More than 2500 children from the London Borough of Harrow have been taking part in a busy programme of holiday activities organised by the Young Harrow Foundation (YHF) member organisations. The Holiday Activities and Food Programme, which is supported by the Department for Education, aims to help those facing financial disadvantage by offering an exciting range of summer programmes. YHF partnered with Harrow School this summer to use school facilities and outdoor spaces as well as supplying free nutritious lunches for children on free school meals.
Activities included filming, archery, sport and creative art programmes, while 22,000 meals have been delivered to the young people taking part in the activities over the summer months. The collaboration with Harrow School has helped save money on renting spaces, venues, and sports pitches, freeing up funds for additional activities.
Meanwhile, YHF has moved into offices provided and renovated by Harrow School as part of the developing working partnership with Shaftesbury Enterprise.
Director of Shaftesbury Enterprise at Harrow School, Tim Dalton, said: "Our growing partnership with YHF means that we can collaborate with charities in Harrow to support more young people in Harrow to fulfil their potential. The School is working more directly with the YHF team and finding out how fundraising support, sharing resources and facility usage opportunities are helping local charities to bring significant and lasting change to the lives of local children and young people. This is an exciting and significant development in our partnership work."
Shaftesbury Enterprise is Harrow School's initiative focused on improving the educational outcomes and life opportunities for young people in our neighbourhood particularly for those who face significant barriers to progress.