HAVCO works with several local organisations and is helped to do so with the help of health and social care services and the local council. These statutory bodies have pooled their investment and resources into voluntary and community funding to provide a better response to the increasing demand and reducing resources for local community services. The funding is delivered through investment and commissioning arrangements to ensure maximum value for money, meeting community need and effectively supporting the voluntary and community sector (VCS) to improve and thrive. This funding allows HAVCO to work in collaboration with a number of groups who provide support services for every age from cradle to the grave. Here are some of our partners:
Play Space is a pre-school open to all children aged 0-5 years and their parents/carers. Learning is based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school. Play Space offers a friendly indoor and outside area supervised by qualified nursery and kindergarten staff together with volunteers who include young people looking to gain experience to support applications to nursing and other child-care careers. Play Space also offers a healthy vegetarian lunch each day for the children and their parents and carers.
Bramley Manor is a supported housing complex for those aged 50+ years. There is a caretaker/manager on site who can be called at all times. There are also communal areas where residents can meet for one of the organised event nights, open to neighbours as well those within the complex. Bramley Manor is just one of the supported housing providers in the borough, all offering a secure, safe place for the most vulnerable, including those with long-term disabilities, people living with mental illness, people with disabilities, those at risk of homelessness and women fleeing domestic violence.
Turnkey Academy supports those aged 16+ to advance their skills and learning around technology. The Academy has a variety of science and engineering related courses including principles of engineering, communication graphics, drafting and computer-aided design and information technologies. Students are also involved in volunteering at STEM Week which aims to encourage more young people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning and careers.
Victim Support is funded by the council, but run by paid and voluntary workers trained to offer free, confidential, practical and emotional support to victims and witnesses of crime including domestic or sexual violence, anti-social behaviour, or hate crime, amongst others. This includes making their home secure after a burglary, applying for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, getting re-housed, or asking for counselling through a GP. The local services for young victims of crime includes specialist support for children who have to testify in court and for victims of grooming. As well as using restorative justice to help victims, the specialist services include the national Homicide Service, helping families bereaved by murder or manslaughter.
Thrive is a charity that aims to empower homeless families in Haringey to improve their welfare and enhance their quality of life. The work of a few paid workers and a lot of volunteer hours works towards reducing homelessness and improving housing conditions. Work is also done in other areas too, including to improve the health and well-being of homeless families, to influence and improve local and national policies and practices affecting homelessness, and to ensure increasing independence and access to mainstream services by those who are homeless.
The aim of Joy of Music is to provide a quality music education programme for financially disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Here young people can learn to play an instrument, read music or join a singing group. From country to classical, reggae to rapping via rock, all music genres are covered and instruments and recording space available to hire.
The Full Balance Project aims to provide a free, confidential and quality-assured advice service to residents in Haringey to ensure that everyone has access to advice around finances and budgeting. The services provided promote self-help where appropriate and offer casework support for those individuals who are unable to manage themselves. Help is provided by professionals and by trained volunteers, with services available to all sections of the population, irrespective of race, gender, disability, sexuality or means.
HIS enables full access, for those for whom English is not their first language, to publicly funded services in order to improve health, education and overall quality of life. HIS strives to be inclusive and believes in the right of every individual to be treated with respect and to equality of access to services. HIS believes in contributing to strengthening multicultural communities and promotes community interpreting and translating as keys to cultural understanding.