About Us

About Us

If your group or organisation works with children or vulnerable adults, it may be necessary for paid staff and volunteers to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks (formerly known as CRB checks). DBS checks are designed to help organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain areas of work, especially those which may involve contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.

Next Steps to Completing Your DBS Check 

To start the DBS process please contact Sian Avery at sian.avery@communitybarnet.org.uk | 020 8364 8400 to book an appointment.  You will be required to attend our Barnet office to complete our check and authenticate your documents, this will usually take about ten minutes. 

Services and Charges

Enhanced Staff Check – includes DBS charge, admin and VAT - £65

Enhanced Volunteer Check – includes admin and VAT - £15

Fees can be paid in advance by BACs. We will issue you with an invoice payable within 30 days.

For further information and to book a DBS check, please contact Sian Avery at sian.avery@communitybarnet.org.uk | 020 8364 8400.

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Information and Links

  • If you have moved within the last 5 years, previous address details, including postcodes will be required.
  • If you have changed your name, you will need to bring details including the date that your name changed.
  • When to check someone else's criminal record - Gov.UK
  • Documents required to complete a DBS check - Gov.UK
  • For more information about the Disclosure and Barring Service, the application process or tracking please take a look at their website - Gov.UK

We may be able to visit your organisation to undertake the checks if you have a large number to be completed, this service is subject to a charge, please contact us to discuss


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It is really important to us at CommUNITY Barnet to recognise the work and input from our fantastic members and their continued commitment to shaping our organisation and the sector. 

As a member of CommUNITY Barnet you will have access to a wealth of professional support to help you manage and grow your organisation. 

What membership offers you:

  • representation at local, reginal and national levels
  • advice and information for voluntary and community groups
  • help for new or existing groups to develop
  • support and access to funding advice, policy development, best practice and training
  • a regular newsletter packed with local and national news from the third sector, events, new legislation, training opportunities, and fundraising information
  • the opportunity to promote your activities via our website, newsletter, networking events and bulletins and social media
  • access to our signposting and resources service 
  • voting rights at our AGM

By becoming a member of Community Barnet your organisation will create a stronger voice for the voluntary and community sector in our borough. Membership is free and once you have signed up you will automatically start to receive our monthy newsletter. 

Sign up and start benefitting from our services

For any queries, please contact us on 020 8364 8400 ext.209 or email members@communitybarnet.org.uk





Health and Social Care Services in Barnet, Brent and Newham

CommUNITY Barnet are very proud of their commitment to health and social care services through the delivery of contracts with Barnet, Brent and Newham Councils. 

Healthwatch is here to help local people get the best out of their health and social care services. Our vision is that residents can contribute to the development of quality health and social care services in their Borough. Healthwatch staff and volunteers will represent the experiences and views of patients and service-users. To find out more please click on the links below and you will be taken to the respective websites.


Community Barnet was proud to deliver an award winning Healthwatch Barnet for seven years from its’s inception in 2013 until the end of March 2020 and has provided a high-quality service; listening to the needs of residents and patients and working with stakeholders from across the borough to make positive changes. This annual report highlights the work Healthwatch Barnet delivered during the year ending March 2020. By being a bridge between commissioners, service providers and the public, we have been able to make meaningful changes to the implementation, quality and communication of services in the borough.

This report showcases our work to March 2020 where the Healthwatch team of staff and volunteers were at the forefront of changes brought about in the health and social care services, bringing local voices and experiences to the attention of decision makers. 

We have been particularly pleased to see changes for local residents as a result of our work. This has been achieved by:

  • reaching a total of 177,629 local residents
  • reaching 68,924 residents through our partners 
  • attending 50 outreach events
  • gathering 1,600 individual views
  • registering 850 Friends of Healthwatch Barnet
  • having 1,787 followers on our social media
  • launching a brand new website

You can read our final annual report to March 2020 here


CommUNITY Barnet Primary Care Group continues to provide a wealth of experience and capacity in terms of patient engagement, supporting patient representatives and challenging and working with health and social care service in Barnet and beyond.

Our Community Barnet Primary Care Group, co-chaired by Sue Blain and Stewart Block, has led on several exciting and important projects this year with a constant emphasis on patient perspective, understanding and the communication that patients receive. Throughout the year, the group have worked productively with teams at Barnet CCG and Barnet Federated GPs as well as working directly with a dozen different practices and practice managers, to analyse and improve patient access and experience. The Primary Care Group has also led the way in helping Community Barnet offer simple, practical solutions as well as making evidence based recommendations.

Current projects include:

  • Remote Consultations Patient Information
  • Audit of GP websites in Barnet
  • Preparing materials for Self Care Week 2020

Would you like to volunteer with the Primary Care Group?

Click here for more information:


The Barnet Wellbeing Service has been developed through a collaborative process between people who use mental health services, a number of voluntary sector organisations and the statutory sector. It arose out of Barnet CCG's Reimagining Mental Health Programme, (the Breakfast Clubs and workshops associated with that process.) and it is jointly delivered from few voluntary organisations following a leading provider model. Initially, it run as a pilot from October 2016 to September 2017 and from 1st of October 2017 Community Barnet became the leading provider of the 2 year contract.

 To find out more please click on the Barnet Wellbeing Service button below and you will be taken to the website. 




Volunteers are central to achieving our goals and there are some amazing opportunities at CommUNITY Barnet, where you can get involved in variety of roles, develop your skills and see the immediate impact your volunteering on other individuals and the community!

Roles are varied from office to community based. Form supporting other volunteer getting started to being the first point of contact for our clients, form getting involved with our social media and events to collecting feedback from service users, there is something for everyone.

Follow these links for our latest opportunities.

Follow up and telephone support | Reception Volunteer | Information and support Volunteer [add links]


How to Apply

Read the role descriptions and if you decide to apply please complete the application form and e-mail it to our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@communitybarnet.org.uk

If you have any questions, please contact us on 0208 364 8400.

CommUNITY Barnet is the main voluntary and community infrastructure organisation in Barnet. We offer a range of information, guidance, training and consultancy services. We support partnership working and enable representation in local planning through the Local Strategic Partnership and its joint working structures. Here you can also find details our integrated Volunteer Centre and dedicated Young People and Families Service.


Children, Young People and Family Services

Financial Services


DBS Services

Events Coming Up


The NAVCA Quality Award is an externally audited evaluation of the services offered to voluntary and community groups by a local infrastructure organisation. It is a great way to demonstrate you are a leading provider of services in your area. Find out more here

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates. It was established to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London.

The City of London Corporation is the sole trustee of the Bridge House Estates and members of its Court of Common Council form the City Bridge Trust’s Grants Committee. Find out more here

More information about the London Boroug of Barnet can be found here