Conferences, updates and Presentations

CommUNITY Barnet and Young Barnet Foundation hosted a Children and Young Peoples Funders' Fair on the 24th November 2016

Seventy organisations attended our jointly hosted fair. With special thanks to: 

To view the presentations, please click on each funder.

Funding Opportunities

Barnet Giving

Are pleased to announce threir grant giving fund is now open for applications. The deadline for funding applications is Friday 13th January. To find out more, please click here 

Barnet Council

Corporate Grants - the 2015/16 Corporate Grants Programme offers grants to help either set up a new project or activity in Barnet in response to identified needs; or with specific events, purchases or other non-recurring items of expenditure. These grants are only available to the to the voluntary and community sector. To find out more about Corporate Grants, please click here

Young Barnet Foundation

Grant applications will open on November 30th 2016. For more information, please visit their website.



CommUNITY Barnet Funders' Fair - March 2016

Following on from our New Year New Funding Master Class courses, we arranged a Funders' Fair in March 2016. With special thanks to Big Lottery Fund, The City Bridge Trust, The Eleanor Palmer Trust, Hammerson, The Hendonian Charitable Trust, The Jesus Hospital Charity, John Lyon’s Charity.

To view the presentations given by the funders, please use these links - Part 1 and Part 2.


CommUNITY Barnet -  Providing you with a platform to discuss shared interests and concerns and engage local partners at operational and strategic levels.


Tackiling Social Isolation

These were some of the main themes that you told us on the evaluation forms, and it shows that the conference took a VERY big topic and created a small but important dent by beginning the dialogue:

  • Collaboration and communication were key themes. Participants said that they will endeavour to meet with teams across their service area and also external organisations, so that they can partner in order to address concerns and create quality provision
  •  Participants said that there were real opportunities to network, speak to others who could share knowledge and information, especially about local provision across the borough
  • The evaluations also said that the conference was well led, clear, professionally organised and provided plenty of relevant and useful information for staff in local services
  • What participants said they would like to focus on next: Funding possibilities, Youth isolation and Supporting families - especially those who can find themselves very marginalised
  • Finally, and of course, Community Barnet agree whole-heartedly - participants said they wanted some follow-up, either through an event or certainly via the receipt of information about the next steps.

Campaign to end Loneliness - Anna Goodman

Commissioning Ready  - Radhika Bynon

The U Project

Social Isolation & Public Health - Rachel Wells

Mind in Barnet Befriending

Barnet Community Parenting Consortium - Zoe Kattah

Our key note presentations were really well received. Scores of 'above average' and 'exceeded 
expectations' were:

  • Loneliness: the National Perspective - Campaign to End Loneliness = 82%
  • Public Health: Its Relation to Social Isolation - Barnet Public Health = 82%
  • Reaching 'hard to reach' groups through IT - Age UK Barnet = 88%
  • Neighbourly, neighbours - Young Foundation & The U project = 88%
  • Neighbourly, neighbours (Cricklewood experience) - The U Project = 71%


Poverty Conference

A wide range of client groups. The Chairs' Forum debated topics and Christina Meacham of Mind in Barnet's suggestion of poverty as an issue that affects almost everyone was unanimously passed as the central theme of our first network.  

State of the Sector by Julie Pal 

Presentation on Poverty and welfare by Karen Ahmed

CPAG  by Imran Hussain

VCSE Sector in Barnet

The conference explored:

  • How poverty affects your client group(s)
  • What can we do to help, support and learn from each other
  • Ways of tackling poverty
  • How you can better represent your beneficiaries and raise funds in order to support them.

Keynote speakers discussed a range of issues, particularly Imran Hussain from the Child Poverty Action Group who talked about the looming crisis of poverty, why it is essential to tackle it and what can be done locally to make a difference.

In addition, the following workshops were held:

  • Angela Spence, Kensington & Chelsea Social Care - How to sway the powers that be in order to improve outcomes for your beneficiaries.
  • Jonathan Andrews, Remarkable Partnerships - Corporate fundraising - following on from the successful Masterclass in February Jonathan will run a Q&A on achieving funding from corporates in order to address poverty and its issues.
  • Steve Neale, Barnet Community Projects - Learning from developing a foodbank and money advice service - what were the pitfalls and the successes? Find out what to do and what not to do on your project.
  • Poya Esmaili, TESYouth - Find out about how we created our partnerships with Job Centre Plus and other organisations in order to help young people into employment and out of poverty.

Community Barnet Projects - Case Studies Highlighting our success in 2013 - 2014