Community spirit in Barnet

19 September 2013

Young unemployed people from the Dollis Valley estate in Barnet are coming together to learn new skills, meet each other and shape their community for the better.

Barnet Community Projects has been awarded funding of over £15,000 by People’s Health Trust – using money raised by HealthHope through The Health Lottery. The funding will provide support for a volunteering and mentoring scheme for local residents wanting to improve where they live by setting up projects that they believe will address the needs of their community.  

Steve Neale, Project Coordinator, Barnet Community Projects, said: “On Dollis Valley Estate residents are using their community centre as a real focal point for action. People come along to the Rainbow Centre, say what they want to do, and we help them do it. Through the Rainbow Centre, local people have found a way to come together, volunteer, mentor each other and get seriously involved in the running of their community. 

“We’re currently running a Community Kitchen, where we all get together, cook up a feast with all the families getting involved. It’s a great community atmosphere and it’s addressing a real need. We couldn’t do it without this funding.”

A group of young people have already set up a mobile skate park and there is also a community café up and running.

As well as young unemployed people, migrant families new to the area are getting involved. By the end of the year the residents hope to have up to ten new projects up and running on the estate with nearly 50 local residents of all ages involved.

John Hume – Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said: “Organisations like Barnet Community Projects are a great way for local people to support each other, and help to build stronger ties in communities. We couldn’t be happier to fund the project.”



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Notes to editors

People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing grants.

HealthHope is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in the London Boroughs of Camden, Barnet, City of Westminster, Brent and Harrow.

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission.


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