Barnet Giving is a local initiative that provides time, skills and money to support local good causes. It brings together local people, community groups, charities and businesses to build a better borough for everyone.
Based on the belief that we can all give something – time, skills and money – we aim to channel those resources into joint action that addresses local needs and challenges.
Acting on facts and with a deep knowledge of our community’s key issues and assets, we aim to help deliver people-friendly support, self-help and social action.
We are part of a London-wide movement breaking new ground on how communities can solve issues like poverty, exclusion, loneliness, mental health and unemployment, from the grassroots.
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Barnet Giving is led by Inclusion Barnet, a Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisation, working in partnership with CommUNITY Barnet, which supports, promotes and co-ordinates Barnet’s voluntary and community sector.
As a charity led and staffed by disabled people we know how to overcome barriers to participate in society, and we want everyone to have the same opportunities. We are committed to Barnet Giving as a way of creating a local community where everyone is included and has better life chances.
At some point in our lives everyone needs help. We actively encourage people from all sectors of society to get involved with Barnet Giving on an equal level. Only by working together, can we create opportunities for everyone.
“Partnership and sharing our skills and expertise has always been key to success in the charity and community sector,” said Julie Pal, Chief Executive of CommUNITY Barnet. “This is why we are proud to be a founding member of Barnet Giving – one of the most exciting initiatives to be developed in Barnet in recent years.”
CommUNITY Barnet’s mission is to empower, enhance and engage community and voluntary services (CVS). It is Barnet Council’s Strategic Community Development Partner and provides training and advice, supports local communities (such as young people, patients and parents) and also represents local people’s views at key Council and service meetings.
We understand the needs of local people and also their enthusiasm to support local good causes, in whichever way they can, whether that’s through volunteering, neighbourly acts or donating time and money to local charities.
Toby Blume, Chair, Barnet Giving
“It is a privilege and an honour to be the first Chair of Barnet Giving and to play a part in developing something positive for our communities. As a firm believer in the idea that local solutions to problems are more likely to be sustainable and effective, local giving schemes are an ideal way to bring about positive change in our communities. With my experience of grant-making, fundraising and working at a community level, I feel I have something to contribute to the development of Barnet Giving.
“We have the potential to bring people together, to work towards common goals to make Barnet a better place for all of us.”