Our mission is to bring together local people, businesses, organisations and stakeholders to help make Barnet a better place to live and work for everyone, including the most vulnerable.
Why does Barnet need its own charity?
You may think of Barnet as a well-heeled, leafy London suburb. Look more closely and you’ll find many places in need of your help. 14% of residents have a disability or long-term health issues. More Barnet children live in poverty compared with the rest of the UK.
In recent years emphasis has moved away from the public purse and onto the charitable sector. Here in Barnet, your help is needed for local causes that benefit the young, the elderly and those with disabilities. Working together, you and Barnet Giving can give local people the chance that they need to help themselves.
Below are just some of Barnet’s challenges
- There will be a population increase of 33,810 between 2011 and 2021, with Colindale seeing a 56% (17, 917) increase and Golders Green a 113% increase.
- The over-65 population is forecast to grow three times faster than the overall population between 2015 and 2030.
- The life expectancy in the most deprived areas is on average 7.6 years less than the average for men and 4.7 less for women.
- Barnet will become increasingly diverse, mainly through natural change in the existing population. Colindale, Burnt Oak and West Hendon have populations of whom more than 50% are from BAME backgrounds.
- 14% of the population has a long-term condition or disability.
- Barnet has a lower than average percentage of people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities in work than in other areas. (Health and Wellbeing Strategy).
- The level of children living in poverty is 17,330 (21.2%) is above the England average (20.6%) and below the London average (26.7%).
- In housing, there is a long term shift in renting and away from owner occupancy (either outright or with a mortgage) showing that housing is not affordable and an imbalance between housing demand and supply.
- Average income is rising in Barnet, but this is mainly in more affluent wards with wage growth in other areas stagnating and even falling in real terms.
- Employers in Barnet say they can find it difficult to find people with the right employability skills, particularly in relation to having the right attitude, motivation and numeracy/literacy amongst candidates.
NCVO anticipates that there will a £4.6bn gap in community and voluntary sector income by 2018/19 at current spending levels. Voluntary organisations have lost significant amounts of government income, around £1.7bn since 2009/10.
There are an estimated 1400 charity and voluntary sector organisations in Barnet. A third operate without staff. Despite this, the sector as a whole, including the 854 registered charities, contribute an estimated £250m to the local economy.
 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Executive Summary, Barnet Council 2015-20
 State of the Sector, The Voluntary and Community Sector in Barnet. CommUNITY Barnet, March 2014