Communities Together Network Bulletin 01 Feb 2019

The Communities Together Network has restarted in earnest to continue building Barnet’s Strong, Successful and Shared Communities for 2019.

Our first meeting will be on 6 March, 10am - noon with the theme of Responding to the Community Needs.

The last survey to understand the needs of Barnet’s community was conducted in 2014. To be able to respond to the community needs we are working with Inclusion Barnet, Young Barnet Foundation and Volunteering Barnet. We encourage you to complete this survey as it will be your opportunity to tell us what your priority needs are. The results will be unveiled at our meeting on 6 March.

The NVCO has produced a report highlighting trends that may impact charities in 2019 here.

Do you know of someone who should receive recognition for their work in the community? Then nominate them for a New Year’s honour award here! (Groups can be nominated here)

Barnet News

Barnet and Southgate College win Healthy Workplace award

Barnet and Southgate College is a proud recipient of the London Healthy Workplace Charter commitment award, recently granted by the Mayor of London. The Healthy Workplace Charter is a self-assessment framework that recognises and rewards employers for investing in workplace health and wellbeing. If your Business is interested in applying for the Award, we can help with the process. Contact

National Park City Festival Event Briefing (January 31st at City Hall)

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Te Mayor of London is working with the National Park City Foundation to make London the world’s first National Park City in July 2019. Londoners will be invited to do their bit and make the city greener, healthier and wilder. Organisations who specialise in culture, health and fitness, mental health and community buildings, as well as the environment, wildlife and conservation will be encouraged to attend. For info on the event explaining how to apply for a grant click here.

Upcoming Local Events

Finchley Central Gardening session to be on Thursday 21st February


This session will be family friendly and open to all members of the public during half term. Energy Garden/Repowering will provide high visibility wear, gardening gloves, tools, plants and biscuits but bring your own water and Thermos! For more information contact

Fairtrade Fortnight 25th Feb -10th March

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Middlesex University is proud to hold the highest level of Fairtrade accreditation. During Fairtrade fortnight on the 25th Feb at 11am they will be holding a fair in the Quad with a focus on Female Empowerment. For more information please contact

Sadaqa Day Sunday March 24th

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Sadaqa Day meaning Charity Day, is back and now in its 5th year! It’s a day to be as creative as you like, link it with work you are already doing, get every age group involved, keep it simple, see it as a way to start new relationships or build on some you already have. Everyone is welcome for information on how to get involved please visit for more information and to receive goodies to use on the day.

Grahame Park Neighbourhood change Thursday 28th March

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In March 2019 there will be a follow up event to share the evaluation findings and recommendations of the Grahame Park neighbourhood change. Residents and Partners involved in Grahame Park are invited to attend, network and feed in views around priorities for the recommendations going forward. It will be held at Grahame Park Old Library, The Concourse, London NW9 5XL on from 9.45am to 12noon. There will also be a light lunch served and you’ll be required to register your attendance on Eventbrite. For more info contact Paul from Community Regen.

Volunteer Support Surgery (12 February)

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Do you need support with managing or recruiting volunteers? Why not book onto one of Volunteering Barnet’s free Organisation Support Surgeries? Register here before coming along, to get a head start. The location will depend on the most convenient place to meet. This could be at your office, or somewhere accessible in Barnet.

Book a place here and Volunteering Barnet will be in touch!

Young Barnet Foundation West/South Locality Meeting (26 February 9.30 – 11.30am)

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The Young Barnet Foundation is the umbrella organisation for the local voluntary, community and faith sector for young people in Barnet. Established as part of the Young People Foundation, it has a growing membership and this meeting will be the first of four in 2019 to support partnership working in the West and South areas of the borough. Venue: NW7 Hub - Mill Hill Library Building, Hartley Avenue, Mill Hill, NW7 2HX. For more information click here.

Stop Press: If you have an event that is planned in Barnet for April – June and want it to appear in the March edition of Barnet First, please let us know here.

