We were so pleased to be able to attend Whetstone Stray Allotment’s Community Open Day last week. The site has been transformed since our last visit with vegetables a-plenty and brand new walkways giving disabled access across the area. The apple harvest was particularly plentiful and hungry attendees sat down to a delicious lunch of pumpkin soup with freshly-pressed apple juice, marking their most successful growing season yet.
Inspired to volunteer? – Have a look at our VOLUNTEERING TOGETHER project
Who can join?
Young disabled people (18 — 30 years)
A social action project for Barnet Giving – to fundraise, awareness-raise, do good, learn skills, meet new people, become a local champion
Between now and October — at a time your groups decides
For how long?
Where your groups decides to meet
from Emma Hatfield, our Co-ordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org; 020 3475 1314
Barnet Giving is pleased to announce its new local business supporter is North Finchley Specsavers.
The team at the North Finchley store is already planning a summer fundraising challenge and there will also be a Barnet Giving collection box in-store.
Says Specsavers’ Director and Optometrist Ajay Patel: “We are really keen to support local good causes and fundraising for Barnet Giving will enable us to specifically help the community in the area in which we live and work.”
To mark its 30th anniversary, Specsavers is also planning a celebratory event later this year at which it plans to present Barnet Giving with a cheque for monies raised.
Thank you to everyone at Barnet House who purchased raffle tickets or donated to Barnet Giving’s Easter raffle.
We raised a whopping £733 thanks to the great work of our CommUNITY Barnet colleagues.
Barnet Giving is delighted to announce the five local organisations that will receive funding in its first round of grant-making: Aidexcel Support Services, Friends of Barnet Environment Centre, Granville Residents’ Association, Whetstone Stray Allottees Association and The Hope of Childs Hill were all successful this week in securing grants between £2,500 – £4,300 for projects that will help hundreds of people across the borough.
Caroline Collier, Chief Executive of Inclusion Barnet, the charity that runs the Barnet Giving initiative together with CommUNITY Barnet commented, “We are delighted to be making these awards, which allow us to help local charities and community groups working on the ground to provide valuable support to disadvantaged residents. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success to date including London Community Foundation, our delivery partners.
Working in partnership, we are committed to strengthening local links to help people feel more connected to their community. For its first grant round, Barnet Giving, which works with a panel of local residents to set its priorities and consider applications, focused on projects helping people to overcome social isolation, develop their skills to get into work and succeed in education and improve their neighbourhoods and green spaces.”
The projects funded this Spring are:
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Julie Pal, Chief Executive of Community Barnet commented, “Our first batch of awards is reflective of the diverse nature of social issues that Barnet as a Borough faces. We have seen different areas of the borough benefit too. We hope that more people will get involved so that we can support even more local good causes in the future. There are lots of different ways to help – people can find out how to get involved on our website.”
Barnet Giving grants are awarded annually. To raise the funds for local people in need, Barnet Giving encourages residents, workers, students, organisations and employers to get involved through volunteering, fundraising and sponsorship. More details at barnetgiving.org.uk