Help make a difference for the community groups that improve lives in Harrow

Aviva Community Fund

They spend their time making a difference to Harrow and bringing a smile to the residents they help

Now some of our amazing community organisations have got through to the online voting round of the Aviva Community Fund, which offers a cash boost to worthwhile services or projects – and they need a helping hand from us.

From a church offering friendship and groups giving debt advice or promoting social inclusion, to those aiding conservation and therapeutic creative arts… who will you vote for?

You have until 20 November to sign up Aviva’s website and vote 10 times - you can use these all for one project or spread your support.

Cllr Sue Anderson, Community Engagement & Accessibility Portfolio Holder, said: “We are ever grateful for all the hard work these wonderful Harrow organisations put into making the borough an even better place to live.

“Sadly, in these times of austerity, all services are cut back - but how wonderful to see that their community spirit and values never falter, nor does their initiave in applying for the extra funding they need.

“Every one of us has the chance to say where this pot of funding should go. All it takes is a click of the mouse in the next ?? days – and we can vote ten times. Let’s help people in Harrow reap the benefit.”

The groups are:
• South Harrow Christian Fellowship – a small South Harrow church which opens its doors to the over 60s for coffee and a chat every week, offering friendship, homecooked meals and activities to help stimulate their minds.

• Dawn Charitable Trust – in a culturally sensitive environment, the group provides counselling, workshops, creative arts clubs and talks for personal development, stimulation and for alleviating loneliness and distress.

• Harrow Heritage Trust - its Harrow Nature Conservation Forum organises conservation activities as well as fun, educational events such as guided walks. It wants to
protect Pear Wood in Stanmore, described as the best ancient woodland in London, from modern hazards such as fly-tipping and vehicle trespass

• Citizens Advice Harrow - providing free, confidential and impartial advice to all, it is focussing on helping young people build new and beneficial money management skills with debt prevention in mind.

• Arts for Life – a non-profit organisation supporting young people and their families’ emotional health and wellbeing through the proactive therapeutic value of the creative arts.

• Middlesex Association for the Blind - based in Stanmore, it helps Middlesex's vulnerable visually impaired clients. It offers a home visiting team across 9 boroughs; providing a face-to-face befriending service, assistance with accessing the community and help with replying and reading mail.

• Harrow and Wembley Sea Cadet Corps - it wants to replace its minibus and trailer to carry cadets to and from many events. As its closest water is about 5 miles away, many children would miss out on activities if it didn’t have transportation.

• Stag Lane Schools PTFA - wants to rebuild its special outdoor learning garden to provide multi-sensory stimulation for children with special educational needs and disabilities, allow pupils to grow fruit and veg, therapeutic eco-spaces and a canopied ‘all-weather’ outdoor classroom space to enrich the curriculum experience.

Tom Daniell, Marketing Director at Aviva, said:  “Community wellbeing is incredibly important to us. This is why we run the Aviva Community Fund – we want to offer people the opportunity to easily take action and help a group in their area.

“We’ve had over 3,000 groups enter this year, so there will be a cause close to everyone’s heart.”

The Aviva Community Fund voting period runs until Tuesday 20th November, with winners announced on 24 January 2019. Now in its fourth year, the initiative has helped more than 2,000 groups. To vote, visit www.aviva.co.uk/community-fund