Upcoming National Events

World Cancer Day campaign (4th February)

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Whether you do something as large as running your own World Cancer Day campaign, or as simple as sharing our template messages amongst your networks, every action has an impact.
There are a wide variety of ways to get involved. Click here for ideas on how you can get involved.

LGBT History Month (February)


It’s time to start planning for LGBT History Month 2019. This year our theme is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation. To get involved please click here.

Time To Talk Day (7th February)


Get talking and break the silence around mental health problems. Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. Click here for more information

Random Acts Of Kindness Week (17th Februray)

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National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations, nationwide, to encourage acts of kindness. It is a favorite day to many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness.

Care Day 15 February Care Day 2019


Celebrate the rights of children and young people who are in care this Care Day. It’s a day where the childhoods of these children and young people are encouraged to thrive and they are motivated to achieve their dreams so they go onto have a future that is fulfilled. It is also an opportunity to illustrate how care experienced people can feel different to others and why. For more information click here.

International Women's Day March 8th March 2019


Women have come a long way, yet there's still more to be achieved. As the world heads toward International Women's Day 2019, step-by-step planning is underway to celebrate women's achievements.The International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference?

Funding opportunities

National Vegetarian Week Grant

This year we have a fund to help support National Vegetarian Week community activities and events. Added to your enthusiasm, time, creativity and energy, a grant could make all the difference. All not for profit organisations in the UK can apply. Grants are between £200 and £2,000.

The deadline is 3rd March and 14th April. Apply for fund

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation building long-term resilience within Communities.

The purpose of the EPIC Grant Programme (Empowering People In Communities) is to enable local voluntary and community organisations to access funding that supports the following broad outcomes: Increased resilience within communities Increased self reliance Improved and stronger relations. Grants are between £10,000 and £80,000.

The deadline is 18th March Apply for fund

Field Studies Council

Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council's Kids Fund

The deadline is 1st March Apply for fund

Woodward Charitable Trust (The)

The Woodward Charitable Trust primarily funds charitable organisations (charities, social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK and can make grants for overseas projects usually via UK charities. Each year the trustees of the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years.

Trustees only fund programmes that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays. Grants are between £500 and £1,000.
The deadline is 1st  March Apply for fund

Sport England

Formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies. The aim of the fund is to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development. Priority will be given to projects that increase the number of adults participating in moderate intensity sports; and projects seeking to reduce the drop off rates for 16-19 year olds. Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within ten weeks. Grants are between £300 and £10,000

Deadline: Rolling. Apply for fund

Big Lottery | Reaching Communities & Partnerships

You can apply for over £10,000 to support communities to take action on the issues that matter to them. Read the guidance for Reaching Communities or Partnerships, and use the box here to share details about your organisation as well as: what you want to do and why; what difference you think your idea will make and how the community is involved and the length of your project budget and how much funding you’ll need

The deadline is rolling. Apply for fund.

Mayor of London | European Social Fund

This fund will support a range of skills and employment programmes that support adults and young Londoners who are furthest from the labour market and those who face in-work poverty. They will be supported to gain skills, progress in education, and to find and progress in employment. Slides from an information session are here.

The deadline is 22 February. Apply for fund.

More fundraising information from and

Barnet Council Tender opportunities

For all of the London Borough of Barnet’s tender opportunities please follow this link.

Key Engage Barnet consultations:

Review of Capita contracts:

Barnet Care Leavers Local Offer:



Barnet Community Directory

Help us to grow our Barnet Community Directory!


Sign up to the Barnet Community Directory. This is Barnet’s searchable database that organisations can add information about their services, so that other groups (and the Council) in Barnet can signpost residents and potential users.

 The Directory also provides an easy to use platform to search for organisations that can help launch joint funding bids by working with partner organisations on a variety of projects.

About the Communities Together Network (CTN)

The CTN is the Barnet’s forum for the community and faith sector, police, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Council to share information on issues relating to community participation, cohesion and safety. The CTN is led by Community Participation and Equalities at Barnet Council and takes place three times a year.

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