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January 2018

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Introduction and News from our CEO, Julie Pal

Welcome to January 2018 – a big year for Londoners as we start the countdown to the local elections in May of this year. Many of us will be watching with interest to see how the local political debates emerge over the coming months and to anticipate the impact of the winner onto the fortunes of the local voluntary and community sector.

‘Britain thinks’ is a strategic think tank reviewing and assessing our opinions. In January its latest survey described ‘the mood of the nation’ as ‘uncertain, anxious and divided’. Is this true? Is this how you feel?

Stuart Etherington – CEO of NCVO in his new year blog believes that charities have an even greater role in helping communities to cope with the bumpy ride that 2018 is promising to bring.

We, at CommUNITY Barnet believe that local organisations have a vital role in helping to create a sense of belonging and connectedness to the local area.  We know that you, our members and supporters connect people to causes, connect people to each other and more importantly connect them to something larger which helps them to make a difference to the world around them. We remain committed to working with you all to continue to make that happen over the year.
One of the greatest pleasures we have had over the past few months has been to attend your Annual General Meetings. I have tried to attend as many of them personally, but I know the wider CommUNITY Barnet team have loved going out and hearing about your successes, your lessons learned and more importantly being able to connect with your members, service users and trustees.
We must all remember that it is our sector which is the glue that keeps individuals, communities and ultimately society together.
On behalf of CommUNITY Barnet I would like to wish you all a successful, prosperous and exhilarating 2018.

GDPR Countdown........Are You Ready?

Charities potentially have the most to lose from the GDPR, and yet typically have the smallest budgets to prepare for it. Charities live and die by their database of donors and supporters. Under the GDPR they will be required to provide evidence for every single name on that list to prove their opt-in status. Read more.

Training Courses

The Institute of Fundraising is running a series of webinars to help fundraisers address the challenges and opportunities that the implementation of the new GDPR will bring. For more information and to book click here.

Contribution to Your Staff's Pension Goes up to 2%

The minimum amount you have to contribute into your staff’s pensions goes up from 1% to 2% of qualifying earnings from 6 April 2018. Your staff’s minimum contributions will also go up from 1% to 3% at the same time.

Final increases will take place in April 2019, rising to a minimum of 3% for employer contributions, and 5% for staff.

How Employment Law Will Affect You in 2018

Are you expecting employment law to be a bit quieter in 2018? If so, think again. New changes are set to hit UK businesses hard. And don’t forget, some of 2017’s big issues are still having a huge impact. But don’t panic, read on to get a head start. Read more.

WANTED: Patient Representatives for Public Engagement in Healthcare Commissioning

Barnet CCG is looking for 4 individuals to act as the 'voice of the patient' on the Patient Public Engagement Committee. 2 people will be recruited from Patient Participation Groups (PPGs), associated with local GP practices, and 2 will come from the community of 400,000 health service users in Barnet.

Interested people are invited to apply for this important voluntary role by 5.00 pm on Monday 5th February 2018.

Further details and an application form are available at:

Are you a family carer for a child who has a learning disability, global developmental delay or is on the Autism Spectrum?

Then you might be interested in becoming a Programme Facilitator for Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS)

E-PAtS is an 8-session group that provides sensitive support and information for families in the early years. All groups are delivered by an experienced professional and a family caregiver and cover:

  • Accessing services and supports
  • Emotional wellbeing and resilience for caregivers
  • Supporting sleep for children
  • Supporting communication
  • Supporting skills development
  • Positive approaches to behaviours that challenge
If you would like to find out more about becoming a facilitator or have any questions please contact Valerie Lam, who will be happy to discuss this with you. Call Valerie on 020 8349 3842 or email

Leonie Lewis, Director of Jewish Volunteering Network Receives an MBE!

JVN trustees and staff are delighted to congratulate their Director, Leonie Lewis, on receiving an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to the Jewish community.

Leonie has been giving her indomitable energy to the UK Jewish community for over 30 years and continues to have a major impact on many areas both inside the community and as a key external representative. As Director of the Jewish Volunteering Network, she has grown the charity from its inception 10 years ago to become a beacon of excellence in volunteering. Its success and reputation are such that other faith groups are now using it as a template to emulate in their own communities. 

Online Watch Link to Launch in February
Barnet Neighbourhood Watch in conjunction with Barnet Police and The Council are rolling out OWL in early February.

