Crutch Haringey is a four year project that has been set up by Citizens Advice Haringey to help people in crisis or financial hardship. It is primarily based in Tottenham and over the four years they will cover N17, N15 and N22. Dean Wigzell is Project Team Leader for Crutch Haringey and is responsible for managing and overseeing the development of the project and building partnerships within the community. He explained the work Crutch Haringey are doing and how locals can get involved or donate.
Crutch Haringey provide support to all Haringey residents that are identified as being ‘in crisis’. These people can be referred by Citizens Advice Haringey, other local organisations or through self-referral. The support provided can come in the form of emergency food supplies, access to a clothing bank, fortnightly free hot meals delivered with the Antwerp Arms Association or through workshops and sustainability activities. In October Crutch Haringey will be delivering back to work support and are looking to establish a community garden.
Funded by the Big Lottery Help Through Crisis Fund; Crutch Haringey was started after MoneyWise Haringey, who supported Haringey residents when the Universal Credit Benefits system was introduced, found that practical support was required to help with difficult financial periods.
The project depends on local volunteers, in particular people with experience of some of the issues that Crutch Haringey provide support for. Dean explained, “we are always on the lookout for new volunteers who are keen to help their community to help itself.”
Crutch Haringey require volunteers in a number of areas including helping to maintain food supplies, contributing to the monthly newsletter or proving support at local events. Anyone interested in getting involved should get in touch (details at the bottom of this article).
People can also donate by providing tinned and packet foods or unwanted clothing. They are in particular need for men’s clothing at the moment.
From 5th October – On the first Wednesday of every month from 9.30am to 12.30pm Crutch Haringey will be hosting a Kick Start drop in session from their office in Waltheof Gardens, N17 7DN. Everyone is welcome and attendees will have access to their services including IT facilities for job searches and basic IT support. It will be an opportunity to meet other local people over a cup of tea or coffee and a newspaper or book.
Wednesday 12th October – Crutch Haringey are hosting an official launch which is open to all the community where attendees can gain a further understanding of their work, how they want to help the community and how the community can get involved.
20th October – Crutch Haringey will be running a workshop which will provide people who are seeking employment with a better understanding of their skills. Places are limited and you can sign up via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/finding-the-right-job-for-you-tickets-27821781698 or by getting in contact on the channels below.