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Harrow’s Islamic leaders back mental health service for 0-18s

Release Date: 16 Aug 2017

Islamic leaders in Harrow are backing a pioneering Barnardo’s service that provides specialist mental health support for the borough’s children and young people.

KSIMC President Mustafa Jaffer handed a cheque to Barnardo's Chief Executive Javed Khan at the launch of the new Harrow Horizons service.

The KSIMC of London, the Husaini Islamic centre in Wood Lane, Stanmore, is encouraging its younger members to take advantage of the support now on offer at Harrow Horizons in Pinner Lane, which the children’s charity launched in July after being jointly commissioned by the NHS and Harrow Council.

Harrow Horizons provides targeted support for children and young people aged 0 to 18, and those with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25. Pupils from Harrow schools have been involved in the design of the service to create an informal and welcoming environment that puts children at ease.

Anyone can make a referral by phone, email or face-to-face, including teachers, parents, health professionals and young people themselves.

President of The KSIMC of London, Mustafa Jaffer, donated £500 in support of the service at a launch event in July, and he is now urging members of the community to help young people feel confident in asking for help with mental health issues.

Young people have helped shaped Barnardo's new Harrow Horizons service.

Mr Jaffer said:

There are so many pressures on children and young people today.  We all have a role to play in helping them to stay mentally well throughout childhood, adolescence and their teenage years.

“It’s so important that Barnardo’s and its partners are reaching out to vulnerable young people through services like Harrow Horizons. The KSIMC of London and the Muslim community in the borough are committed to doing all we can to support this initiative, whilst helping our members and their families understand that it’s OK to ask for help.

Lynn Gradwell, Director of Barnardo’s in London, said:

We’re so grateful to the members of the Husaini Islamic centre for their donation, and for helping Barnardo’s and our partners to spread the word about the support that we’re offering to all children and young people in Harrow.

Having the community behind us really helps to reinforce the idea that whatever age you are, it’s important to talk about mental health and the challenges that many of us will face in our lives.

The support available to children through Harrow Horizons includes drama, music and art therapies, psychotherapy and counselling, mindfulness and yoga. Children can use credits to choose sessions that best suit their needs.

The team also has links with the borough’s specialist children and adolescent mental health service, which supports those with more severe mental and emotional health issues.

To make a referral or for more information please call 020 8427 1322 or email Alternatively visit or drop in to Harrow Horizons at The 21 Building, 21 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4ES.


Notes to editors

For more details please contact Dan Hodges on 07887 737 048 or email

Picture captions: (1) Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan and Barnardo’s London Director Lynn Gradwell chat to Mustafa Mohammed Jaffer, President of the KSIMC of London, the Husaini Islamic centre in Stanmore, which donated £500 to support the new service; (2)  Mustafa Mohammed Jaffer, President of The KSIMC of London, the Husaini Islamic centre in Stanmore, hands a cheque for £500 to Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan (3) Young people from Harrow have been helping to design the new Harrow Horizons mental health and wellbeing service

Harrow Horizons:

Provides targeted support for children and young people aged 0-18

Helps young people with special educational needs and disabilities up to age 25

Works in schools and in the community across Harrow

Provides confidential, focused support for those who need it most

Barnardo’s has been pioneering an outcomes-based approach to schools-based counselling and emotional health and wellbeing services since 2007, and this approach underpins the Harrow Horizons service. Harrow Horizons is funded jointly by Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group and Harrow Council.


Last year 272,000 children, young people and families were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, including young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, and through 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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