Health, learning and wellbeing at home
Domestic abuse - You are not alone
Staying at home may not be safe for everyone. For those experiencing or feeling at risk from domestic abuse, help is out there. If you can leave your home, go to Boots or Superdrug pharmacies in Harrow. A member of staff will give you a safe space to help you make contact with people who can help.
To find out what helplines and groups are available, see Staying safe: Domestic abuse.
Find out about how to recognise domestic abuse and ways to find help someone you care about here. You can also search #youarenotalone on social media.
Wellbeing at home
If you are self-isolating at home it can difficult to maintain a safe and stimulated environment, especially if you have a young family.
We have collected a range of online resources for all members of the family to keep you entertained while our libraries are closed.
You will be able to find resource to help with homework, eBooks, newspapers and magazines and keeping yourself healthy and motivated.
- Reading – adults
- Newspapers and magazines
- Reading – children
- Reading – young adults
- Homework help
- Resources for families and children
- Culture and activities
- Keeping Healthy
- Healthy Eating
- Keeping your mind occupied
- Helplines and websites
- Relate Family Mediation - a service fully geared up to supporting families through the crisis. Tel: 0300 0032324 or email [email protected]
- DAWN - provide a counselling service to the local community of Harrow and its neighbouring boroughs. Tel: 020 8427 6796 or email: [email protected]
- Need To Talk - offering 1 to 1 counselling supporting their clients or any client by telephone or webcam. Tel: call/ text on 07427548559 or email [email protected]
- Ignite Trust - During these challenging and uncertain times, Ignite Trust is working hard to ensure they continue to provide support to the boroughs most vulnerable and at-risk young people. Email [email protected]
- Every Mind Matters - Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
- Harrow Talking Therapies - If you're anxious or stressed about the impact of the virus on you or loved ones, Harrow Talking Therapies NHS Service is here to help. Part of the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapy service, it supports people who are self-isolating and worrying about what's going on, as well those with issues such as depression, bereavement and insomnia. We offer free confidential sessions via phone or video call.
EACH Counselling & Support - Offering four services to Harrow residents:
Free housing related support on managing housing issues such as rent arrears, applying for welfare benefits, developing independent living skills and accessing other services, for anyone who would benefit from the service as well as people with alcohol and drug issues and ex-offenders.
020 8577 6059 or 020 8961 8623.
Free specialist employment support for people with common mental health issues, from Black and Minority Ethnic communities, who are aged 25 or above and have been unemployed for a year or more.
020 8961 8623.
Domestic Abuse Counselling
Free specialist counselling and group support for women and girls affected by sexual or domestic violence and abuse.
020 8577 6059
EACH’s fee paying specialist counselling service helps people to address and cope with a range of issues and feelings, such as an abuse, addiction, feeling low and unable to cope.
020 8577 6059.
Harrow Council, Harrow CCG, and Young Harrow Foundation have put together a joint document signposting residents to a collection of some of the most helpful and trusted sources of information and guidance for children and young people’s wellbeing.
- During this tough time the Young Harrow Foundation has a collection of safe, local offers for children and young people.
- Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, from Public Health England.
- For young people – tips, advice and guidance on getting support for your mental health, by Young Minds.
- For parents and carers – advice on maintaining your wellbeing during self-isolation, by The Association of Psychological Therapies and Moodmaster.
- Support around challenging behaviour in these circumstances.
View tips for household welfare in English. Alternatively you can view these tips in foreign languages most commonly used in Harrow:
|Tips for household welfare in foreign languages|
نصائح لرعاية الأسرة
د کورنیو د هوساینی لسگونی ټکی
પરિવારમાં કુશળતા જાળવવા માટેનાં ૧૦ સૂચનો
Wskazówki dotyczące pomocy domowej
ده نکته برای خانواده ها
sfaturi pentru buna dispozitie a familiei
Talooyin ku saabsan Daryeelka Guryaha
வீட்டு நலனுக்கான உதவிக்குறிப்புகள்
دس اهم نقا ط فیملیز کی خیریت کیلیے
Harrow Virtual School will be regularly updating their catelogue of links to online learning resources. We do however, encourage school pupils to use their school’s learning platforms as a main resource and dip into ours if they need additional support and encouragement.
For more information and access to the online learning resources please see our Harrow Virtual School pages.
Support for the deaf, deaf/blind or hearing impaired community
Please note that if you are visually impaired and you are using a PC or laptop, you can press the 'Ctrl' and '+' keys together to increase the size of the text. This should make the text much easier to read.
You can contact Georga from the Sensory team between Monday and Friday 9am to 5pm:
Alexis Horam and Pauline Connolly support people with a visual impairment and can be contacted:
Further advice and information
To help our most vulnerable residents in Harrow we have opened a hotline that you can call us on.
Coronavirus Hotline telephone number
0208 901 2698
The Support and Wellbeing Information Service Harrow (SWiSH) helps people in Harrow to access information on topics including health, finance, education, housing and well-being.
Citizens Advice Harrow
The Citizens Advice Harrow offers free support and advice on issues including benefits, housing, debt, employment and immigration.
Scams and Fraud advice
If you receive any Coronavirus (COVID-19) scam calls or texts please visit Ofcom.org.uk.
Government advice and support
GOV.UK have a service to find out what help you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus. You can use it for yourself or someone else.
You can find information about:
- feeling unsafe
- going in to work
- paying bills or being unemployed
- getting food
- having somewhere to live
- mental health and wellbeing.