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Avoid loan sharks

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.

  • 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. 

*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.

Rainbow Money Advice holiday arrangements

London free from Poverty?

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?

First Foods cookery Session

                Starting Thursday 2nd March 2017

                              1pm – 2.30pm

For parents with 6 mths + age ,Practical cookery class.Free demonstration.

Free recipe and ingredients to take home each week

Please call to book your place 020 8449 2423


Address: Underhill Children’s Centre, Mays Lane, Barnet, EN5 2LZ Tel: 020 8449 2423 Email:

Additional Venues: Whitings Hill School, Whitings Road, Barnet, EN5 2QY & Vale Drive Health Centre, Vale Drive, Barnet, EN5 2ED Other Children Centres in Central/East locality: Hampden Way: N14 5DJ (020 8368 213), Newstead: N2 8LG (020 8359 3460), St Margaret’s: EN4 9NT (020 8449 5466), Coppetts Wood: N10 1JS (020 8883 2985)




Please call to book your place 020 8449 2423

Rainbow Food Donations

The Rainbow centre and Barnet Community projects have joined up partnership with west London Felix project.


Every day hundreds of tons of food are thrown away in our city. There’s nothing wrong with most of it – it’s wholesome and fresh but surplus to requirements.

At the Felix Project we collect that food from food suppliers and redistribute it to a variety of local charities that prepare meals for their clients. We simply want to see good food go to good causes.




Here at the Rainbow centre we are dedicated to supporting  our local community , we can support family’s with food donations as we receive them , if you are on low income or are going through financial hardship please contact the Rainbow centre to sign up to our distribution list.

Please contact us on:

0208 441 9837 or email






Rainbow Activities

 Upcoming Weekly  Rainbow Activities


Come along to the Rainbow Centre and get involved in these varied activities.

Each week we will be holding different workshops and activities  for you to try out


Salsa: Thursday 10th November & Thursday 8th December 7.30-9.30pm, just £2pp

Bingo: Saturday 12th & 19th of November 3.30-5.30pm , Just £3 for a book of 3 and £5 for book of 6

Nails: Saturday 19th November 12-3pm ,( with “in our hands nail technician”) Suggested donation of £2pp

Art and Craft sessions: Saturday 26th November (shabby chic session) & Sunday 18th December (Xmas wreath candle centre piece making session) 2-4pm , just 2pp

Film Screening: Sunday 4th December showing Nativity 3: Dude where’s my car,  5-7pm this is a FREE event.

As with all our workshops and activities the Rainbow café will be open for refreshments.

Please contact Millie for more information: