can contribute to children and young people being unable to access the services they need.That means getting under skin of the structural problems they face and the barriers that stop them from living happier, healthier and safer lives. We need to look for the threads that connect the 5 Needs Areas, and begin thinking about making changes 'upstream' to treat the causes, not just the symptoms.

This phase will look at the practical realities of the service ecosystem in Harrow. This might involve discussions about referrals between services, developing joint strategies, finding out about funding opportunities, integrating with education and healthcare services, and responding to emerging needs with limited budgets.

Phase II - Developing the Answers

In the second round of workshops, we will being tackling the problems identified in Phase I. We will look at the resources, skills and expertise we have in the borough across our communities, charities and public sector service providers. We will identify the day to day, operational and strategic changes we need to make, and prioritise a set of outcomes and targets we believe can improve the delivery of services for children and young people and have an impact on the lives of those growing up in Harrow.

Phase III - Measuring our Impact

To make this plan sustainable, we need to identify the impact working together (and better!) has on the lives of young people in Harrow.

In this final phase, The Centre For Youth Impact will help us agree a framework for measuring change in the borough, including a set of shared outcomes, targets and indicators that work across sectors and organisations.

Watch Chris @ YHF explain the Action For Change project