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21 March 2014

Friday 21 March 2014

On Wednesday 19 March London Youth member the Harrow Club became the first club to be presented with the Gold London Youth Quality Mark by the City Bridge Trust.

The London Youth Quality Mark recognises clubs that are doing the most they can to transform the lives of young people and in October it was announced that the City Bridge Trust would be investing in youth clubs across London to ensure that quality services for young people were being provided.

Under the new award scheme, all clubs that achieve a Bronze London Youth Quality Mark will receive benefits including access to London Youth’s programmes for young people and discounts at outdoor centres. In addition to these benefits, those clubs achieving the Silver level will receive an award of £5,000, and clubs that reach Gold level will receive an award of £7,000.

The Harrow Club are the first of London Youth’s member organisations to have achieved the Gold Quality Mark under the new award scheme and they were presented with their award by Billy Dove MBE JP, Chairman of the City Bridge Trust

“As Chairman of the City Bridge Trust I am delighted to present the first of our Awards which recognise the importance of all those people and organisations who help and support our young Londoners. These are difficult times for youth clubs but we all must do our best to see that they thrive for they are essential to helping young people reach their full potential. The Harrow Mission, which established services for young people here as far back as 1883, would no doubt be very pleased to see its work still in place and of a very high standard. Well done to all concerned!”

The Harrow Club runs a number of different activities ranging from sports sessions to volunteering courses. They also deliver youth services in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.

Rosie Ferguson, Chief Executive of London Youth, was impressed with the club and believes they are fully deserving of the award.

The Harrow Club does so much great work with young people not just in the local area but also in other boroughs in London and their programmes show that quality youth work changes young people’s lives. Youth clubs don’t need to be big or rich to make a difference, but they do need to invest in quality to make the most of the time and money they have available.

“These awards from the City Bridge Trust are so important because it means more clubs can afford to spend the time developing the quality of their services – and so will be able to do more to help young people overcome disadvantage and benefit from the opportunities open to them.”