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Feb 23 2012

Harrow’s Volunteers Star in ‘How To’ Video

Civic minded Harrow residents are poised for viral stardom with the launch of an online volunteer guide.

The Harrow ‘How to’ guide to volunteering in your local community is being launched next week by the local residents who star in the online video. The première will be screened at Harrow Council offices next Wednesday 29th February with the 10 local ‘How to’ experts special guests on the night. The guide, which will also be available in hard copy, shows residents ‘how to’ – organise a street party, set up a youth club, become a neighbourhood champion and start a residents’ association among many others.

It was produced by Harrow Council to inspire more residents to get involved in their local community. It is a toolkit of information and advice that will enable others to start their own community group or enterprise.

Harrow has a strong tradition of volunteering – already well over 12,000 residents have signed up to give something back to their community via Harrow Volunteer Centre.

In the community led guide, residents tell their volunteering stories and describe how others can get involved. They offer top tips, advice and practical information on how to get started.  The video will be available on the Council’s website.

Portfolio holder for Community and Cultural Services, Cllr David Perry said: “This guide builds on the great sense of community spirit in Harrow. So many residents are already involved in improving their communities but we know many more want to get involved but don’t know where to start. ‘How to’ gives you all the information you need in one place. As local volunteers are the stars of the video and booklet, the information is all the more relevant. I hope the guide encourages even more Harrow residents to volunteer and launch new groups and clubs in the borough.”

One of the ‘How to’ stars is Mac Laubscher from Belmont. Mac is a member of Belmont Circle Community Group and he gives his top tips on how to organise a successful community street party, which will come in handy for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

“At Belmont Circle there is a real sense of community and we have organised a variety of street parties. They are a brilliant way of bringing everyone together, you get to meet your neighbours and it is always a lot of fun. Get the guide and find out how to make your street parties for the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics a real day to remember.”

Mum, Caroline Chalkley helped launch a parenting group for single mums in Harrow Weald and gives advice to other residents interested in doing the same: “Parent support groups are a great way for parents to get advice, and information during what can be a very challenging time. It is so rewarding to be able to help mums, and the feeling of seeing a mum grow in confidence and develop is amazing.”

The video guide is also mobile enabled so it can be accessed on the go.  Hardcopies of the guide will be available in libraries across the borough, online and on demand.

Source: Harrow Council

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