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Fashion influencer Mariah Idrissi visits Harrow Horizons mental health service

Release Date: 22 May 2018

Muslim model, presenter and actress is taking part in FastForADay campaign to support Barnardo’s during Ramadan

British Muslim model Mariah Idrissi visited a Barnardo’s service in London today (May 22) as part of a Ramadan campaign to support the UK’s leading children’s charity.

Mariah, who rose to prominence in 2015 as the UK’s first Hijabi model through a high street fashion campaign, is taking part in #FastForADay, an influencer-driven campaign to raise awareness of Barnardo’s work in the British Muslim and wider BAME communities.

She met the team at Harrow Horizons, close to her home in north west London, to discuss their work supporting children and young people within one of the capital’s most culturally diverse boroughs.

Mariah Idrissi said:

With mental health awareness week just last week, the issues on mental health were once again brought to the forefront, an ongoing problem which affects thousands of young people around the country. It was great to visit Harrow Horizons to see how some of the most vulnerable children and young people are being supported by Barnardo’s. It’s reassuring that a centre like this is available locally and it was insightful to see the work that goes on behind services such as this.

Parminder Sahota, Harrow Horizons Service Manager, said:

We were really pleased to talk to Mariah about the work we’re doing to support children and young people in this diverse part of London. We work hard to connect with our local communities, so it’s fantastic to have the support of influencers like Mariah who can help spread the message that mental health can affect anyone, whatever their background or cultural experience.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan, said:

Fast For A Day is showcasing what the month of Ramadan means for hundreds of thousands of families, households and individuals throughout the UK. It’s fantastic to see Mariah Idrissi and other popular British Asians of all faiths come together to support Barnardo’s during Ramadan and our Time For Family campaign.

Harrow Horizons is a partnership between Barnardo’s, Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group and Harrow Council, providing emotional and mental health for children and young people aged 0 to 18, and up to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities. It launched in June 2017 in Pinner Road, Harrow, and has supported nearly 400 children and young people, working within local schools, the community and at the Harrow Horizons base in Pinner Road.

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Notes to editors

For more information please call Dan Hodges on 07887 737 048 or email dan.hodges@barnardos.org.uk

Harrow Horizons

Harrow Horizons works with children and young people aged 0 to 18, and young people with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25 alongside their families. It is run by qualified clinicians, experienced practitioners and volunteers, providing confidential, focused, targeted support for those who need it most.

Referrals can be made by email, phone and face to face from young people themselves, parents/carers and professionals, including GPs and those working in schools, social care and the voluntary sector.

For more information please visit www.barnardos.org.uk/harrowhorizons, call 020 8427 1322 or email harrowhorizons@barnardos.org.uk Alternatively drop in to Harrow Horizons at The 21 Building, 21 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4ES.

About Barnardo’s

Last year 272,000 children, young people and families were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes.

We work to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future. But we cannot do it without you.

Registered charity No. 216250 and SC037605


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