Established in early 2016, Young Harrow Foundation (YHF) is one of the three founding Young People’s Foundations.
Since it was formed, YHF has become a registered charity (no.1163589) and has 56 registered members. It has been focusing on facilitation and brokering opportunities through networking, both locally and London-wide and it has been approached by funders seeking to encourage Harrow-based groups to apply for funding. All of these opportunities, whether council / public health led or through trusts and foundations, have a clear focus on making a difference to the lives of children and young people in Harrow. There is a current focus on health and well-being, crime and anti-social behaviour.
Types of Membership
Young Harrow Foundation has three types of membership, each with its own criteria.
Member organisations – from the voluntary, not for project sector who are working directly with children and young people in Harrow.
Partner organisations – from a range of sectors whose work includes children and young people.
Corporate partners – local organisations who have signed up to work with both Young Harrow Foundation as well as with local organisations by offering services, supplies and support.
Dan Burke – CEO
Glenys Tolley – Operations Manager
Colin Aiden Glass – Chair
Malcolm John – Vice Chair
Pritha Mukherjee – Treasurer
Rachel Wright – Voluntary Action Harrow
Keith Savage – 9th Kenton Scout Group
Paul Hewitt – Harrow Council
Small Grants Funding
In 2017, Young Harrow Foundation announced its first Small Grants Programme, with £40,000 available to allocate to member organisations. The aim of the programme is to support children and young people in Harrow to have a greater opportunity to fulfil their potential. YHF endeavours to be able to offer Small Grants on an annual basis.
Young Harrow Foundation is working with Harrow Council to completely change the public face of both youth work and youth opportunities. This will include a local agreement, a public website and a phone app. The aim is to give young people, parents and professionals control over their services and help YHF to identify any gaps in services.
This work will give YHF the ability to:
- map services clearly for young people, categorised into both the area and the focus of the provision
- understand more clearly the local unmet needs of young people in Harrow
- create a strategy to develop partnership models for dealing with these needs
- focus fundraising and commissioning on the greatest needs.
MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime)
Young Harrow Foundation has been involved in working to secure £120,000 per annum for two years for the voluntary sector to address some of the issues in key local areas in Harrow where there has been a rise in youth violence and crime. Five local organisations have benefited from this funding for a range of projects working with young people including: Ignite, Home Group, Synergy, WISH and Compass. YHF will coordinate a group to liaise on delivery to ensure the best for young people from this opportunity.
MOPAC – Safer Neighbourhood Board
Young Harrow Foundation has been working with a local Safer Neighbourhood Board to help widen its reach of potential organisations delivering crime reduction programmes. This involved YHF supporting with advertising, broadening networks and working in partnership to provide local context and need. Funding of up to £41,000 was available and Voluntary Action Harrow has assisted on the allocation of grants to seven organisations. Voluntary Action Harrow also offers continued support when requested.
YHF supported six groups with the process of applying to Sportivate for funding, all of which were successful. Between them, the groups secured a total of just under £11,000 to work with young people to become more active, with a range of innovative projects including sport, dance, football and rugby.
This promotional film about Young Harrow Foundation was made as part of John Lyon’s Charity Volunteer Films initiative in partnership with Media Trust.