Read this for information about free Covid-19 support from: voluntary groups, central government and Barnet Council:
There are several voluntary groups that provide free support for people needing help self-isolating (e.g. picking up shopping, sending post, or a friendly chat).
Details can be found by following this website link: https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/
Details of a Finchley service are shown below. They also have volunteers in postcode EN5 and will provide support for people living there. Phone 07565 321 508, email email@example.com, or request assistance at helpme.mutualaid.co.uk
Central Government support
Help is available by following this link to the government website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
This is for people to register if they have a medical condition that makes them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, they’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.
If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.
This service is free. You can register yourself, or register for someone else.
If you, a family member, friend, or close member of your community are in need of urgent help that is not medical related, then contact Barnet Council through their urgent support helpline.
Phone: 0808 281 3210
This phone line is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Further information is available from the Barnet Council website via this link:
News from Rainbow Money Advice
Have you seen the new £20 notes? The paper versions can also continue to be used and the Bank of England will give plenty of notice before they’re taken out of circulation.
More information, including how to check whether your new note is genuine, is available via this link.
News from Rainbow Money Advice
Don’t get involved with a loan shark – yule regret it!
The England Illegal Money Lending Team* are warning people not to turn to loan sharks to cover the cost of Christmas.
Loan sharks are unlicensed lenders that charge extortionate amounts of interest. They have been known to use threatening language, intimidation and even violence when demanding payments from their victims.
- All money lenders require proper permission from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to lend money and those who do not are acting illegally.
- Avoid loan sharks because they will make a difficult financial situation much worse.
- If you need to borrow money, check the lender is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
- There are legitimate services you can access for help with money, such as credit unions, which offer safe saving and affordable loans options. Find your nearest Credit Union.
- You are not in trouble if you have borrowed cash or have been paying back a loan from an illegal money lender. The loan shark is because they are the people committing a crime, not you.
- You can safely report a loan shark to the Illegal Money Lending Team on 0300 555 2222 or fill out the online form.
- You can also obtain help from Rainbow Money Advice by emailing Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org,uk or phone/text 07981 760 399.
*The England Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 394 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 480 years’ worth of custodial sentences and have helped over 29,000 people.
Please watch and share this short video featuring young Londoners talking about a capital free from poverty.
The video was launched 17th October 2019 by the 4 in 10 Network (which includes Rainbow Money Advice) at the London Child Poverty Summit.
What would a London free from poverty mean for you?
This Friday’s Community Kitchen
Soup of the day served with crusty bread
Chicken Fajitas served with salad and salsa
Pineapple upside down cake served with cream
As always our 3 course meal is just £1pp , we aim to have the food ready by 1pm but can sometimes run a little late
Weekly Floristry course at the Rainbow centre
Come along to our fantastic weekly floristry course you will learn the art of floristry by the wonderful Lisa who’s creations are truly amazing.
Week by week you will follow a step by step guide to arrangements , bouquets , sprays , centre pieces and more.
The sessions will run every Sunday for 6 weeks starting 2nd April, 3-5pm(Easter Sunday will not run) the session is just £10 per session with refreshments available.
To book a space please contact Mille: email@example.com or call the Rainbow centre 0208 4419837.
This Friday’s Community Kitchen
Potato & Leek soup served with crusty bread
Roast chicken served with roast potatoes and seasonal veg
*vegetarian option available*
Delicious Jelly & Ice cream
As always our 3 course meal is just £1pp , we aim to have the starter out by 1pm
Come along to our st Patrick’s day community kitchen
Shamrock soup served with soda bread
Irish Stew served with colcannon
Irish Cream brownies
Come along and celebrate st patricks day at the Rainbow centre , go green if you dare!
As always our 3 course meal is just £1pp , we aim to have the starter ready by 1pm.
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.