- gets residents and businesses engaged with their local communities
- raises funds for local good causes
- fosters local philanthropy
- encourages local volunteering
- helps local people, communities and groups to fundraise
- raises awareness about local needs
- promotes local community support services, projects and initiatives so they reach more residents and receive more support
Our first grants in March 2017 went to
Whetstone Stray Allottees Association – funding towards work on a community plot, including the creation of wheelchair-accessible walkways, and to extend a community gardening project for people with disabilities run together with Barnet Mencap and Active Volunteering Barnet.
Granville Residents’ Association – funding to run a year’s worth of weekly, volunteer-run coffee mornings and activities at Child’s Hill Library to help 100+ elderly people overcome social isolation and improve their well-being through social, creative and physical activities
Aidexcel Support Services – funding for two Incredible Years parenting workshop programmes which will support refugee families in North Finchley and East Barnet whose children have experienced trauma or loss
The Hope of Childs Hill– to run monthly 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.
Friends of Barnet Environment Centre – funding to increase the accessibility and usage of the Byng Road Nature Reserve in Barnet to children with disabilities or life-threatening conditions, and to offer more environmental education opportunities.