“This week, community leaders and faith representatives came together for a special event to express solidarity with all those affected by the conflict in the Middle East,” shared Harrow Council Leader, Cllr Paul Osborn, in a message published in the MyHarrow newsletter.
Addressing the recent tragic events in Israel, Cllr Osborn conveyed the profound impact on Harrow’s residents, stating, “I know for many people in Harrow, these have been a deeply personal tragedy.”
He praised the efforts of Harrow Interfaith, saying, “Thanks to Harrow Interfaith for organising Monday’s important event. It was a privilege to be part of this expression of unity, at which all of Harrow’s faiths were represented, and at which we collectively shared our hopes for peace and security.”
Cllr Osborn added, “Diversity is Harrow’s greatest strength, and we must work hard to protect the harmony and togetherness we’ve built up.”
In light of concerns about community tensions, Cllr Osborn reassured, “We’re monitoring any rise in community tensions or hate crime. Thankfully, we’re not seeing the kind of incidents that have been reported elsewhere, but we must continue to be vigilant.”
Encouraging residents to report hate crimes, he stated, “Please report it to the Police by calling 101 or visiting report-it.org.uk. In an emergency always dial 999.”
Regarding support for vulnerable residents, Cllr Osborn confirmed, “Those families that qualify for free school meals have again received a voucher via their child’s school to help with the cost of food during next week’s break. The same help, with an additional £10 top up, will also be available over the Christmas holidays.”
He highlighted additional support made possible by the government’s Household Support Fund, saying, “Supermarket vouchers worth £200 are again available. These can be applied for via Citizens Advice Harrow.”