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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.

Barnet high street en5 5xp

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