OWL - Online Watch Link, assists communities feel safer, helps reduce crime and keeps people informed of what's going on locally. It's a shared, secure platform for the public and local authorities to maximise the potential of Neighbourhood Watch, Rural Watch, Business Watch, CCTV Watch and dozens of other schemes. OWL sends the latest local crime alerts and provides management tools for maintaining and expanding watches.  So far, we have 19,002 residents signed up.
Would you like to know more? Visit the OWL website.

FREE Stand Up Comedy/Stop Motion Programme for 13-16 Year Olds

Are you a young person who may be interested in taking part in the FREE stand up comedy/stop motion programme over February half term: 12/02/2018 - 16/02/2018 at the RAF museum?
It will be confidence building, motivational and a lot of fun, it would be great to have some young people there.

There are limited spaces so please email or call or text 07826 183 405 to book your place.

Download the flyer here.

Would You Like to Represent Barnet in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon on 22nd April 2018? 

A 5k trial race is taking place on Saturday 3rd February at 9am, Oakhill Park, Barnet. 36 places are available across the following three age groups (6 per group), for young people that live or go to school in the borough: Boys and Girls – Under 13 , Boys and Girls – Under 15 and Boys and Girls – Under 17. 

If you know any young people who would be interested in the mini marathon please down the registration form here.

Many More Events on our Facebook Page!

Please visit our Facebook page to find out about events happening in Barnet:

Free Money Advice at the Rainbow Centre

Rainbow Money Advice offer Barnet residents advice on money and issues such as Bathroom aids, Benefits, Benefit Appeal, Benefit health assessments, Broadband failure, Budgeting, Council Tax, Disabled Person’s Freedom Pass, Debts, Discretionary Housing Payments, Disrepair, Energy Tariffs, Grants, Parking ticket, and Telephone charges.

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: By appointment
Venue: Rainbow Centre, Dollis valley Drive, Barnet EN5 2UN
Tel: 020 8441 9837 or 07981 760 399
Cost: FREE

Download the flyer here.

Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Affiliated with Community Money Advice Authority: FRN 777733

Educational Grants for Looked after Children and Young Carers
The British & Foreign School Society have created a new programme dedicated to improving approaches to the educational attainment of ‘looked after children’ and young carers in the UK. Through their funding and non-financial support they wish to pilot novel approaches to improving the educational attainment of looked after children and young carers which can be scaled up so that in time they are able to take advantage of opportunities afforded by tertiary education and employment.

Grant Size: £20k+
Deadline: 9th April 2018
Apply here

Funding To Improve Existing Community Facilities 
Funding is now available from Garfield Weston Foundation to provide new or improve existing community facilities.
Their 60th Anniversary Fund however is different as they will consider funding the entirety of a project, or help to complete your fundraising, with grants ranging from £30,000 to £150,000.

Grant size: £30k - £150k
Deadline: 30 June 2018

Our Facebook page is packed with lots more funding opportunities and news.  To keep up to date with information please like our Facebook page.
Specifically aimed at meeting the needs and requirements of the local voluntary and community sector, providing a variety of free and low cost training courses on a wide range of subjects to support both staff and volunteers in the Voluntary, Community and Faith sector.

Join Our Healthy Living Programme!
Are you struggling to keep to your diet? Need help maintaining healthy living? If you live in Barnet, help is available via the Healthy Living programme.

It is an innovative, easy to use, online intervention delivered by accredited clinicians to help you to maintain a healthy diet and suitable and achievable exercise choices. The aims of the Healthy Living programme are simple and include:
  • Helping you to identify the factors that contribute to your difficulties with maintaining healthy eating and exercising strategies
  • Show you how to better manage those urges and cravings
Date: Monday 29th January 2018
Time: 8pm - 9pm
For more information and to book your place:

Safeguarding Training Courses
We offer a range of Safeguarding training courses for your staff and volunteers:

31 Jan 18: Introduction to Safeguarding Adults, £25
12 Feb 18: Safeguarding Children & Young People Level 1, £25
19 Feb 18: Introduction to Safeguarding for Trustees, £FREE

Venue: Community Barnet, Barnet House, Whetstone, London N20 0EJ
Book: Click on the above links for more information and to book your place!

Accredited Level 2 Course in Mentoring for Young People Aged 16-25
CommUNITY Barnet will be delivering a 6 week accredited Level 2 course in mentoring. You will complete 6 volunteer sessions with a local charity and also gain a Level 1 certificate in Safeguarding. You will also learn how to make podcasts and vlogs!

