Barnet First

Barnet First is the resident's magazine produced by Barnet Council. In each edition we feature some of our favourite volunteer roles, and you can see the latest opportunities, with links, below. 

Volunteers at Home-Start Barnet - see below for details of Home-Start's wonderful roles.

You can apply for these opportunities, and many more, by registering on our website: Click "Opportunity Search" and enter the role title or organisation name.

If you have any questions about these opportunities, or how to apply, get in touch with Sarah: or 0300 365 9960.

You can find the rest of the magazine in the digital archive here.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “if only I could make a difference to somebody’s life…”?

Home-Start Barnet offers emotional and practical support to local families facing issues such as isolation, financial difficulties, depression, disability, health and domestic abuse.   Volunteers receive training to visit families in their own home for a few hours each week, supporting parents to grow in confidence and strengthen relationships with their children.

You will need to be friendly and understanding. Following training you will be matched with a family enabling you to develop skills, self-confidence and gain valuable experience, all whilst supporting your local community.

Perinatal Health Coach

Family Health Coach

Home-Visiting Volunteer

Are you passionate about recycling and experienced in DIY? Barnet Furniture Centre have diverted 650 tonnes from landfill since 2011, and support people facing financial hardship by providing low cost furniture. Volunteers with carpentry or DIY experience are needed to help upcycle furniture and complete minor repairs.

Willing gardeners needed on a regular basis to keep Barnet Hospital’s small garden neat, tidy and appealing. Volunteer as an individual or in a group whilst enjoying the outdoors and helping make hospital visits more enjoyable all patients and visitors. No experience necessary, just a willingness to get hands dirty!


Most residents of care homes are unable to get to their local audiologist whenever there is a problem with their hearing aid, and that could mean months before it gets fixed. Such a small thing can have a huge impact – no chatting or taking part in activities. By visiting care homes regularly, you’ll ensure hearing aids are cleaned, batteries changed and smiles created. Full training provided.

Hearing Aid Technician

Passionate about reading? Beanstalk trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support to thousands of children who struggle with their reading ability and confidence. By becoming a Beanstalk Reading Helper you can help a child improve their reading ability, self-confidence, love of reading and overall school work. Share your passion by volunteering with Beanstalk today!

Reading Helper

Barnet Borough Scouts are looking for adults to help lead exciting activities in groups based right across Barnet, catering for young people aged from 6-18 years. Volunteers, alongside the scouts themselves, plan a diverse programme of activities with a big focus on getting outdoors, camping, expeditions and fun activities.

There are 11 roles with Barnet Scouts. Find out more by searching "Barnet Scouts" on Volunteer Connect.

A huge range of charity shops across the borough are looking for volunteers, including All Aboard Shops and a new RSCPA shop in North Finchley. Volunteer in a charity shop to gain new skills and make a valuable contribution to local charities.

Find a charity shop near you by getting in touch with Volunteering Barnet: or 0300 365 9960


Previous editions

July 2017​
March 2017