Within this theme, our vision is that we will work with residents to create an inclusive and caring community that supports one another and is active in both getting involved in community events and organising them. We understand that residents want to get involved in the community and that they care about their neighbours - especially those within the area who may face more difficulties than others.
So, we will focus on empowering the community to run their own projects, organise inclusive and accessible events that bring the community together, and support the whole community to get involved. Below we've got some examples of how we're putting this into practice!
Grange Big Local Fun Palace
Each year we hold a festival, partly to bring the community together, partly to show off local talent, and partly to get more people involved with Grange Big Local!
For the past three years, we have held a Fun Palace - part of a national programme that's all about empowering local people to create their own community events that bring everyone together.
The 2019 GBL Fun Palace has been supported by the PPL PRS charity and community discount scheme. PPL PRS licenses the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the permission they need to play the music they want.
For more information about PPL PRS, visit pplprs.co.uk or call 0800 0720 808
Community Grants Programme
Following on from the sucess of the Community Grants Programme that we piloted in 2019, we want to continue doing this in years one and three of our 2020-2023 plan.
Open to local residents and organisations, if you’ve got an idea for a project that could benefit our community, this is the way to make it happen. Applications for this year's round of grants are open from Monday 16th November - Monday 7th December, so make sure to check our our Grants page on this site and keep an eye on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages for more information on how to get involved!
Young Barnet Foundation
We have commissioned the Young Barnet Foundation (YBF) to undertake a consultation project with young people in the GBL area so we can centre young people's voices at the very heart of our work.
The first stage saw 7,000 children and young people across the borough respond to a survey. That data is being crunched and there will be some follow up questions, specifically around the impact of Covid. They will then move to focus groups to dig deeper into some of the issues uncovered. Alongside the data though, we want to evenutally recruit a number of Youth Ambassadors from the local area to set up a GBL Youth Forum that will lead on programming for children and young people.
Age UK Barnet Shopping Mini-Bus
An important part of our agenda is to engage with residents who are isolated - espeically older people - through inclusive and accessible programming tailored to their needs.
This is why we are working hard to try and get a Shopping Mini-Bus service up and running, in partnership with Age UK Barnet, to supported isolated members of the community to get out and about, in a safe, socially distanced way.