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Mar 04 2014

Harrow Council funding secures vital help for charities

harrow_council_logoCharities and voluntary groups in Harrow will receive vital help to raise more funds and recruit volunteers, following the launch of a council-backed support service.

Harrow Community Action (HCA), made up of a number of the borough’s voluntary organisations, will provide a new third sector support service which offers specialist support and advice to others in the industry.

Harrow Council commissioned the service to start in February 2014 and to be renewed for a further two years with a grant of £75,000 in a full year.

The service was commissioned after the Council helped the voluntary and community sector in the borough to identify what support was needed to help the sector survive and deliver vital services to a wide range of communities for the future. The consultation also asked organisations how they wanted their services to be delivered in the borough.

The suggestions formed the basis of the help on offer, which includes:

  • Help to increase income through fundraising;
  • Help with recruiting volunteers;
  • Training on subjects such as marketing, finance and project management.

HCA won the commission after a rigorous tendering exercise. HCA is a Community Interest Company, and has 10 directors from organisations including Mind in Harrow, Age UK Harrow, and Harrow Mencap.

Harrow Council Cabinet Member for Community and Culture Cllr Manji Kara said: “Voluntary groups told us that they wanted one central organisation that they could turn to for advice and support that was made up of people who had insight into the third sector. We have helped them to achieve this through good partnership working and commissioning the services they required. Charities and voluntary organisations provide vital support to residents, and hopefully this new service will strengthen the brilliant job they are already doing.”

HCA director Mark Gillham said: “Harrow Community Action is delighted to be awarded the third sector support contract following Harrow Council’s competitive tender process.  We are pleased that the Council has continued to invest in the local voluntary and community sector, which runs Harrow Community Action. The funding awarded means that HCA’s vision for a stronger, more cohesive and sustainable local voluntary and community sector can take an important leap forward.”

Full list of organisations making up HCA:

  • Harrow Mencap
  • Harrow Association of Disabled People
  • Harrow Interfaith Council
  • Voluntary Action Harrow
  • Age UK Harrow
  • Mind in Harrow
  • Capable Communities
  • Harrow in Business
  • Harrow Women’s Centre
  • Carramea
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1 comment

  1. sonoo malkani

    Excellent news for the voluntary sector who need this help so badly.It is vitally important that they are encouraged and rewarded by receiving guidance and support from Harrow Council.After all,they richly deserve it for saving tax-payers in our country billions of precious pounds.In fact,they should be dubbed the FIRST sector,not the Third for the sterling work they do,free of charge 24/7.Worth their weight in pure gold!

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