Date: Starts Tuesday 13th February 2018 and then every Tuesday
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Venue: Barnet & Southgate College - Colindale Campus

Interested in applying? Or have any questions, please contact James Hughes, Youth Engagement Officer at Community Barnet on 07809 342 942 or email 

Deadline for contacting James is Monday, 29th January 2018.

Emotional Health Check Training

CommUNITY Barnet has been delivering Emotional Health Check (EHC) training to voluntary and community organisations who want to provide wellbeing services to residents through the Barnet Wellbeing Hub since May 2017.

Originally, Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) developed the EHC as an engagement tool which could be used by non-clinicians to broker a conversation with residents concerned about their wellbeing.  The resulting (three) priorities would then inform a Wellbeing Plan which could be used by the Navigators located in the Barnet Wellbeing Hub to signpost people to organisations who could support their particular needs.

We have trained over 100 individuals over the past six months from more than 20 different organisations based in Barnet. We have also provided ongoing support to the Wellbeing navigators in order to respond timely and effectively to the high volume of referrals to the Wellbeing Hub.

Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018
Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm
Venue: Community Barnet, Barnet House, Whetstone, London N20 0EJ
Cost: Free
Book: Click on the dates above to book

This course gets booked up quickly so don't delay in securing your place!
Please also visit our website for our full course listing.

Volunteers Needed to Join School Board at Ellern Mede  - Specialists in Eating Disorders Treatment

Ellern Mede are looking for volunteers to join the school board in an advisory capacity. Meetings take place monthly and Advisory Board Members are asked to sit on the panel and make recommendations when necessary.  For more information and contact details click here.

Would You Like a Young Person to Volunteer at Your Organisation?

As you will have seen from our newsletter, Community Barnet is offering a Mentoring course for 16-25 year olds. We are looking for a range of charities to offer six session volunteer placements to these young people, e.g. whether that be working with older people, young children, environmental activities, education activities, play and/ or sports sessions. The placements will start around mid-February and be finished around end of March/ early April. CommUNITY Barnet hopes that this placement will encourage young people into longer-term volunteering, possibly for your group.
If you are interested in hosting a young person for their placement while they complete their accredited Mentoring course, please contact James Hughes, Youth Engagement Officer on 07809 342 942 or email

Volunteer to Run our Volunteer Service!

Would you like to increase your office and administration experience? Are you keen to help other people?
Do you like volunteering?

We are looking for volunteers to run our volunteer service. This involves using a computer and databases, email and Word documents to link volunteers with new opportunities. You will talk to local residents and organisations on the phone. We also run stalls at community events to encourage people to volunteer and to explain what’s involved.

You will be managed by a member of staff and receive training, support and supervision.  If you would  like more information or would like to express an interest in volunteering for this role please contact Helen Harte by emailing

Volunteering Opportunities in Barnet

Want to try something new? We have lots of volunteering opportunities in Barnet.  Please click here to see a full list of volunteering opportunities and how to apply.

Please follow the Volunteer Centre Barnet Facebook and Twitter pages too for up to date information.  

The following vacancies are available in Barnet. Please click on the links below for more information about the role and how to apply:

Conscience: Taxes for Peace Not War, Researcher, Closing Date: 12/02/18 
Barnet Carers Centre, Care Coordinator, Closing Date: 12/02/18 at 9am
Barnet Carers Centre, Senior Adult Carers Support & Outreach Officer, Closing Date: 14/02/18
Inclusion Barnet, Communications Lead, Closing Date: 14/02/18

Open Consultations at Barnet Council

Engage Barnet is a new way for you to get involved in local decision making at a time and a place that suits you. Barnet Council will also keep you updated on how you can get involved in your local community. Click here to see the current list of open consultations.

Barnet Wellbeing Hub

The Barnet Wellbeing Hub provides a flexible, holistic, person-centred approach focusing on your individual needs and wellbeing. There are many services throughout Barnet.  The Hub makes it easier for you to access the different services from one location.

To get in touch telephone 03333 449 088.

Independent Examination of Financial Accounts

Community Barnet can independently exam all financial accounts of charities with an income of up to £250,000. Did you know we also can provide your charity with payroll services too? Contact the team to find out if an Independent Examination is the right route for you.

We are very competitively priced compared to high street accountants! 

Contact: Eric Asamoa
Tel: 020 8364 8400 ext: 302

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

Our friendly team is always on hand and available to support people through their applications should they need that extra support. If you have any further questions or you would like to book a DBS check:

Contact: Sian Avery
Tel: 020 8364 8400 ext 217
Cost: An enhanced volunteer check costs £15 and an enhanced check for a paid member of staff is £65.

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