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October 26, 2020 12:34 PM

Half Term Food Support

Half Term Free Food from Local Restaurants Here is a list of wonderful Barnet restaurants and cafes that are supporting local families throughout October half term with meals.    If you know of a cafe/restaurant or food take-out in Barn...

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Kickstart Scheme 

Our aim is to deliver a Kickstart gateway service that helps small businesses grow and develop staff, whilst creating lasting opportunities for young people.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people aged between 16 and 24 who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland, and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November 2020.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months 
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

For more information click here


Extra funding of £1,500 per placement will be provided to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job. It is expected that this money will be paid at the beginning of the Kickstart Placement. The funding can also be used to support the administration of the role. We can help you with training and administration and payroll. Please note this is a chargeable service. 

The grant for wages will be paid in arrears every month. It is expected that the first payment will be made between weeks 6 and 8 of the placement.



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CommUNITY Barnet
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Kickstart Gateway for Local Businesses and Charities 

CommUNITY Barnet is a gateway service for the Government's Kickstart Scheme. This scheme will create job placements for 16-24 year olds, working 25 hours a week for a 6 month period who are currently on Universal Credit. Employers can be any size and the funding will cover: 


How to Register

You can register with CommUNITY Barnet by clicking the button below to complete the registration form:

Please ensure you have all the information together and to-hand as it is not possible to return to the form once you have submitted your information.

To help you prepare, here is a word document detailing the information you will be required to supply. Please do not submit your application on this word document as we will not be able to accept it, this is merely a guide. 

CommUNITY Barnet will be submitting applications on a monthly basis, the first deadline for organisations to submit their roles to us is Wednesday 21 October 2020 

We will confirm the November submission date shortly. Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions - Answers to these questions can be found here


The Kickstart Scheme on YouTube

A guide for employers

Kickstart job help

*Please note this is a chargeable service. 












October 09, 2020 05:25 PM

World Mental Health Day - Young People Thrive

The 10th of October is annual World Mental Health Day. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'Mental health for all'.   What is Mental Health? Mental health encompasses our emotional, psycho...

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Brent Young People Thrive invites you to BYPT Conversations, where we will come together to have an open, honest and safe discussion about mental health in young people and what we can do to empower ourselves to survive in an increasingly chaotic world. In particular we'll be talking about Black mental health in the wake of the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Anti-Black racism has never gone away and can be found across society, but we've seen the conversation being spotlighted once again following a series of police murders of Black people in the US, as well as a continued legacy of police and governmental racism in the UK. Anti-Black racism can take a huge toll on mental health and so it's incredibly important that we break down the stigmas surrounding discussions on mental health and start working together to care for each other and our communities. We hope that this conversation can be a part of the process of breaking down the stigma.

  • We'll hear from professionals, such as Charmaine Taylor, about what we can do to protect our mental health, and learn some insights into how we can safeguard our mental health in the face of crises and in everyday living.
  • We'll have breakout rooms where you'll be free to share your experiences and coping strategies while listening to other young people. We aim to make this a safe space, so no one will need to share anything that they don't want to.
  • All participants will be sent resources including people and groups to contact if you want more help and support looking after your mental health.

We really hope young people will come to this session so that we can work together to end the stigma around Black mental health.

We want to provide a safe and open environment where you can share your thoughts and experiences and break down the barriers that surround mental health.

Date: Tuesday 22 September 2020

Time: 6.30pm to 8pm

Location: Zoom

Book your place here



Hammerson, the owners of Brent Cross shopping centre, is delighted to offer the Brent Cross Community Support Scheme dedicated to supporting homelessness, food poverty, domestic violence and enterprise in Barnet.

The scheme will offer grants to charitable, voluntary or community groups within the London Borough of Barnet, who work in the following areas:

  • Food bank support and tackling food poverty 
  • Providing support services to people affected by domestic violence and abuse 
  • Supporting those who are homeless or rough sleeping 
  • Providing employment opportunities, enterprise or skills development 

This scheme will be administered through CommUNITY Barnet.

Grants of £2,000 will be available.

You can view the PDF documents for this grant which include: Eligibility Check, Application Form and Terms and Conditions of Grant.

Please ensure you read the Eligibility Criteria information. It explains who can apply and what sort of projects and costs can be funded.

All applications must be submitted online using our online application form which can be accessed after you complete the eligibility checker. 

If your organisation is eligible, you will then be directed to the online Application Form. Please complete and check your eligibility here

  • The grant opens on Tuesday 4 August 2020 at 9am.
  • You must submit your completed eligibility check and application form by Sunday 13 September at 12am.
  • Late applications cannot be accepted under any circumstances.


Get in touch

If you would like to ask any questions about this scheme, please email grants@communitybarnet.org.uk or telephone 020 8364 8400

Do you need further support?

CommUNITY Barnet also provides an Organisational Development service, where we give one-to-one and group guidance and coaching on setting up, governance and safeguarding, fundraising and sustainability. We provide a Finance and Accounts service, managing payroll, accounts and independent examination services for not-for-profit organisations.

For further information, please contact Jeni Osbourne at jeni.osbourne@communitybarnet.org.uk or telephone 020 8364 8400 ext 0211

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