THIS IS HARROW, Results of Harrow Children and Young People needs analysis


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Despite Harrow’s reputation sometimes being that of a ‘leafy’ trouble-free borough, we are seeing an increasing strain on services for young people. Problems like youth violence in Harrow are also happening more frequently, and young people are navigating ever complex challenges and pressures.

Young Harrow Foundation, Harrow Council, Harrow Youth Parliament and other YHF Members and Partners set out to do something different – to make lasting change in the lives of young people in Harrow through an innovative collective response.

The first milestone in this journey of collaboration is to define the need. To empower young people with a voice by asking them directly them what they need support with. This process was led by young people themselves as 24 trained peer leaders ran the survey in schools.

In an unprecedented exercise we have brought together data via three sources below. This report is the first attempt at bringing all data together to draw conclusions based on the combined evidence:

1. A survey taking in the views of 4,358 young people (around 15% of the Harrow 10 – 19 population).

2. 51 charities using local intelligence and conducting young people focus groups

3. An analysis of data relating to local young people undertaken by the Council as part of the Joint Strategic Needs Analysis (JSNA) (An external researcher was responsible for conducting the combined analysis.)

The project has also received overwhelming support from the community through volunteering – with over 30 people volunteering an impressive total of 450 hours. Most of these helped to transfer the surveys online for analysis.

Snapshot of the findings

Young people in Harrow tell us they are struggling with mental health issues including self-harm and suicidal thoughts; poor physical health; problems with drugs and alcohol; and other challenges of modern life.

Further, our evidence suggests that there is a wide spread of young people in Harrow with unmet needs. Our evidence highlights the importance of making support more generally available to young people, and the need for focus on preventative support.

We anticipate that the survey evidence will be accessed by a wide range of professionals and young people alike working across a range of issues. In this report we focus on the five key areas that jump out to us as amongst the most urgent needs.

These are the areas where YHF and Harrow Council will commit to bringing voluntary organisations and other stakeholders together to develop collective and innovative solutions, and to help bring in external funding to support these approaches. The voice of young people must continue to be at the centre of this collective approach.

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Our aim and background…


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YOUNG HARROW FOUNDATION’S PURPOSE

Our aim at Young Harrow Foundation is to assist and support the ‘not for profit’ organisations within Harrow so that every child and young person in our borough can have a greater opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Young Harrow Foundation will champion children and young people in Harrow and the charities and organisations that support them.

We achieve this by:

  • advertising and marketing YHF effectively so that charitable organisations that meet the criteria for membership join our organisation.
  • encouraging the smaller charitable organisations within Harrow to work cooperatively and by assisting with the sharing of good practice.
  • offering training, advice, networking opportunities and a ‘venue bank’ to our partners and associates.
  • engaging with local businesses and forging partnerships where this is both appropriate and beneficial.
  • seeking and preparing bids for grants from large organisations that would not be receptive to advances from smaller organisations.
  • undertaking all reasonable steps to ensure the proper and effective use and distribution of our funds.
  • distributing grants fairly and transparently.
  • adopting robust procedures for monitoring the effectiveness of our funding to our member organisations.
  • liaising closely with and having regular meetings with our fellow organisations Young Barnet Foundation and Young Brent Foundation at CEO and Board levels.
  • employing highly motivated staff with relevant experience and qualifications and with a real desire to achieve positive outcomes. Enabling the betterment of our staff through personal career development plans.
  • putting safeguarding at the heart of what we do so that we can effectively promote the welfare of children and young people.
  • ensuring that we are responsive to the needs of children and young people and particularly those with disabilities.
  • liaising with Harrow Council and other organisations that provide services for and support young people in Harrow.
  • managing financial risks prudently.
  • striving for excellence in all that we do and conducting our dealings within our organisation and with our funders, supporters and member organisations in an open and polite manner.

Our Background:

We acknowledge the support and vision of John Lyon’s Charity without which Young Harrow Foundation could not have come into existence.

Background : Young Harrow Foundation (YHF) was set up in 2015 and is funded for three years by John Lyon’s Charity and City Bridge Trust. It is designed to be a new model of local support for ‘not for profit’ organisations working with children and young people in Harrow within a climate of decreasing statutory provision and support for young people. YHF is seeking new ways to strengthen the relationships between funders and local organisations so that more effective ways of supporting and delivering activities can be established to meet the needs of children and young people.

YHF is managed by a Board of Trustees with a range of skills and experience. Our CEO, Dan Burke, is responsible for its day to day operation. Young Harrow Foundation is a registered charity and will be a ‘member-led’ organisation.

Our aim at Young Harrow Foundation is to assist and support the ‘not for profit’ organisations within Harrow so that every child and young person in our borough can have a greater opportunity to fulfil their potential.

  • We are responsive to the needs of children and young people and put safeguarding at the heart of everything we do.
  • We actively promote the sharing good practice; we offer training, advice, networking opportunities and a ‘venue bank’ for our member organisations and other partners.
  • We seek to develop effective partnerships with statutory, public, private organisations, including businesses, and ‘not for profit’ organisations which support and provide services for children and young people in Harrow.
  • We build relationships with funders, co-ordinate funding bids and advise our member organisations on how to bid more successfully for external funding.
  • We run a small grants programme for member organisations to apply for.

Young Harrow Foundation will champion children and young people in Harrow and the charities and organisations that support them.

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Young Harrow foundation is one of four Infrastructure support organisations in Harrow.  Please download the document below to see all four.

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