November 11, 2020 01:10 PM

Brent Cross Funding Awarded

Brent Cross Community Support Scheme


Over August and September 2020, Hammerson, the owners of Brent Cross shopping centre, was delighted to offer the Brent Cross Community Support Scheme dedicated to supporting homelessness, food poverty, domestic violence, and enterprise in Barnet. CommUNITY Barnet administered the funding.


The scheme offered ten £2,000 grants which were made to charitable, voluntary, or community groups within the London Borough of Barnet, who work in the following areas:


  • Foodbank 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 


Funding Awarded to:

Brent Cross will award ten £2,000 grants to the following charities and organisations:


Aidexcel Support Services AidExcel works is a parent-led organisation staffed by volunteers who are trained to provide information and advice on a range of issues faced by families with disabled children Faith Unoarumhi, Development Director, Aidexcel Support Services said: “Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to help families through the covid-19 pandemic, this funding will allow us to continue to take food to people’s doorsteps whilst under lockdown or shielding, we are helping families who have being significantly impacted by this pandemic.”


Bread n Butter Their mission is to create a fair solution for people in poverty and our long-term aim is to address the premiums that people in poverty pay for food, loans, energy and other everyday essentials simply because of their personal circumstances Filomena Komodromou, Director, Bread n Butter said: “We are so grateful to have been given this grant from Brent Cross and Community Barnet as it means we can continue to serve our local community by helping people to eat well and feel empowered to be able to cook healthy meals from scratch. The recipes that we have written can easily be repeated with low cost ingredients. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive and that’s what we also want to educate people about.”


Community Network Group Providing information and advice about welfare, immigration, housing, education, employment, and cultural issues, and offering education and training for adults and young people


The John Trotter Trust Aims to further the advancement of the Christian religion for the benefit of the public by such charitable activities as the directors deem fit David Parry, Chairman, The John Trotter Trust said: "The Open Door Centre is absolutely delighted to be the recipient of a very generous grant from Hammerson plc enabling us to deliver lunches to older, vulnerable members of the community of Barnet."


Living Way Ministries Befriending people to relieve hardship & prevent poverty by providing training, advice, counsel, advocacy, CVs & reference supports


Middle Eastern Women's Organisation Supporting Middle Eastern, North African and Asian women in London to rebuild their lives


Wild About Our Woods Wild about our woods CIO is a small team of freelance Forest School practitioners, Outdoor Cookery Leaders, and Youth Workers Janine Young, Founder, Wild About Our Woods said: “We are thrilled to receive this funding to develop a pilot programme of nature connection activities for improved well being with parents and children starting early next year. We hope to collaborate with another charity in a new area which is exciting too.”


African Refugee Community African Refugee Community (ARC) was established in 2007 and exists to provide specialised services to French-speaking asylum seekers and refugees based in Barnet in particular and in London in general Bitenge Makuka, Operations Manager, African Refugee Community said: “Thank you for awarding us a grant to provide Employment Support Advice to some of our most vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees. Your financial contribution means a lot to them as participants will learn new skills related to Employment field that will motivate them to get jobs and be more independent financially. Your grant will have a positive impact on the improvement of their mental health and general well-being.”


The Flower Bank The Flower Bank is about bringing joy and beauty into the lives of people who can least afford it, whilst working with flower suppliers and retailers to reduce flower waste Ursula Stone, Director, The Flower Bank said:“The Flower Bank was delighted to receive support from a great local employer. The grant will be used for the benefit of the community in Barnet and couldn’t have come at a better time.”


Our Yard Our Yard reduces food waste by rescuing food from surplus and shares it with those most in need locally via community cafes and surplus food markets on a free or pay as you feel basis Paulette Singer, Director, Our Yard said: “This funding will enable Clitterhouse Farm Project to provide more support and training to our team of dedicated cafe and farm garden volunteers at a pivotal stage in our development process as an organisation. The training will enable our volunteers to both better support us towards achieving our vision at Clitterhouse Farm and also help them to access further training and employment elsewhere.”


Chris Barnes, General Manager at Brent Cross said: “This has been a really challenging year for everyone, and we know that charities and other organisations across London have really gone the extra mile. This project is all about giving something back to those groups that have pulled out all the stops over the past few months, and need a helping hand to ensure they can continue to carry out their valuable work. We are so grateful for everything they have done.”

News date: 
Wednesday, 11 November, 2020
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