20 Oct 2020

Harrison Centre’s support for young people through COVID pandemic

More than £200,000 has been raised with the help of the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility to support those most affected by COVID-19.


As soon as the UK went into lockdown in March 2020, the Harrison Centre worked with its partners the Harrison Foundation and financial technology firm True Potential to raise much needed funds for charities and community groups.


The Harrison Centre for Social Mobility is focused on helping young people reach their full potential. With schools closed throughout the coronavirus lockdown, the Harrison Centre placed a particular emphasis on raising vital funds to support disadvantaged young people.


Of the £200,000 raised, donations have been made to charities supporting disabled young people as well as homelessness charities. The Harrison Centre also provided computer and IT equipment to enable remote learning.


Like many schools, the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility, based at the Beacon of Light in Sunderland, had to close during lockdown. However through the dedicated hard work of the team of tutors, the students at the Harrison Centre were able to continue their learning remotely.


Harrison Centre founder David Harrison said:


“This pandemic has been an awful experience for so many but we have also seen the very best in people. Whether it is charities and community groups stepping up to provide funding, support and resources to the most vulnerable, or tutors such as those at the Harrison Centre who have adapted quickly to ensure that young people were still able to learn during lockdown.


“I’m delighted that the Harrison Centre along with our partners at the Harrison Foundation and True Potential have been able to raise vital funds to keep much of this great work going.”