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Introduction and News from our CEO, Julie Pal

I doubt I’m the only person pleased to see the back of April 2017. What a month! Some welcome sunshine but also freezing cold nights with snow, hail and heavy frost in many parts of the country. That said the month of May has proved to be somewhat unsettled so far but I am looking forward to warmth, growth and promise of the summer ahead.

As the General Election looms the role of charities as campaigners and lobbyists is again raised.  If you have any queries please contact the Electoral Commission for guidance.  Mencap with Redcar and Cleveland Council have produced an easy read guide to voting which some of you may like to pass on to your members – but of course the most important thing is that everyone who is eligible to vote must register by 22 May and exercise their democratic right. 

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is issuing this alert to charities as regulatory advice under section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011.  Over 200,000 organisations, including the National Health Service (NHS), in 150 countries have been affected by a recent ransomware attack. The vulnerabilities exploited by the hackers are the same for charities as they are for individuals, public or private sector organisations. Charities could be at risk and are urged to be vigilant. Read what they have to say here

I am delighted that Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with BEH Mental Health Trust (BEHMHT) has been shortlisted in the HSJ Value in Healthcare Award for ‘Improving The Value Of Primary Care Services’ where the new Barnet Wellbeing Hub has been showcased as a collaborative partnership between our sector and the BEHMHT with support and funding from the CCG on how to manage demand and improve the resident experience of accessing early wellbeing support.  The category has some strong applications but I think it is heartening that both statutory agencies are beginning to understand the contribution of our sector but more importantly are investing in the local sector. I wish them the best of luck.

Lastly, keep an eye on our website and social media channels for our upcoming recruitment announcement, coming soon.

We hope all of you have a great Spring Bank Holiday.

The General Election – Caution over Campaigning and Media Activities

As Theresa May calls a snap general election to be held on 8 June, we explore why charities and other campaigning organisations must be sensitive to the nature and tone of their campaigning and media activities.

While charity law provides that charities can undertake political activity albeit in a non-partisan way, electoral law means further rules apply in the run up to elections to all organisations that campaign but are not actually political parties or candidates. Read more.

Don't Forget to Register to Vote by 22 May 2017

Please encourage your members young and old to register before 22 May 2017.  If you haven't already registered click here.

Volunteers' Week 1 - 7 June 2017!

If volunteers make a difference to your charity, community or organisation then make sure you’ve got Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June in your diary! It’s the annual campaign to be part of to thank your volunteers and celebrate the difference they make.

Employee Right to Work in the UK

All UK employers, no matter how large or small and no matter what sector they operate in, must check that their employees have permission to work in the UK before they start work. Following last year’s referendum and looking ahead to Brexit, compliance in this area has never been so critical for charities and not-for-profit employers.

Employers that are unable to produce acceptable evidence of carrying out right to work checks may be fined up to £20,000 per illegal worker. In the 3 month period from July to September last year (2016), the Home Office issued fines of over £10 million, with over half served on employers in London and South East England. Unpaid fines will be referred to the Insolvency Service which may result in company directors being disqualified for failing to comply with their statutory obligations.

Find out more from Russell Cooke Solicitors here

Community Barnet's Parenting Programme Comes to a Successful End!

After nearly 6 years of delivering the accredited 13-week Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities (SFSC) programme for Hard to Reach (H2R) parents and carers in Barnet, the Barnet Community Parenting Consortium (BCPC), led by CommUNITY Barnet, is looking forward to celebrating the successes of the graduates and their families in June to mark the end the project.

A dad and lone parent said, ‘my ability to view things from my teenage daughter’s position and control myself has improved’. Read the full article here.

Barnet Wellbeing Hub is Open for Business!

Barnet Wellbeing Hub is now up and running at the Meritage Centre in Hendon. The hub is offering personalised support, information & advice, advocacy and many other services.  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. Contact the team to find out if an Independent Examination is the right route for you.

Contact: Keisha Chidziva
Tel: 020 8364 8400 ext: 234

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.

