Harrow United Deaf club (previously known as Harrow Asian Deaf Club) was formed in June 2009 by its now President Mr Asif Iqbal MBE. The club has successfully grown as one of most popular deaf club in Harrow because it opened its doors to other deaf communities as well as hearing people learning BSL. In consequence there is a great sense of pride in diversity and supporting each other.
Members of all ages and faiths meet in an informal and relaxed social environment. It is open to all deaf and hearing people and their families from across the ethnic and religious community. The club organises a range of social and educational events as well as providing help and support for its members. Importantly it acts as a lobbying and liaison group to ensure that deaf people can access local and national services.
Deaf children and hearing children of deaf adults enjoy a range of activities including art & craft, drama and games, and older people take advantage of the meetings to get out of their homes and reduce their social isolation.
Membership of members grew from strengths to strengths, together with our Committee members, Ambassadors, Patrons and several Volunteers, meet monthly, usually with activities based around a theme, e.g. H M The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, London Olympics, Chinese New Year, Valentines Day, Easter, Eid and Diwali, Christmas and Hanukkah.
Working in partnership with other organisations, the club provides educational programmes designed to empower and inform members. Invited speakers discussed on local and national issues. The discussion groups enable members to have a voice on issues that affect their daily living, and ensure they have full access to information and services that they may otherwise not be aware of.
- Harrow Asian Deaf Club and Harrow Council at New Year London’s Parade that wows the world
- Harrow Deaf Awareness Day involving Harrow Council and a wide range of local and national organisations.
- ‘How to set up your own business’
- Bowel cancer Awareness with a speaker from the Bowel Screening Programme
- ‘How keep to Safe’ with speakers from Harrow Police and Harrow Council Adult Safeguarding Unit
- Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transsexual (LBGT) Awareness
- ‘Fight for your Rights’, including British Sign Language Rights
- Understanding different religions with Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish speakers.
- Miss India Worldwide, who is deaf talking about her personal journey.
- Gerry Hughes, who is deaf talking about his sailing journey.
- Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration
- Harrow Mayor’s Special reception
- City Hall reception with Navin Shah London Assembly Member
- Chinese New Year Celebration
- How keep to safe with Chief Superintendent Neil Wilson of Harrow Police and Virginia Wilkinson of Harrow Council’s Safeguarding Unit
- Harrow Poppy Day
- Harrow Council Reception with Former Chief Executive Michael Lockwood
- Harrow United Deaf Club 5th Anniversary include singer, Rochford Irish Dance Group, Bengali dancers
- Friendly match Harrow United Deaf Club v Harrow Police Team
- HUDC Stall at St George’s Day, Pinner
- ‘First Aid – keeping people safe’
Special outings for members include successful annual trips to Holland, Paris, Brighton and Alton Towers.
This is an extremely active and vibrant club with an enthusiastic and competent committee leading a fully participative and growing membership. It has the full support of Harrow Borough Council and several of the councillors (including Past Mayors) are Ambassadors of the club.