Our second group of volunteers are rising to our fundraising challenge by organising a ‘Fun and Fitness’ day at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre. The team who meet weekly at Community Space in Edgware decided they wanted to put their talents to good use by showcasing the wide variety of accessible sport that’s available in the borough. The day will incorporate a number of demonstrations and exciting taster sessions with the aim of giving everyone the confidence to try something new. Watch this space to find out more!
A high street opticians is the first local business to pledge its support to borough-wide charity Barnet Giving. Specsavers North Finchley held a bake sale last weekend to announce its on-going partnership with the charity, raising more than £200 for the cause. Specsavers North Finchley store director and co-owner Ajay Patel said the team had decided to partner with Barnet Giving after learning about the different programmes it has helped to fund and run. ‘Barnet Giving seemed like the perfect fit when we were looking for a charity partner for our store, because they really want to see this borough thrive. We’re very grateful for the North Finchley community in supporting us over the years and we wanted to do something to give back. Most importantly, we know our funds will stay in the local area. While Specsavers North Finchley does not charge for glasses repairs, they are now encouraging customers who use this service to make a small donation to Barnet Giving. Barnet Giving co-ordinator Emma Hatfield, who was at the bake sale over the weekend, says: ‘We’re very grateful for Specsavers North Finchley joining us as our first official business supporter. The bake sale was such a success and really helped to spread the word about Barnet Giving.”
New volunteers are busily getting stuck in at the Barnet Environment Centre, thanks to a grant from Barnet Giving. The ‘Make a Difference Weekend’ held on 14-15th October saw nine new volunteers join existing regulars to cut a pathway through the meadow to facilitate the building of the hospice Noah’s Ark. Work was also undertaken elsewhere with younger volunteers working right across the weekend to help clear up the autumn leaves. Meadow management has been an important part of the Centre’s autumn and winter programme, as has the refurbishment of Skater Pond. Both of these areas will be used in the Centre’s rapidly expanding Education programme which has seen pupils from more than 54 primary schools take advantage of the Centre’s plentiful learning resources. Said a Year One teacher at local primary school Foulds: “The children particularly enjoyed how practical and hands-on the sessions were. The science was really brought to life giving the children a meaningful experience they could relate to”.
Whetstone Allotments are celebrating another great year of progress. Thanks to Barnet Giving’s funding they held their first outdoor classroom activities in April 2017 and took part in the national day for community gardeners, the Big Dig, where volunteers were able to plant potatoes and stock up the pond as well as enjoying a hearty barbecue. June’s warmer weather saw a visit by Kew Garden’s Grow Wild team who commended the allotment’s volunteers for progress made in developing native and bee-friendly planting. The team also received praise at the London Harvest Festival in September for their spectacular container planting. The year ended particularly well for volunteer facilitator Les Moore who was awarded a Local Food Growing Hero by community initiative, Growing Together.
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.
Come and support our group of volunteers who have been hard at work planning their fundraising activities for Barnet Giving. Building on the success of last year’s fundraising challenge our team has decided to sell a delicious selection of cakes and bakes at the East Barnet Festival and will also be holding a raffle. To have a chance of winning some fantastic prizes and to sample some delectable treats come and visit us on Saturday 7 July in the tea tent.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Our 2017 Charity Christmas Cards are now on sale. The five original designs by the winners of our Barnet School Christmas Card Competition, which was open to school pupils across the borough.
The five winning designs were:
‘Merry Christmas’ – Suhana Basu, London Academy
‘Christmas Tree’ – Onida Haxihasani, Moss Hall Infant School
‘3 Fir Trees’ – Yashee Bheekha, London Academy
‘Santa on his Sleigh’ – Sienna Manthorpe, Moss Hall Infant School
‘Robins’ – Lucie Velikova, Moss Hall Infant School
All proceeds go towards helping people in need across the borough.
OPEN TO STUDENTS aged 5 to 18 in the London Borough of Barnet
Can you create a winning design to raise money for local good causes?
We are looking for five winning designs to go into the official Barnet Giving Charity Christmas Card pack 2017. We will be selling the packs across the borough, in shops, at Christmas festivals, on our website and at offices, schools and sports clubs. All the money raised will help people in need, living in communities near you.
So put on your best creative hat
Grab your sketch pad, pencils or paints
You could be named as Barnet Giving’s Christmas Artist of the Year in your age category.
HOW TO ENTER
First your school must enrol in the competition by completing the enrolment form here. Once you have enrolled we will send out the entry pack which allows pupils to submit their artwork.
- Years 1 to 2 (5 to 7 yr olds)
- Years 3 to 6 (8 to 11 yr olds)
- Years 7 to 9 (12 to 14 yr olds)
- Years 10 to 11 (15 and 16 yr olds)
- Years 12 to 13 (17 and 18 yr olds)
As well as raising money for local good causes, the competition aims to bring together communities across the borough. There will be a judging panel of local creative people and the winners will be announced at a gallery showing of all the shortlisted artists at one of the participating schools.
You can read the rules and conditions of entry here.
A big thank you to everyone who came out to support us at our Tombola stall at the East Finchley Festival last Sunday. We raised over £300, which will help disadvantaged local people across the borough of Barnet. We would like to thank all of our helpers and everyone who donated prizes.
We would also like to thank:
Never Never Land Toy Shop, Fortis Green, N10 3EJ
The Chandos Arms, Colindale, NW9 5DS
Lynn Herrick Photography, East Finchley, N2 8HN
Costa Coffee, East Finchley, N2 9PN
Yoga Sisters UK, Barnet, EN5 2PN
The Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley, N2 9PJ
The RAF Museum, Hendon, NW9 5LL
The Old White Lion, East Finchley, N2 0NW
Oakdale Pharmacy, East Finchley, N2 9AG
Thank you for your kind donations of vouchers, yoga classes, cinema tickets, gift sets and toys. We really appreciate all your help and we hope that we can work together again in the near future.
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