Care Closer to Home
Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group invites you to attend its public engagement event on Thursday 22nd June 2017.
Care Closer to Homethe provision of health services nearer to where people live, will be the focus for the event. Feedback to Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group indicates that we need to improve public awareness and understanding of Care Closer to Home.
We welcome the opportunity to involve the public in decisions intended to increase access to local NHS services in Barnet. Book this event here

Refreshments and a buffet lunch, will be provided.
Date: Thursday 22 June
Time: 11.30 - 3.00
Venue: Sangam Centre, 210 Burnt Oak Broadway, HA8 0AP
Tel: 020 8364 8400

Mind in Barnet Launches New Employment Service!

The Building Better Opportunities programme is a new project at Mind in Barnet, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, part funded by the European Social Fund. The aim is to support, enable and empower those with mental health experiences move into work and sustain employment for 6 months.  Support will be provided for 6 months and if successful in moving to employment a further 6 months of tapered support is provided. If you are interested in being involved and want to read more about this exciting opportunity click here.

Looking for Members to Join Steering Group for New Children & Family Service

One-Eighty is an Award Winning Psychology Behaviour Support charity that has grown from a beginnings in Oxford and is now reaching into London. The new site is a children and family service, which schools, social services and individuals will be able to access. We would like to create a steering group so that the service starting in West/North London will meet the needs of the services and people it aims to support. If you have experience managing a healthcare service in your area and feel your experience could help guide this children's charity to best meet the needs of people in your area please consider joining our steering committee. Commitment will only be three meetings per year, and every voice will be valued. For more information contact or telephone 01865 23 68 69.

Interested in Improving Social Care and Health? We Need your Knowledge and Enthusiasm!

Join the People Bank to get involved and have your say. With your help, we can make changes to areas in health and social care that are important to you. You can get involved as much or as little as you want.
You can join a working group on a topic that interests you, help decide our priorities for the year at our Annual Engagement Summit, or become a resident representative on our Involvement Board.
To find out more, click here or get in touch on or 020 8359 4712.

Speed Dating for the Over 50s!

In response to the growing problem of social isolation, Home Care Preferred and Age UK Enfield have teamed up to give Enfield’s over 50’s the opportunity to meet new people, find new friends and explore potential romances. There will be a variety of different events on offer to suit different personalities. Volunteers and a compere will be on hand to break the ice and facilitate conversations and activities. For more information about the different activities on offer click here.

Date:  Various dates from 20 April 2017 to 21 September 2017
Time: Various
Venue: Various around Enfield

North Finchley Musical Festival

The North Finchley Musical Festival is looking for local acts to play at various venues in North Finchley on the weekend of 20 - 21 May 2017.  If this is you contact 

Date: Saturday 20th May & Sunday 21st May 2017
Time: 12pm - Midnight (9pm on Sunday)
Venue: Various cafes and bars in North Finchley

To Celebrate Volunteers Week! 
To mark Volunteers' Week, Volunteering Barnet is holding a Volunteer Fair on Wednesday 7 June at the Arts Depot in North Finchley. The fair is the perfect opportunity for volunteers, and people who are thinking about volunteering, to meet organisations of all shapes, sizes and causes from all around Barnet. Find out how the smallest action can make the difference. The event is open to people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds, and is entirely free to attend. Find out more here.

Date: Wednesday 7 June 2017
Time: from 2pm
Venue: Arts Depot, North Finchley, London N12 0GA

Grange Big Local AGM, Saturday 17th June 2017 from 2pm
The Grange Big Local AGM will be on the afternoon of 17th June at St. Mary's Parish Centre, 279 High Road, N2 8HG.  Come along, join in, and take the opportunity to shape Big Local in our area.  Whether you're interested in joining the board, getting involved in task groups or just want to find out more, East Finchley residents are welcome.  There will be tea and cake!  

Date: Saturday 17 June 2017
Time: from 2pm
Venue: St. Mary's Parish Centre, 279 High Road, N2 8HG
Book here or contact us for more information.

Many More Events on our Facebook Page!

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

Seven Financial New Year's Resolutions

The new financial year is under way - so it's time to balance your budget and get your house in order. With the new financial year under way, there’s no better time to establish some good habits that’ll see your charity through the coming year. If you want to balance your budget and get your house in order, you should consider the following…Read more.
Free Money Advice at the Rainbow Centre

We are non-judgemental and recognise that many of us suffer financial difficulties at one time or another, often through no fault of our own. You can discuss your money problems with Stuart, our experienced money adviser, so there’s no need to struggle alone.

