On Thursday (22 September) the Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Rekha Shah, welcomed young people into the brand new centre which will be a central point for them to access support with education, training, employment and more.
The Harrow Youth Stop centre is run by Prospects, the education, employment and skills company, on behalf of Harrow Council to provide careers services for young people in the borough.
The drop-in centre will also be a place for young people to get other advice, in addition to careers support, on a range of issues they face. The centre will have different support agencies as well as Prospects advisers, enabling young people who visit to get all the help they need in one place rather than having to visit different, and sometimes intimidating, official offices. Young people have helped design the centre so that it is accessible and they feel at ease there.
Victoria Bunyan, known as Vicki, from Harrow spoke at the launch about the support the Prospects team and others based at the centre had given her. Vicki was unemployed and trying to choose her next step, as she was not sure about university, when her Dad suggested she contact the Harrow Youth Stop.
Vicki came in to ask about careers advice then through the support she received from the service she was also referred to counselling services too. Vicki started volunteering at St Luke’s Hospice in Harrow. Since then she has gained skills and experience, as St Luke’s have trained her for management. This has resulted in Vicki being offered and accepted a management role with the Hospice.
The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Rekha Shah, said: “We’ve seen today what a fantastic facility this is for The Harrow Youth Stop. The young people who have worked on the design for the centre have done a great job. I look forward to hearing more success stories from young people, like those who joined us today, who have been helped by this marvellous service.”
Cllr Christine Robson, Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for children and young people, said: “This new centre is a great example of how we and our partners are working together to Build a Better Harrow. It will make a real difference for our borough and help even more young people - especially those with special needs - to get the skills they need for work and a fair start in life.”
Judith Denyer, Operations Director at Prospects said: “We are delighted to welcome young people to the Harrow Youth Stop. While we provide careers information, advice and guidance, we know that other things in life can get in the way of making good decisions or being able to act on them which is why we’re so pleased to work with other organisations so that young people can get all the support they need.”
Visit the Harrow Youth Stop at The Twenty One Building, 21 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4ES between 1.30 and 5pm on a Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday.