Welcome to our latest newsletter. Packed full of information, we hope that you find it both useful and informative. If your organisation would like to have an event or anything else featured in our newsletter please email us the details and any picture you might want us to use.
As the clocks go forward, daffodils continue to bloom and an early Easter passes by, many of us are assessing the accuracy of our 2015-16 budget predictions and repeating the process for 2016-17. At CommUNITY Barnet our current practice is for the board to agree a base budget defined on guaranteed income which is then reviewed every quarter and adjusted for new income such as grants, commissions and traded services. This pragmatic approach ensures a 'no surprises' presentation to the board which acts as a reassurance for all of us in this continuously challenging financial time. However, the sudden resignation of Ian Duncan-Smith protesting about the proposed introduction of the Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) to replace Disability Living Allowance from January 2017 will be worth keeping a close eye on for a multitude of reasons including what will replace the PIP and how will the savings now be made by Government. We have included a briefing from ACEVO on the Chancellor's latest budget which many regard has been reasonably supportive to the charity sector – however ACEVO’s Director of Public Policy has described it as a budget of ‘booby traps and sugared pills’ – have a read of his briefing and see what you think. As many of you know the National Minimum Wage increased to £6.70 for people aged over 21. One of the new measures introduced in the Chancellor’s budget was the confirmation of the Government’s intention to introduce a new, compulsory National Living Wage from April 2016. This is will be applicable to workers aged 25 and above, the initial rate will be £7.20 per hour, with a target of increasing to more than £9 per hour by 2020. The NMW will remain in place, with the NLW being a “top up” for those workers aged 25 and over. Finally, Re Ltd held its Small Business Breakfast on 16 March – called ‘Doing Business with the Council’ where it explained how Barnet Council have simplified the procurement process to make it easier for smaller suppliers to do business with the council. Please have a look at the presentation. CommUNITY Barnet will be speaking with Re about organising a ‘Tender Preparation Workshop’ later in the year which I hope many of you will attend. Julie
CommUNITY Barnet Funders' Fair - March 2016
We were pleased to welcome Big Lottery Fund, The City Bridge Trust, The Eleanor Palmer Trust, Hammerson, The Hendonian Charitable Trust, The Jesus Hospital Charity and John Lyon’s Charity to our Funders’ Fair in March. Over 70 people listened to presentations and participated in a question and answer session with the funders. Individual surgeries with funders were scheduled for forty organisations. This event followed on from our New Year New Funding Master Class, held in January for Barnet charities and not-for-profit organisations. In their advice and guidance, the funders emphasized the need for applicants to provide evidence of the need for the project to show, “this is what we want to change and this is how we plan to do it”. Jane Sterland, Funding Officer said that Big Lottery Fund is keen to see, “people in the lead of improving their lives and communities”. More information is in the Fund’s new Strategic Framework for 2015-21. Big Lottery Fund People in the Lead One participant said, “The event was informative and engaging. I understand what I need to do to be successful in applying for a grant, and it was great to have a chance to talk directly to a funder.” We were pleased to receive such positive feedback from participants of the Masterclass run by CommUNITY Barnet staff. Participants said, “Most helpful ... time very well spent.... informative constructive and helpful ... relevant to all … I now know what I don’t know and I know how to change that!” To view the presentations from the day, click here. CommUNITY Barnet Funders' Fair CommUNITY Barnet has a range of services available to support your organisation, including fundraising. For more information, email [email protected]
or call 020 8364 8400. Independent Examination
It is fast approaching that time of year we finalise our accounts and balance our books. For some, this is a daunting and stressful time. Did you know that we can independently exam all accounts with an income up to £250,000? Talk to one of our team today. Alternatively you might wish to brush up on your basic book-keeping skills. Call us on 0208 364 8400 or email our finance team on: [email protected]
or [email protected]
DBS Service Our newly reduced fees for this service have been really well received by the sector and the service is in demand.
Enhanced Volunteer check now costs £15 and Enhanced Paid member of Staff is £65.
If you have any further questions or if you would like to book a DBS check, please call 0208 364 8400 or email Audrey Montet.
Over the next coming months we will be contacting our members to renew their membership status with us. Please look out for a newsflash we will be sending you in the next few weeks which you will need to complete to continue to receive our mailing and information.
Courses at Terapia Are you still considering a career in child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy? If so, now is a good time to find out more about the courses on offer at Terapia. All our courses begin in January so attending our Open Evening in April will mean you are well placed to start finding out more about our courses and the career path in child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy ahead of the 2017 academic year. The Open Evening consists of a presentation by me, Bozena Merrick, the Course Director at Terapia, followed by a Q & A session. It will also be attended by one of our past students who is now working as a child psychotherapist. The Open Evening will take place on: Wednesday 13th April 2016 from 7.00pm - 8.30pm at: 65A Watford Way, Hendon, London NW4 3AQ You are welcome to attend on your own or with friends. Refreshments will be provided and there is no charge for the evening. The nearest underground station is Hendon Central on the Northern Line, Edgware branch. We are about a 7 minute walk from the station. Parking at this time is free in the area. The entrance to 65A Watford Way is on Rundell Crescent. Please phone us at 020 8201 6101 or send an email to [email protected]
to if you would like to reserve a place at our Open Evening. Or if you would like to be removed from our mailing list, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Making Meetings Work (Practical Tools & Techniques) Sunday 10th April A fun interactive day of exercises, group work and presentations. Learn the nuts and bolts of what makes meetings work (and what stops them from working well). This includes how to encourage and enable everyone to be involved, and understanding the roles of a chair and facilitator. Find out how to design and plan meetings and workshops, end them effectively, as well as encourage group creativity. You’ll also learn some basic techniques of how to work with difficult behaviour. Registration & Breakfast snacks: 09.30-09.55 Course starts: 10.00am Ends: 4.00pm
Location: Newstead Childrens Centre, 1 Fallows Cl, London N2 8LG Full hot vegetarian buffet lunch provided (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements).People from other Big Local areas and other interested local residents are invited. Contact [email protected]
or telephone 020 8364 8400 ext. 241 to book onto this free-to-attend course.
LOVE WHETSTONE Community Festival High Road, Whetstone 24 April 2016 11am to 6pm We are pleased to invite you to participate in this forthcoming Community Festival, the first ever on the High Road by taking a stand at the Festival. The Festival is designed to bring together local people with local businesses, traders, clubs, sports and amenity groups. There will be activities for children and local dance and music will be featured. The emphasis is on local in order to celebrate the great resources we have in Whetstone. It will take place on the pavement between Totteridge Lane and Euro House. The Festival is intended to be non-profit making and any funds raised in excess of the costs of running the Festival will be donated to the North London Hospice and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, our charity partners. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your potential involvement further. As stated above, any funds raised in excess of our expenses will be donated to our charity partners. We are a group of local residents organising the Festival which has the support of Barnet Council and the local councillors in particular. Email Contact: [email protected]
Charity Meetup No.5 - Finding Happiness This event was created to make an enjoyable and safe environment for those working in the not for profit sector to make new connections. The networking activities are facilitated by Dawn Newton and participants are supported and encouraged through activities and games. The meetup is a relaxed evening of drinks, chatting, networking and fun. Everyone is welcome. Participants can arrive / leave at any point during the evening. Who comes? The event has a good mix of participants including people from different parts of the charity sector including fundraisers, marketers, consultants, in-house staff, freelancers, agencies and we hope that this will continue with the future events. Community Focus is putting on a variety of creative classes for Adults, Children and Children under 5 starting the week beginning the 18th of April. We have evening and weekend classes too. All of these fun activities will be happening in Community Focus in Friary Park.
The Young Barnet Foundation The Young Barnet Foundation is a new charity. We have just achieved our charity status, which cements our core funding for the next 3 years, our thanks to John Lyon’s Charity and City Bridge Trust for their support in making this happen. We have the opportunity to make a short film to introduce the Young
Barnet Foundation and to show some of the good work currently being delivered by VCS organisations in Barnet. To that end we are looking for organisations to take part, More information. Please contact Janet Matthewson on 07984 887789 or [email protected]
Our Place in Colindale Our Place puts communities at the heart of service delivery in their area and involves local partners within a neighbourhood coming together with local people to identify the issues that matter most to them. Our Place partnerships develop plans to tackle these issues and have the potential to influence how local budgets are spent, redesigning and potentially commissioning, managing or delivering services locally – revolutionising the way their neighbourhood works. The Our Place approach builds on the achievements of the Neighbourhood Community Budgets (NCB) programme which piloted this approach in 2012/13 in 12 areas with the support of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The 12 pilots (now Our Place Pioneers) each produced an Operational Plan and are now at various stages of implementation. This is what we have been doing in Colindale.
Barnet Giving Barnet Giving is a new local scheme for local people to give time, skills and money in support of local causes. It’s led by two Barnet charities, Barnet Centre for Independent Living and CommUNITY Barnet. It will bring together local people, communities, charities and businesses to raise funds. We will then develop a grants programme for local not-for-profit organisations and activities. We want local people to be at the lead of this new initiative, so in August we recruited an Advisory Panel of local people to advise and develop the grant-making priorities. It’s important that we have up-to-date information about local needs, so we held two consultation events in September 2015 to ask local people what they considered the needs and gaps for local people in their area. Our independent Chairperson of the Advisory Panel is Toby Blume. We have just recruited our Development Worker, Ken Gibson. Our next steps are to launch our website and start our fund-raising initiatives. If you would like to get involved, to help us fundraise, to volunteer or just simply to find out more, please do contact [email protected]
or on 020 8359 2444.
ARISE Domestic Abuse Awareness Programme Starts: Thursday 14th January 12.30-2.30pm and every Thursday thereafter. See further information here If you are being abused, remember you are not alone. We can help you by providing advice and support Call us on Freephone 0808 802 5565 LOCAL FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Care & Wellbeing Fund Launched in 2015 with £12 million investment from Big Society Capital and Macmillan Cancer Support. Aims to develop community-based services to improve health and wellbeing across the country, particularly for those suffering from long term conditions such as cancer. Seeks to create services that allow people dealing with long term health conditions to access the services they need, when and where they need them.
The fund has four key priorities: Community based care; integrated care; Better use of informal resources;
Prevention and wellbeing. Eligibility & Value: Over the next 10 years, the Fund will provide loans and other investment of between £400,000 and £2.4 million to charities and social enterprises that are looking to develop or scale up means of solving community problems for people with long term illness. Process: The Fund is managed by Social Finance. See the contact details on the website below and approach them to discuss development proposals. Deadline: None Further Info: www.careandwellbeingfund.co.uk
The Santander Foundation has changed its name to Discovery Foundation to reflect the role it will play in Santander’s new community programme, The Discovery Project. The Project aims to help disadvantaged people gain the confidence necessary to make the most of their future. There will now be only one grants programme, Discovery Grants, which will support projects in relation to the three themes: ‘Explorer – improving knowledge and insight’, ‘Transformer – developing skills and experience’, ‘Change maker – innovative solutions to social challenges’. Eligibility: Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions. Projects must be local. Value: Up to £5,000. The Foundation wants to fund the whole initiative/activity. Funds can pay for part-time salaries, materials and equipment. Process: A nomination form can be picked up at a Santander branch or downloaded from the website. Nominations can come from organisations, members of the public and Santander customers or staff. Nomination forms are to be deposited in the nominations box in the branch (although note there is no public voting). Deadline: None. Further Info: http://thediscoveryfoundation.org.uk
Eaga Charitable Trust The Eaga Charitable Trust provides financial assistance for projects that aim to understand and combat fuel poverty. The Trust aims to promote an evidence base to underpin decision-making in relation to fair access to energy services and reduced health inequalities for all in society. Emphasis is on researching and/or disseminating innovative and effective models. Eligibility: All types of organisations and individual research consultants can apply for a grant. Local projects must have the potential to influence national policy and practice and/or to promote innovation widely. Value: £2,500 to £25,000, usually over 1 to 3 years. Process: Download the application form from the website below. Both a hard copy and an emailed copy to be returned. Deadline: 3 June 2016. Awards will be made in late July. Further Info: http://eagacharitabletrust.org
Community Safety in Barnet The Barnet Safer Communities Partnership wants to hear YOUR views on crime and anti-social behaviour. This will help us review our Community Safety Priorities for 2016-17. See further info here If you would like a printed copy or a large print of the survey please contact: tel: 0208 359 6071 email: [email protected]
Barnet’s General Budget Consultation 2016/17 Barnet Residents are being asked for their views on the Council’s budget for 2016/17, which includes our savings plans and Council Tax proposals for the year. See further info here
Would you like to get paid to share your skills and inspire young people? Then NCS (National Citizen Service) with The Challenge is for you!
NCS with the Challenge is an exciting youth and community programme which combines outdoor activities, skills development and community volunteering. It gives 15-17 year olds from all backgrounds the chance to do outdoor activities, learn skills and give something back to their communities. We from the Challenge are the largest provider of the Government’s National Citizen Service. For the summer of 2016 we will be recruiting 4,500 seasonal staff to work with 47.000 young people across the UK. We have a variety of Inclusion, Skill Practitioner, Leadership and Mentoring paid roles available! If you would like to earn extra money over the summer while inspiring the next generation of young people please apply now! For further information on our roles please check our website on: http://www.ncsthechallenge.org/jobs/#available-opportunities
Microvolunteering Day - 15 April 2016 Microvolunteering Day is now in its third year, and is an opportunity for volunteer involving organisations & individuals to join together to demonstrate the empowering potential of microvolunteering. It is primarily aimed at engaging individuals in microvoluntering tasks, inspiring organisations to embrace the idea and stimulating discussion on the concept. Read more here, with further resources to be found here.
Other Volunteering opportunities Download our latest copy of Volunteer SELECT - choose up to three opportunities and note the reference number of each one. Fill in our online registration form with the reference numbers of the opportunities that interest you and we will be in touch Already registered with us? Get in touch and let us know what you are interested in. Email: [email protected]
Volunteers' Week event GLV are working with Team London and the Mayor's Office on a joint event during Volunteers' Week, to help raise the profile of London's Volunteer Centres and encourage more Londoners to get in touch. If you'd like to be involved, we are looking at promoting volunteer brokerage drop-in sessions on Tuesday 7th June. Please email James for more info.
Barnet Council Careers Fair
Barnet Council will be having a careers fair on 30th April 2016 is shaping up really well. The opportunities for volunteering apprenticeships, training and jobs across the partnership. Participation includes the following organisations: Social Care – Local Authority; Foster Carers – Local Authority; Education and Skills – Local Authority; Youth and Community Teams – Local Authority; Early Years – Childminding and Children’s Centre; Adult’s Service – Local Authority; Middlesex University; Job Centre Plus; Barnet and Southgate College; Metropolitan Police careers; East London, NHS; Royal Free Hospital; Voluntary sector – Community Barnet, Terapia etc.; Norwood; Community Barnet; RAF Careers; First Rung.
Volunteering opportunities Download our latest copy of Volunteer SELECT - choose up to three opportunities and note the reference number of each one. Fill in our online registration form with the reference numbers of the opportunities that interest you and we will be in touch. Already registered with us? Get in touch and let us know what you are interested in by email.
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