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
Advice Service for East Finchley Residents
Citizens Advice Barnet have partnered with Grange Big Local to bring an advice service to East Finchley.
This service is confidential, impartial and independent. It now operates at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Centre at 279 High Road in East Finchley on Fridays.
The service is available to East Finchley residents by appointment only through the Citizens Advice Barnet Helpline on 0300 456 8365.

Date: Every Fridays
Time: By appointment only
Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Centre at 279 High Road in East Finchley

Clarion Digital Communities Fund

Grants are available for charities and community organisations working across the UK to support Affinity Sutton and Circle residents of all ages to get and stay online and to build the skills, motivation and confidence to use the internet safely as an everyday tool.

Grant Size: £1,000 - £5,000
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 19th May 2017
Apply here

'Partners for Health' Grants Programme 2017

For projects that can demonstrate:

  • It will benefit people experiencing significant barriers to health
  • A new approach or a thoughtful development of service
  • Working with an expert health agency/provider.
For more information click here.

Grant Size: Up to £10,000
Deadline: 5pm Thursday 25th May 2017
Apply here

HIV Prevention Innovation Fund for 2017-18

Public Health England (PHE) will formally open applications to the Prevention Innovation Fund for 2017-18 in the week commencing 8 May 2017. The application period will run for a minimum of four weeks and close in early June 2017. Interested parties can register their interest in the fund by sending an email with their name, email address and organisation name to: They will be informed when the application and supporting guidance materials are available. 

Deadline: Early June 2017

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.

Emotional Health Check Training

Community Barnet invites you to attend one day training workshop on Emotional Health Check (EHC):
EHC is an evidence based, non-clinical form of engagement to help people identify and act on their priorities. 

What will participants gain from attending?

• Understanding of Social Prescribing
• Understanding of theory underpinning Emotional Health Checks.
• Confidence in using Emotional Health Checks effectively.
• Understanding the principle of short term interventions.
• Evaluation of Emotional Health Checks.
Date: Wed 31 May or Wed 28 June or Wed 26 July
Time: 9.30 - 4.30
Venue: Community Barnet, Barnet House, Whetstone
Cost: Free
Book: Click on the dates above to book your place.

Safeguarding Children and Young People Level 1

Aimed at front line staff this course covers a variety of child protection issues and is suitable for anyone who comes into contact with children either as part of their working life or on a volunteer basis.

What will participants gain from attending? 
  • Understand what is meant by the term ‘Abuse’ 
  • Know the forms abuse may take 
  • Recognise signs and symptoms 
  • Understand how to respond appropriately to disclosures of abuse 
  • Understand roles and responsibilities towards children 
  • Understand the legislation and guidance concerning safeguarding children at risk  

Date: Friday 16 June
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm 
Venue: Community Barnet
Cost: £25
Book here

Introduction to Safeguarding Adults Level 1

The Care Act 2014 highlights the importance of safeguarding adults. To maintain standards and care for vulnerable adults, there is increasing importance for staff and volunteers within the voluntary, statutory and private sector to be well informed about safeguarding, knowing what to do when a concern is raised. 

What will participants gain from attending? 
  • Understand what is meant by the term ‘vulnerable adult’
  • Know the forms abuse may take
  • Recognise signs and symptoms
  • Understand how to respond appropriately to disclosures of abuse
  • Understand roles and responsibilities towards vulnerable adults
  • Understand the legislation and guidance concerning safeguarding adults at risk
  • Train others in safeguarding adults at risks controls within their healthcare working environment

Date: Friday 27 June
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm 
Venue: Community Barnet
Cost: £25
Book here

Barnet VCS Data Protection Workshop
The Barnet Group in partnership with Groundwork London would like to invite delegates from the Barnet voluntary and community sector to a free Data Protection Workshop. The workshop will advise on best practice in keeping data on your service users safe and how you share information with other organisations. The workshop will also cover upcoming changes that may affect their organisation post-Brexit.

