St Alban North Harrow

  Community Outreach, Engagement & Safety

   It's important to us to be working with the whole community, including young people of all faiths 
      and no faith;  and including young people who may not neatly fit in with people's expectations. 
   It's also important for us to be listening to residents, business owners, and others who may have
   experience of young people's issues - and suggestions on how to respond and make a difference.

    We have partnered with the Ignite Trust, Harrow 2015 - 2019 to support the delivery of
youth club, sports sessions, and mentoring in Wealdstone and Rayners Lane: 
areas of significant disadvantage which have made national headlines again and again, due to
    the number 
of knife attacks either by -or on- young people.  Many young people are caught up in
    cycles of anti-social behaviour [ASB]
, which may be connected to gang affiliation or activity, or may
    just be the result of young people being bored and/or not having anything constructive to do..

                                                   group of young people hanging out

     We are often out and about involved in the community:

     * Doorknocking  to meet and listen to our neighbours
* Community Consultations listening to young people's experiences of violence
          - in partnership with Harrow Citizens: helping to formulate community responses 
          - recent events have included Young Harrow Foundation's 'Challenging the Narrative'
          - upcoming events include Audience with Sadiq Khan at the Copperbox Arena 21.04.20
* 'StreetWise' detached youth work^ with young people at risk of ASB
          - in partnership with Ignite Trust - pilot work based on identified 'hotspots' in North Harrow
     *  Outreach^ with young people at the end of school day, and around the shops & stations
           - in partnership with RISE Harrow youth worker network 

     *  Schools Work  (yr 6 primary, and secondary yrs 7 - 12)
           - Longfield Primary School and Buckingham Prep School
                  assemblies, workshops, group work around eg. transition, success, peace-making..   
           - Nower Hill School  Lunch-Club:  Wednesdays 12.50 - 1.30pm
           - Nower Hill School  Mentoring:  Fridays 10am - 12.30pm

     * After-School Club : Wednesdays 3.30- 5pm

              this after-school drop in using the green space off The Ridgeway has been running from early summer: offering football, softball tennis, badminton, volleyball, and basketball games so far.The outside    free after-school club Weds 3.30 - 5pm
        Our free after-school drop-in developed in response to young people's need and request
        for a safe space to come and play and get some support with homework too after school.  
        Spring/Summer:  runs outdoors on green grass strip next to The Ridgeway & H11 bus stop.
From October half-term & through Winter we move into the halls off Norwood Drive car park.

    * 'DoorStep' Community Events for local young people, young adults, and young families            - building on the success of our June Fair that saw such great community interaction and fun
     - upcoming eventsYouth Festival Activity Day (music, sports, comps..) Sat 20th June: 10am-5pm

   If anyone has ideas, suggestions, or would like to get involved with any of the above : get in touch !
We are particularly interested in partnership work here in the North Harrow and Pinner area: 
     in schools, and also around 'hotspots' where issues connected to young people gathering have 
     become concerning to community stakeholders. 


  ^detached: in Detached Youth Work, youth workers simply work with young people where they are,
    (streets, parks, car parks, shop fronts..) providing a listening ear, support, and information relevant
     to the young person/ group's context: their situation, needs, aspirations..

  ^outreach: iOutreach Youth Work, youth workers go out from centre seeking to promote services 
and opportunities to young people - and sometimes bring young people back to the centre - or 
    signpost/ accompany young people to other services.

     Such youth work can be particularly effective with those who don't respond so well to/within
     formal environments or enclosed spaces, and may be considered 'hard to reach' or 'at risk'. 
     It can be both 'planned' and 'responsive'.  
The relationship-building stages are key to gaining trust
     and engagement, and so to any consistent,
 effective work.  Please note that whilst Detached/
     Outreach Youth Work can help deter/reduce ASB and criminal behaviour,  the priority would
     always be to promote the safety, well being and development of the young people.