We are delighted to celebrate CommUNITY Barnet's 40th birthday, as we reflect upon decades of work alongside the local voluntary and community sector.
To celebrate such a momentous occasion, we will be hosting a photography competition open to residents, communities and organisations across Barnet. There are two categories, Culture & Communities and Buildings & Environment, which will be open to anyone living, working or studying in Barnet, with £150 on offer for first place, £50 for second and £25 for third.
The competition is open for entries from Monday June 3 and will close on Monday September 30, with the winners to be unveiled at CommUNITY Barnet’s 2019 AGM in November. We encourage anyone and everyone to get involved, from avid photographers to those who like to take a quick snap on their phone - the possibilities are endless.
Initially, CommUNITY Barnet was known as the Council for Voluntary Services, providing an umbrella under which diverse and disconnected communities could come together as a sector to create a single identity. This provided key public service providers the ability to liaise directly with the sector to design appropriate services.
As the borough’s population has increased and diversified, we have enhanced our leadership role and have responded appropriately. Over the years we have seen new communities settle and expand, and the need for our services has grown considerably. These new communities needed expert advice, quality assurance and opportunities to experiment and influence changing models of public service delivery. It was then that CommUNITY Barnet became a local infrastructure organisation (LIO).