Monday, 17 September 2018 14:05

Friend In Need are an independent charity seeking to provide for older adults, living in the Borough of Barnet and in particular, East & New Barnet. 

At present, they offer various activities such as exercise classes, yoga, tai-chi, dance, IT training etc, so that older adults may have a friendly environment in which they can meet & enjoy doing things together.  They also offer a hot lunch Mon -Thurs & Sat.  Note that there is a reasonable charge for lunch & each activity.

Friend In Need would not be able to do the work it does without the support of its volunteers who work alongside FIN staff as part of a team.  Personalised inductions, ongoing supervision and training are available for each volunteer.

Volunteer roles include activity centre helpers, befrienders, receptionists, DIY helpers, mini bus drivers and travel assistants.

If you can spare just a couple of hours and would be interested in joining the team, then please  just pop in for a chat.  Further information is available on the website.

 

 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:07

Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track.

Anyone can be a missed pay-cheque, illness or bereavement away from a real financial crisis, which is why Turn2us can help people find the support you need to get back on track.

The Benefits Calculator takes less than 10 minutes to complete and it will tell you which means-tested benefits you may be entitled to, including tax credits.

The Grants Search can help you look for funds that might be able to give you a grant or other types of help.

Their help is available through their website, helpline and through their partners.

If you wish to get involved, opportunities include volunteering to get help to those in need,  fundraising or donating.

 

 

Thursday, 06 September 2018 13:32

Squirrels community scrap scheme collects materials from factories, offices, shops and private homes.  They sort and display them at The Old Allotment Hut, Boscombe Road, Worcester Park.

They have a membership of over 300 organisations who can select from a vast range of selected, clean waste materials to meet art, craft, recreational, educational, therapeutic or fundraising activities.

All this is available for a small annual membership fee.  Further details on how to become a member are available on the website.

 

Thursday, 30 August 2018 11:58

Around 4 million UK households are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm, dry home. National Energy Action is the national charity working to end fuel poverty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Fuel poverty causes misery, ill health and premature death in millions of households across the UK.

High energy prices, dwindling household incomes and abysmally low standards of domestic energy efficiency are all contributing to a cold homes crisis. Right now, people are facing difficult choices about whether to heat their homes and forgo another household necessity such as food, or spending what they need to keep warm and avoid falling into debt.

The key to tackling this problem is improving the energy efficiency of housing, to address the injustice that sees the poorest households spending £1 billion more a year on energy compared to non-fuel poor households.  There is also a need to improve the quality of, and access to, energy advice and services; recognise the impact that welfare reform is having on fuel poverty levels in the UK; and ensure that all households are able to engage in the competitive energy market.

You can get involved either as an individual member or as part of a Corporate Partner, working in collaboration to tackle fuel poverty.

Thursday, 23 August 2018 10:41

Act on Energy encourage energy conservation by providing free and impartial advice to householders and small businesses in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Coventry, Solihull and the surrounding local areas.  If you live in these areas you can contact them for advice by phone or using their contact form.

The website contains useful resources, together with a FAQ section to help people  improve insulation and reduce energy usage in their properties.