News Archive: 2015

New Year, New Funding

This dynamic and practical two day course leading up to our Funders Fair, is designed for anyone who wants to know how to develop an idea, formulate it into a project and successfully apply for funding! We have two training/workshop days. You will then be able to pitch your idea at a Funders Fair on the 3 March 2016

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Opportunity of the week – Activities Support

Living with a child's diagnosis can place considerable strain on the whole family and in recognition of this the Family Support Volunteer programme was established in 2008 to help families cope with the demands of providing constant care.

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Opportunity of the week - Blogger

The Royal Air Force Museum aims to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections. They are looking for a blogger to help

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Trustee Case Study, Meg Kirk

Meet Meg Kirk, a Trustee for Barnet Mencap, who offers her time and skills to helps support the organisation in reach their aims and goals.

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Green Grants for London

This is your chance to apply for a grant of up to £12,000 to create greener, healthier spaces in neighbourhoods across London.

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Opportunity of The Week - Office & Business Development Role

Community Souls Cleaning Company tackles unemployment within the community by training and supporting those dependent on benefits or low incomes and offering them paid work, as well as supporting personal and professional development. All profit generated is reinvested into Community Souls to support our youth projects, promoting positive change from within the community.

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Opportunity of The Week - Diabetes UK Barnet Group

There are over 17,000 people live with diabetes in Barnet, but few of these people are aware of the support available. The Diabetes UK Barnet Group are looking for someone who can help them to promote the group and increase the numbers of people they reach.

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Consultation for Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Barnet’s Clinical Commissioning Group and Barnet Council are planning how they will support residents to stay healthy and lead active, independent lives over the next four years (2016 – 2020). They now want to hear your views on whether the plans are right for the people of Barnet.

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Meet our volunteer: Emma Fielden

Emma has been volunteering for the volunteering services for over a month now. Find out her story and what she gets up to on a day-to-day bases.

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The Harvest Stomp at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

On Saturday 19th September, 12pm-6pm, we'll be celebrating a year of local food growing with communities across east London and beyond. The Harvest Stomp is a new community festival being held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to celebrate local growing and local produce.

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Trustee Opportunity - Living Way Ministries

Having developed a range of needs-led activities, Living Way Ministries now need innovative, fun loving, people conscious and conscientious volunteers on their Trust Board to raise the bar of our achievements.

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Job oppotunity - Estates Reuse Assistant

The Estates Reuse Assistant supports the Groundwork London and the London Community Resource Network partnership to deliver the Repurpose programme, funded by LIFE+. The Assistant is responsible for operational activities at their assigned reuse centre (hub), and aims to increase the levels of reuse and the reduction of fly tipping by collecting, sorting, refurbishing and distributing household items.

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Silver Sunday in Barnet

Silver Sunday is an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK, led by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation. This year Silver Sunday will take place on 4 October.

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Opportunity of the Week - Social Action Volunteer

The Challenge is looking for inspiring and responsible individuals to help teams of sixteen and seventeen-year- olds, participating in the National Citizen Service (NCS), deliver social action projects in the local community in South London.

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Be part of an Energy Garden near you

Over the next 2 years the Energy Garden team will be supporting communities across London to transform as many as 50 London Overground platforms and stations into thriving gardens that will incorporate food growing plots and solar energy providing on-site renewable energy for lighting, water pumps or other small scale station amenities. This is your chance to nominate a station near you to benifit your station using community.

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Team Barnet Weekly Opportunity - Barnet Green Gym

The Green Gym enables volunteers to get physically active whilst improving the
environment and their local community. All sessions are FREE, run weekly and everyone
is welcome regardless of experience, ability or fitness.

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Team Barnet Weekly Opportunity - Assisting the vulnerable in our community

This is our week of service (10th - 15th August); during the week, we roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty quite literarily. Volunteers from the Community go out to residents homes to help with tasks such as window cleaning, de-cluttering, washing cars, hedge trimming, lawn mowing, grounds maintenance and cleaning for disabled, elderly people and vulnerable members of our community.

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Opportunity of The Week - Library Volunteers

Garden Suburb community Library have been running very successfully now for over two years. They are now looking for some additional volunteers to join the team that runs the library on a day to day basis.

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Come join us for the journey:

Thousands of riders and spectators will be involved in the Prudential RideLondon events. Volunteers are needed to give directions, maintain rider and spectator safety and generally ensure that the events run smoothly.

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#InspireVolunteer: Volunteering and making new friends

#InspireVolunteer case study from a volunteer at Groundwork London, Morley Street

While I was on sick leave from my previous job, a friend forwarded me an email about an outreach session due to take place at Richmond library, near where I live. Having too much free time on my hands I went along to see if there were any interesting volunteer opportunities available. There I met Annette, who was immediately very warm, friendly and approachable, and took time to listen to my particular circumstances that brought me to volunteering, and the type of role I was looking for. After filling in a registration form, I went away with the information that a few potential volunteer opportunities would be emailed to me based on the interests I had expressed, and my availability.

