TVH helps young Hillingdon adults to support their community

Under 25’s in Hillingdon are being trained to help and teach local people with financial disadvantages, thanks to funding from Thames Valley Housing Association’s (TVH) Community Chest.

Haya (Horn of Africa Youth Association) will use the £5000 donation to train twelve young and disadvantaged adults to become Financial Resilience Champions, teaching them how to deal with financial difficulties they may experience. The champion’s knowledge will then be used to teach others in their community.

Rahma, a volunteer at Haya, said “This project will help many people from all different backgrounds in Hillingdon. It will Assist them with language barriers and provide them with all the tools they need to gain the confidence to be the best versions of themselves. It’s important we teach the younger generations how to manage their finances, so that their awareness can be passed on to others. Teaching the young will help them for the future as well as play its part in preventing homelessness.”

Tessa Bird, Community Investment Officer at TVH, has been working closely with this charity and recognises the hard work that they put into helping the younger generations. She said, “I’m really excited about this project and working with Haya, they’re an amazing organisation doing wonderful things in and around Hounslow & Hillingdon. The Finance Resilience Project will empower, support and build the financial capabilities of individuals and families, enabling them to better manage their finances. It’ll be great to see the difference it makes to peoples lives.”


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For more information about Thames Valley Housing, contact Klara Niklewicz, Digital Intern on 020 8607 0785 or email her:

Thames Valley Housing Association:

Thames Valley Housing Association (TVH), based in Twickenham, South West London, was founded in 1966. The association owns, manages and administers loans for over 14,500 properties in London, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Sussex. Thames Valley Housing provides affordable rented homes, shared ownership, market rent, student and key worker accommodation, working with eight NHS Trusts.

Horn of Africa Youth Association:

Horn of Africa Youth Association (HAYA) established in 2001, is one of the leading organisations in providing services and training opportunities in for the younger generations.  HAYA aims to promote the benefits of young refugees, by associating with local authorities and voluntary organisations in an effort to provide help within the issues involved with social welfare. The charity aims to improve the general conditions of people’s life.


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