Harrow Equalities Centre is joining forces with Harrow in Business (HiB), Voluntary Action Harrow (VAH), and the Consortium of Anti-Racist, Refugee and Minority Ethnic Associations (CARRAMEA) to deliver new projects that will benefit frontline voluntary groups in Harrow.

The initiative which is funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s Collaborating for Change programme, is part of a broader programme led by Ealing Community and Voluntary Service at an allocation of £965,000 across five West London boroughs. It aims to modernize support given by second-tier voluntary and community sector organisations to frontline groups, and Ealing CVS has contracted Harrow Equalities Centre to lead and oversee Harrow projects.

Throughout the programme – which is funded over an 18 month period to September 2013 – HiB will provide training to local groups on commissioning as well as set up a new community interest company; VAH will provide organisational development support to voluntary sector trustees and management committees; and CARRAMEA will develop a new shared premises for Harrow voluntary organisations.

Sami Aziz, Director of Harrow Equalities Centre said, “I am thrilled about this fresh approach to collaborative working. It is good news for Harrow’s diverse communities and good news for frontline organisations. Through these unique projects we will be able to build on and improve the way services are delivered to our communities. It is very exciting and could be the model for the future.”

Contact: Frank Anti, Project Co-ordinator, Harrow Equalities Centre, 020 8427 6504