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Gangs, youth violence and drugs - commissioning masterclass

Are you concerned about changes to the way in which your services are funded?

This course will help you to understand the new funding landscape, alongside networking with commissioners and similar organisations.

On Friday 29 May, Home Office, Cabinet Office and NCVO will be running a commissioning masterclasses for small/medium VCS organisations.

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Opportunity of the week @ Jesus House

This is a week of service (10th - 15th August); during the week, Jesus House rolls up their sleeves and gets their hands dirty quite literarily. Volunteers from the Community go out to residents homes to help with tasks such as window cleaning, de-cluttering, washing cars, hedge trimming, lawn mowing, grounds maintenance and cleaning for disabled, elderly people and vulnerable members of our community.

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Opportunity of the week @ Saracens Dementia Club

The Saracens dementia club are searching for a volunteer to support their weekly club by helping provide refreshments to people living with dementia and their carers. You will also speak to all of the attendees, signing them in for the sessions, and taking any information down when required e.g. for new members.

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Volunteer Achievement Awards from the Mayor of London

Now’s the time to nominate your volunteers for an award from the Mayor of London as part of the Team London 2015 Achievement Awards – nominations close on Friday 12th June 2015.

Volunteers can be nominated in one of five categories, with awards for volunteers under 25, volunteers over 25, and people who volunteer in a team. The winners will be presented with their award at the prestigious ceremony at City Hall in September.

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Celebrating the launch of Energy Gardens

Join us this May Day to celebrate the launch of this exciting new project and to find out how you or your organisation can get involved!

Over the next 2 years the Energy Garden team will be supporting communities across London to transform many of the grey, uninspiring London Overground platforms and stations into thriving community gardens that will incorporate food growing plots and solar energy providing on-site renewable energy for lighting, water pumps and other small scale amenities.

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Volunteer with people with Learning Disabilities this Summer!

Kith Kids (a charity that support children and their families with learning disabilities) are currently looking for lots of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers, to join them on their fantastic fun filled Summer Social Development Project.

On the project you and an additional volunteer will be paired with one of our members with a learning disability, where you will support and encourage them in talking part in a wide range of activities such as our Arts and Crafts, video, massage and music workshops. Not only is it a week full of fun and games, for you and our members. You will be a vital part in supporting them to develop their social skills in a day to day environment.

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Careers Fair: working with children and young people

Are you interested in working with children and young people? This is a great opportunity to meet and speak to a variety of employers about opportunities for volunteering, training and apprenticeships as well as paid jobs in Barnet.

Pop into the Royal Air Force Museum between 10am and 3.30pm on Thursday the 30th of April and kick start your career working with children and young people!

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Job Vacancy: Events Fundraising Manager

Noah's Ark are currently recruiting for an Events Fundraising Manager. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who is keen to develop their career in Events Fundraising and increase their experience and skills whilst doing so. The information about the role is as follows:

Vacancy: Events Fundraising Manager

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Community Asset Strategy: Have Your Say!

The London Borough of Barnet is reviewing the way it administers the Community Asset Portfolio based on a vision which will seek to ensure that the community estate is fit for purpose, maintained to a good standard and sufficiently flexible to meet the needs of local communities. The public consultation regarding the draft Community Asset Strategy commenced earlier this year and a survey is currently available online at engage.barnet/

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Spruce up your neighbourhood!

Capital Clean Up are offering grants of up to £1,500 and free starter kits to community groups and businesses who want to run Capital Clean-up events in London. Applications close on 16 March 2015.

Whether you want to create a new community garden, smarten up your high street or clear up a local canal or river, we want to hear from you.

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Have Your Say on the Future of Barnet's Libraries


Have Your Say on the Future of Barnet’s Libraries

Barnet Council is asking for people’s views on its proposals for the Borough’s Library Service. As part of this, a number of focus groups are being run to let people learn more about these proposals and give their views on them (as well as make any alternative suggestions for the future of the Library Service).

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Free TB Awareness Training

Do you support or advise homeless people and substance abusers?

Are you working with vulnerable groups in poor accommodation who may be at high risk of TB?

Do you work with or support vulnerable Black African/South Asian community members?

Well if you do, these free half day TB awareness training workshop is for you!

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UK Youth Parliament

Are you passionate about issues? Are you seeking to represent your peers through democratic processes? Are you willing to embark upon a programme of self-development? Then the UK Youth Parliament could be for you!

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) was established in 1999 and is run by young people for young people, giving them the opportunity to share their opinions on issues ranging from the cost of university education to job opportunities to mental health. Its views and recommendations are listened to by local and national Government and providers of services and other agencies who have an interest in the views and needs of young people.

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New Volunteer Service for Barnet

A brand new volunteering service will support people to find volunteering across Barnet from 1st January 2015. Groundwork London will provide this service on behalf of the London Borough of Barnet. The service is called Volunteering Barnet, and builds on the experience and expertise that Groundwork London has developed over the past 5 years. Groundwork London provides other volunteer services, and is committed to working with individuals and organisations to ensure that they receive the necessary support with regards to recruitment and management of volunteers.

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