Our economic vision for our area is geared towards supporting our residents to ensure that families and those who are struggling are supported and empowered to improve their lives. We hope to contribute to the reduction of structural and systemic inequality in any way we can.
In this three-year plan, we will focus on supporting families during school holidays; offering training and support to the community to build skills and create opportunities; and funding projects that practically help those who struggle financially, as well as projects that help residents spend less on their bills.
Library of Things
In our community consultation, the Library of Things was the second most popular idea of how the community could help people spend less on their bills. This is based on a model that runs in Crystal Palace and would be new to the Grange Big Local area.
This is a project which we aim to get moving later on in our three-year plan, following an assessment of feasibility and better understanding the need and requirements. But, it can only be taken forward if we have a strong pool of volunteers willing to get involved, so get in touch with us at [email protected] if you're interested!
Supporting local businesses
In this three year plan, we want to build more cohesive links with the business community and create more opportunities for local people and local businesses in our patch of East Finchley.
We will build on our blossoming relationship with N2United and continue to find innovative ways of collaborating with the business community and involving them in our delivery of projects to benefit the local community.
Information, Advice, and Training
We previously funded a specific, local advice service for GBL residents, which was run by Citizens Advice Barnet, which a large number of our residents benefited from.
On Thursday 5th November 2020, we have partnered with financial education specialists Money A+E to bring GBL residents a free, online workshop on money management that will cover budgeting, saving, benefit entitlements, and changing money habits for the better. Places can be booked here or on the Money A+E website. After gauging the uptake of this, we are going to look into training up residents as money mentors in the community.
School Holiday Activities
School holidays can be a tough time for families who might be struggling financially. In this three-year plan, we are committed to working with partners to deliver after-school and summer holiday activities.
Having previously funded Wild About Our Woods to run a forest school, this summer we funded Something out of the Ordinary (SOTO) to run a free, two-week Bounce Back programme of dance, drama and sporting activities for 8-18 year olds, as well as working alongside local artists to design and develop a free activity pack called the Archer’s Arrows which you can download here, aimed at getting our community out and about in the sunshine, in a safe, socially distanced way.