Aidexcel Support Services
£3956 funding for two Incredible Years parenting workshop programmes which will support 25 refugee families in North Finchley and East Barnet whose children have experienced trauma or loss
Established in 2009, AidExcel is a charity that aims to ensure that children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities have equal opportunities within their schools and communities. The focus of AidExcel’s activities is to develop the skills, capacity and confidence of parents, carers and children – specifically from BME and refugee communities. Their services are for parents of children and young people (aged from 0 to 25 years) living in the London Borough of Barnet.
Incredible Years Parenting Programme and Personalised Individual Parenting Training (PIPT)
This programme will run for twelve months from March 2017 March 2018 to provide support for parents of primary school children with conduct difficulties. The courses, which undertake Personalised Individual Parenting Training (PIPT), will be based on the methodology of Dr Carolyn Webster-Stratton and delivered by course leader with a masters degree from University College London and course trainer.
The project will be for families in North Finchley and East Barnet, mainly from immigrant communities with experience of trauma, dislocation or loss from tragedies such as war, genocide or torture. 25 families will benefit from the project with the aim to develop their parenting skills in the context of living in the UK, generate positive behavior within their children, foster better relationships with their children, ensure emotional wellbeing and improve longer-term educational and social outcomes for each family.
Friends of Barnet Environment Centre
£2710 to increase the support for volunteers who maintain and enhance the Byng Road Nature Reserve. This is
used by schoolchildren and the local community to engage with nature. The nature reserve will benefit children and families supported by Noah’s Ark.
About Friends of Barnet Environment Centre
Friends of Barnet Environment Centre (FBEC) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which aims to advance the education of its local community in natural history and nature conservation, by the provision of school visits, community events and other environmental awareness projects. The Friends organisation was formed in 1992 to support environmental education at the Byng Road nature reserve in Barnet (a 7.5 acre ‘Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation’) and in 2016 it secured the long-term future of its services by entering into a partnership with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and moving into a new purpose-built building.
In 2016, FBEC educated 1594 children, accompanied by 450 adults in visits from 47 school visits and 9 community group outings.
Volunteers to Create Accessibility to Byng Road Nature Reserve
The funding will allow FBEC to develop a programme to recruit volunteers, which are needed to facilitate school and community group visits. The money will also be used to improve accessibility by upgrading pathways to allow wheelchair access and increase the number of teaching sites within the reserve to protect fauna and flora as the capacity for visitors increases.
The campaign to recruit volunteers, beginning in Spring 2017, will include open days, door to door leafleting, contacting local businesses, volunteer information packs and volunteer induction and training.
Both volunteers and visitors will benefit from the funding. Volunteers can experience increased physical and mental wellbeing, understanding and expertise in ecology and conservation and reduced isolation. More visitor capacity will mean increased access to a green space and greater opportunities from hands-on ecological education.
Granville Estate Residents’ Association was set up in 2013 to provide for those living on Granville Road Estate. It aims to ensure that residents’ concerns are heard and to assist in making the Granville Road Estate a pleasant place to live. Run by residents, for the benefits of residents it encourages participation in the association, and welcomes contributions and views regarding welfare, quality of life and prosperity. The main work of GERA includes organising community events, voicing residents’ issues with politicians and governing bodies and fundraising.
The Active Elderly Coffee Club
For the benefit of 100 elderly residents, GERA will provide a weekly, well-being coffee morning and social activities, games and exercise at Child’s Hill Library beginning in April 2017. The grant will allow the volunteers who run the scheme to hire the library and purchase catering equipment and supplies, entertainment and exercise equipment and publicity materials.
The project aims to create fellowship and help otherwise isolated people to share time with each other in a safe, warm and comfortable environment that is easily accessible. The opportunity for social interaction will help reduce loneliness, provide stimuli for improved physical and mental health and allow more people to make use of local facilities and services.
Whetstone Stray Allotments (WSA) is a self managed Allotment site, with an elected Committee which manages and lets 150 allotment plots, mainly to Barnet residents. It aims to improve green space, and increase community cohesion through volunteering, ensuring accessibility for all. The site has public access pathways leading to the Dollis Brook green walk in Barnet, and WSA encourage its members to garden with nature, use organic practices, and support biodiversity, for example by making ponds. It also holds volunteer working parties to teach gardening skills.
Community Allotment Project
Two plots of about 500 square metres have been set aside for use by community groups with the aim of giving people who are disabled or disadvantaged experience of allotment gardening and being in nature, both for their own benefit and to make our community more inclusive and connected. The experience will include green exercise, outdoor activities, learning skills, sustainably grown food, healthy eating, social interaction and community inclusion to bring a sense of achievement, improved mental and physical wellbeing.
The project will develop a schedule to encourage regular attendance with mentoring by community volunteers coordinated by Barnet Active Volunteering and Barnet Mencap, on behalf of WSA. The grant will support the project by paying for materials to construct raised beds and wheelchair accessible walkways and planting.
The Hope of Childs Hill (THOCH)
£3,795 to run monthly Hope for the Next Generation workshops for 90 local young people who are not in education, training or employment, helping them to build confidence and communication skills, providing career advice and support with applications for training and employment.
The Hope of Childs Hill is a constituted voluntary organisation established in 2016 by a small group of local Childs Hill residents to give a voice to, and respond to, the needs and wishes of local. THOCH aims to improve services for local people, engender a sense of belonging, encourage participation and integration, improve cross-cultural understanding and give the community a voice.
THOCH provides an array of services voluntarily to the local community such as support services, Health and Wellbeing, Employment Support and social activities. Its ONE-TO-ONE leadership programme assists young people in danger of exclusion by mentoring youth members through their formative years and promoting excellence in their education. Other programmes supports to 16-25 year-olds into education, training or employment. And it provides advice on job-searching, CV writing, interview skills and support for people to start their own businesses.
Hope for the Next Generation
This project is for 10 monthly workshops will assist 90 young people not in education, employment or training by helping them to build confidence and communication skills, providing career advice and support with applications for training and employment.
The workshops will be delivered in Childs Hill, and will operate on a rolling basis, with young people coming for as long as they need to, until their circumstances change (i.e. they gain employment). The sessions will be advertised locally, through Childs Hill Library, Community Barnet and Hope’s own networks.
The main goals for the young people in the programme are Improved employment and educational prospects, greater knowledge of educational opportunities available and improved confidence. The grant will fund an experienced facilitator, promotional materials, venue and IT equipment.