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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.

Rainbow centre activity dates

                                    January 2017


January 2017 activities



  • Friday 6th Jan- MMA 6.30-7.30pm
  • Friday 13th Jan-MMA 6.30-7.30pm
  • Friday 20th Jan- MMA 6.30-7.30pm
  • Saturday 21st Jan-Wellbeing and pamper day 2-6pm
  • Saturday 28th Jan- Film screening- ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ 5-7pm


Beginners MMA Training


Beginners MMA Training


MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world today incorporating Boxing, Muay Thai, Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling.

Ibush Kabashi, our 4th Dan MMA Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Our Training includes:

  • How to throw punches & kicks
  • Applying submission techniques
  • Restraint techniques
  • Defence on the ground
  • Improving fitness and stamina

Our MMA training is particularly effective for street self defence. You will learn to defend yourself against unarmed attackers, knife attacks and how to disarm a gunman

Suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes, our MMA training is perfect for both men and women who want to get in shape, learn the art of MMA and learn practical self-defence.

You will be able to progress on to our advanced classes which run at the same venue through the week.

1st lesson free and only £2 there after

Adults and children age 7 plus, separate groups running alongside each other so it’s perfect if you are a parent who wants to bring your child along to train whilst you train.

When: every Friday

Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm

Venue: The Rainbow Centre,Dollis Valley Drive, Barnet Herts , En5 2un


For more information please call Millie on: 07572608919/02084419837 or drop in for the session, no need to book in.

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:


Rainbow Salsa dance class

       Rainbow Salsa evening class

Thursday 10th November 7.30pm-9.30pm


Come along to the Rainbow Centre for a evening of fun and dance, you will learn how to  dance salsa while having fun and exercising!

All abilities welcome it costs  just £2pp  , Refreshments will be available from the Rainbow café.

Please contact Mille for more information:



Looking for something fun & creative to do this half term?

Why not come along to the Rainbow centre and have some fun getting creative with JL CIRCUS (FREE) drama and circus classes.

Learn how to juggle , spin plates , and perform spectacular acrobatic tricks!NO

8-11yrs 2.30-4pm (NO SEESION TUESDAY)

11-18yrs 4-5.30pm ( NO SESSION TUESDAY)

These sessions will run through half term only!

The Rainbow centre , Dollis Valley drive , Barnet, en5 2un

London To Le Mans

                                              Steve’s update


Cycled to Mont St Michel today then up into the hills. Going well with folks in good heart. We have had some breakdowns and rainy weather, but have pushed through. Last day tomorrow doing 65 miles to Le Mans. Visited war memorial near Caen, we were all touched by the young lives lost.

Thank you




Rainbow Sundays

Rainbow Sundays presents  


18th September 4.30-6.30pm

Come along to our fantastic salsa class, dance your Sunday away , all abilities welcome,4.30-6.30pm this will cost just £2pp.

The Rainbow café will be open for refreshments after you have danced up an appetite.






Skate park week!


               Come along and join in the week long skating event!


26 -29th July at whitings hill school daily from 12-4pm , come along and showcase your BMX skills!!

Beginners session runs from 12-2pm , intermediate rider session run from 2-4pm.

Tuesday Football

Come and get involved in our weekly football sessions , show us your skills while being

coached by the Suberbos!

Every Tuesday at King George playing field , Registration at the Rainbow centre from 4.45pm.