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Oct 12 2013

Harrow Tenders for Mutual Support Network

harrow_council_logoSpotted today, was a tender announcement from Harrow Council for a Mutual Support Network. According to the announcement, it says that “…London Borough of Harrow wish to appoint an organisation that can establish a model of service delivery for vulnerable and older people called the Harrow Mutual Support Networks (HMSN), a membership organisation whereby users purchase support and services through a network of paid and volunteer helpers…”

It continues, “London Borough of Harrow wish to appoint an organisation that can establish a model of service delivery for vulnerable and older people called the Harrow Mutual Support Networks (HMSN), a membership organisation whereby users purchase support and services through a network of paid and volunteer helpers.  Within 3 years after being established the HMSN would aim to be self-supporting and self-financing.  A key strength of the model is that as well as focussing on service delivery, it also stresses social contact: the interaction between members of the organisation.  It therefore promises to build social capital and community capacity and supports personalisation.”

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]…a massive policy gear change – shifting council service delivery out into the community?[/pullquote]According to the Council’s cabinet minutes, “Harrow is also launching the Mutual Support Network this year which will be an additional investment in preventive services.  We have started the process of identifying a provider by inviting organisations, including the local voluntary sector, to express an interest in delivering the concept.  This will represent an investment of £450,000 including £150,000 from Harrow Strategic Partnership.”

This seems a fairly big investment, and, if done right, something of benefit to the borough. So why does a search for ‘mutual support network’ only produce two hits on the Council’s website, one of which is from two years ago? And isn’t this a massive policy gear change – shifting council service delivery out into the community?

 

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1 comment

  1. Harrow Dude

    Sounds like an outsource of Social Services shame on you Harrow Council, disgraceful…What ever next for your plans to outsource…Children Services maybe, shame on you all. What do you have to say on this subject Susan?

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