Date: Friday 19 May 2017
Time: 10am-12pm OR 1pm-3pm
Venue: Committee Room 1 - Barnet House, 1255 High Rd, London N20 0EJ
Two sessions will be delivered:
Cost: FREE
Book here

Wellbeing Workshops at Barnet Council

Barnet Council are offering a range of Wellbeing & Mindfulness workshops at Barnet House:

15th May - Building emotional resilience in ourselves and our clients
22nd May - Applying Acceptance and Commitment Approaches to people with psychosis - A new paradigm
24th May - A solution Focussed approach to achieving change management
25th May - Developing skills in Positive Risk Taking - Theories and Practice
29th May - Working well with Primary Care - Reaching in and engaging
31st May - Exploring issues of inter-dependency between professionals and service users

For more information about the courses and to book your place click here.

Volunteering in Support of Older People

Are you able to spare a few hours a week to help older people in our community? The Good Neighbour Scheme for Mill Hill and Burnt Oak has a number of services it requires help with: Minibus Drivers, Lunch Clubs, Befriending, Lifts (with mileage allowance) and gardening. Training and on-going support is given to all volunteers. Our services which address the issues of fragility, loneliness, isolation and bereavement would not exist without the goodwill and support of our volunteers. Do contact us if you would like more information.

Telephone: 020 8906 3340 (24 hour answer phone when office closed)

Inclusion Barnet is looking for Library Volunteers!

Inclusion Barnet is looking for volunteers to support their library services in East Barnet and South Friern Libraries. These will be run in partnership with Barnet Council from April 2017.

Please click here to find out more about these interesting opportunities!

Contact Androulla at to ask any questions and to arrange an informal chat. Feel free to call her on 020 3475 1313. 

Finance Officer

Barnet Mencap provides support for children and adults with learning disabilities/autism and their family carers.
We are looking for someone to join our successful Project Support Team.

You will:

  • Provide an effective finance service for Barnet Mencap
  • Ensure the timely payment of invoices and bills and maintain accurate finance records
  • Undertake the payroll
  • Plan, monitor and review budgets. For more information about this vacancy and to apply click here.

Closing Date: Monday 22nd May 2017
Interview Date: Friday 2nd June 2017

Later Life Planner Service Triage Worker

Age UK Barnet is looking for a triage worker for their Later Life Planning Service. The purpose of the post is to provide the first point of contact for the service. This includes dealing with telephone enquiries as well as people attending appointments and drop-in sessions at the office.
The salary is £23,660 pro rata and the hours are 21 per week.
The Later Life Planning service aims to enable older people living in the London Borough of Barnet, and their carers, to manage and plan for the challenges of ageing whilst retaining independence, choice and control in their lives.
Applications for this post are only accepted if they submitted on the Age UK Barnet application form. No CVs, letters of application or other application formats will be accepted.
The closing date and time for applications is 5pm on Friday 26 May 2017 with interviews taking place on Thursday 1 June 2017.  Applications should be either emailed to Lorraine Simmons here or sent by post to:
Loraine Simmons
Age UK Barnet
The Ann Owens Centre
Oak Lane
East Finchley
N2 8LT
If you have any questions about the post please contact Age UK Barnet on 020 8432 1419 or email Jenny here  (applications should not be submitted to this email address)

East Finchley Open Spaces Strategy

Grange Big Local has commissioned Space + Place Design to produce an open spaces and environment strategy for our pocket of East Finchley. Fill in the questionnaire and help us shape potential projects for the area.

Transport for Cancer Patients

Healthwatch Barnet is interested in hearing about the experiences of people who are travelling to and from cancer appointments. If you or someone close to you has undergone cancer treatment in the last 2 years and would be interested in filling out a short survey please click here.

Or if you would like to talk to one of our volunteers about your experience please call us on 020 8364 4800 ext 218 and we will arrange a time for them to call you.

Newsletter and Information Sharing

If you have any news or information that you would like us to include in our newsletter, please send it to our newsletter email address. Two hundred words or less and attach your logo. If you are sending event information, please do not send it as a PDF. We do try and include all information sent to us; however, there will be times that this will not be possible. 

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