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Barnet charity worker scoops prize for helping hungry kids

Congratulations to our wonderful Lunch Club co-ordinator Karen Hedges


A volunteer has been recognised as a hidden hero for helping feed hungry kids in school holidays.

Karen Hedges runs a Barnet-based lunch kitchen which has served over 5,000 meals to children during the school holidays.

The kitchen at the Rainbow centre on the Dollis Valley estate caters for up to 50 youngsters from low-income families and is part of a national charity Make Lunch.

And she was awarded hero honour by hotel industry charity Room to Reward and will now receive a free short break in a participating hotel.

Ms Hedges, 52, paid tribute to more than 40 volunteers who have helped make the Barnet Community Projects-backed venture a success over the last four years.

She said: “We run during the school holidays and as well as providing lunches we run activities and games, such as dance. I was really surprised to win this, it was really nice to be acknowledged and I accepted it on behalf of all the volunteers.”

Room to Reward’s charity director Adam Terpening commented: “Karen’s dedication to her community is outstanding and as such to be able to acknowledge this with a short respite break has been an honour.

Community Kitchen

                This Friday’s Community Kitchen


Soup of the day served with crusty bread



Fish and chips served with peas

*Vegetarian option available*



School cake and custard

As always our 3 course meal is just £1pp , we aim to have the starter ready by 1pm but can sometimes run a little.

The Rainbow centre Celerbrates

The rainbow centre is excited to announce that last week we received our health and hygiene certificate and we have been given 5*

Well done to all staff who continuously work as a team to keep the rainbow centre at this high standard.

Also to our wonderful chef Georgia (pictured) who keeps the food standard and cooking facility’s hygiene to an exceptional standard.

Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen is Back from Friday the 8th of January.

We have a exciting new menu to get you to come along to our community kitchen each week. you can get involved or simply get to know others from your local community.

This Weeks Menu


We have a heart warming vegetable soup.


Weather you’ve lost the holiday spirit or clinging on what is left of it ,

we have a mouth watering Turkey Curry to Tickle your taste buds.


Can we tempt you to try our famously delicious Pineapple upside down cake served with hot custard.

*Vegetarian option  available weekly.

As always our 3 course meal costs Just £1pp.

We aim to have the starter ready by 1pm but sometimes may run a little late.

For more information or if you would like to get involved in our community Kitchen Please contact.

The Rainbow Centre

0208 441 9837

Or Email:

Barnet Christmas Fayre

Barnet Community Projects will be providing the sound and stage for the fair.

Along side the Rainbow centre cafe,who will be providing hot drinks and   delicious cup cakes.

Sunday 6th December.

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Please click on the link for more information.

Community Kitchen

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Today 1pm 3 courses for £1.

On the menu we have homemade burgers, served with potato wedges and salad. for desert it’s a real favourite! Strawberry meringue.

Chesterfield road family funday.

It took us a while to get this together as we’ve been so busy. The one good thing about the colder months is we’ve had the chance to catch up on all the things we didn’t manage to get round to. Please enjoy.

On Sunday 31st of august 2014 Barnet Community Projects partnered with residents in the local community to put on a family fun day on our local green space. After a couple of months of planning and a lot of hard work we were all able to enjoy our efforts. We were supported by local business, individuals and other organisations. For more info please visit


Levi Roots, Georgia & Jayson @ Prince’s Trust – Food Academy

You may recognise a couple of the people in this short video produced by The food Academy. Yes that’s right they are now employed with us at the Rainbow Centre on the Dollis Valley estate.

POP-UP Cinema


The first ever pop-up cinema experience for Dollis Valley… Book your free ticket now and vote for the movie you’d like to see!

The line-up includes two killer movies, tasty food and drink, the Dollis Dolls Nail Bar and more treats too…

Doors open at 3pm, films show at 4pm and 6pm.

Bring your onesies and blankets to get cosy and stay warm!

Stay up to date and get the latest info HERE.

May Newsletter 2014

Arc Café

There are changes stirring in the Arc Café; a new vibrancy is spreading out into the Dollis Valley Community and there is an excitement in the air.

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have a new Chef in residence. Paul Stevens has joined us and is running the kitchen at the centre. We are looking forward to tasting his new menu that is being rolled out even as this newsletter is being written. We will be selling hot and cold food, including great breakfasts that will easily keep you going until lunchtime, after which you will be able to return to the Café for a scrumptious hot or cold meal.  You want a good cup of coffee?  There are plenty of choices and a sandwich, biscuit or cake to go with it.  Who can resist?  So, come along to the Arc Café and meet the staff and the Chef and share this new experience with us.  We look forward to seeing you!


Rainbow Centre

We are excited to report that the Centre has never been so busy with an almost full weekly schedule of courses and clubs. The centre’s regular bookings reflect the Communities diversity and really helps promote the community feel we love.  Please see the selection of the various activities in our calendar here to see the extent of work being done at the Rainbow Centre and through Barnet Community Projects.



We are always looking for volunteers at the Rainbow Centre who would be willing to give up some hours of their day/week to come and help out in various ways.  If you feel that you would like to contribute some of your time to the Rainbow Centre, please contact using the form at the bottom of this newsletter so that we can share our vision with you.  We are a Friendly group with a positive attitude towards change and growth and would love to share that with others.


Community Kitchen

Every Friday we run a Community Kitchen at the Rainbow Centre.  This is what it sounds like!  You can come and get an extremely tasty three course meal for just £1.00!!  Come along and see what this does to your taste buds – a definite temptation and not to be missed!


Building on Arts Festival

Make a note in your diaries ladies and Gentlemen!  The first ever Arts Festival is coming to Dollis Valley!  On Saturday 31 May from 10am to 5pm events will be running throughout the day at both The Rainbow Centre and the Valley Pre-School.  There are lots of exciting workshops to participate in such as: Screen Printing, Glass Painting, Junk Modelling, Open Mic, T-shirt printing and more.  Don’t miss this opportunity to develop your skills and learn a new craft.