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 Barnet Giving?
You may think of Barnet as a great place to live with people and communities who are doing well. Look more closely and you’ll find that there are parts of Barnet and Barnet residents who are struggling in some way. Barnet is growing rapidly, especially when it comes to children and older people, and it is becoming more diverse.
Here are just some of Barnet’s challenges:
- 1 in 4 children live in poverty – that’s over 20,000 under-15 year-olds
- Barnet has the highest number of dementia sufferers in London
- 1 in 5 people are in low paid jobs and youth unemployment is 35%
- 1 in 5 children are obese – a 30% increase compared to 5 years ago
- 1 in 5 residents have a disability or chronic health condition, and 50% are not in work
- the number of people experiencing poor mental health are above the London average
- people in the poorer parts of the borough die 4-7 years earlier than in the better-off parts
- there are high numbers of people who experience loneliness – and this affects residents across the borough
There are 1,400 community groups, neighbourhood groups and charities
aiming to meet those challenges and support residents and communities in need.
- 30% have an annual income of less than £5,000 and are run entirely by volunteers. 70% employ less than 10 staff.
- At least 40,000 Barnet residents volunteer and give back to their local community
- Altogether, Barnet’s community groups and charities contribute £250m to the local economy
- Due to public sector cuts and the economic climate, across the country, charities and voluntary groups have lost £1.7bn in public funding since 2010. The overall funding gap is £4.6bn, and small charities – like most Barnet ones – are affected the most
- Across the country, 78% of community groups have seen needs for their work/services increase
- For small charities, 50% of income comes from grants; 80% receive donations from the public
- 70% of small charities lack the fundraising capacity to do more fundraising events, appeals, campaigns, or grow trading activities
This is where Barnet Giving comes in.
We are here to make local giving and volunteering easy, and to support our small community groups and charities in raising the funds they need to keep supporting our most vulnerable residents.
We have enjoyed the support of Citybridge Trust, London Community Foundation, London Funders, Beatrice Laing Trust, Finchley Charities and LBBarnet.
Our figures come from the Barnet JSNA, NCVO, ONS deprivation statistics, CommUNITY Barnet’s State of the Sector report and Local Giving’s 2017 Sustainability Survey, and apply to the years 2010-2017.