- About us
- Commissioning and funding
- Voluntary Sector Strategy Group
- Organisations and groups funded or commissioned by us
- Enfield Voluntary Action
- Volunteering schemes and awards
- Policy templates
- Enfield Neighbourhood Fund
- September 2021 news
- January 2022 news
- February 2022 news
- April 2022 news
The Community Development team provides a central point of contact for the council, the voluntary and community sector and partner agencies. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org about:
- issues relating to voluntary and community organisations
We also have a database of over 650 voluntary organisations, community groups, faith groups and sports clubs. This is updated every year and we use it to:
- keep track of voluntary organisations in Enfield
- communicate funding opportunities, events and other information to voluntary organisations
- answer enquiries about voluntary organisations
You can update your organisation's details online.
Commissioning and funding
We commission services from the voluntary and community sector so we can:
- use current best practices
- avoid fragmented competition for limited resources
- allow the alignment of funding with our key priorities to provide clarity about the outcomes and services that we require
- focus on outputs, outcomes and flexibility as our priorities and outcomes change over time
If you're a voluntary and community sector organisation that is looking for funding, you can do a free online search with Open4Community.
This free tool allows you to search hundreds of grants, schemes and funds that match your organisation's profile. It is updated regularly, with new funding streams added as soon as they are available.
Voluntary Sector Strategy Group
The Voluntary Sector Strategy Group (VSSG) provides a means by which we can work strategically in partnership with Enfield's voluntary and community sector.
On this page you can download minutes from the group's meetings. The VSSG membership and terms of reference are currently under review.
- 18 March (PDF, 36.34 KB)
- 24 June (PDF, 54.8 KB)
- 16 September (PDF, 58.11 KB)
- 16 December (PDF, 198.03 KB)
- 12 March (PDF, 109.09 KB)
- 26 June (PDF, 120.52 KB)
- 24 September (PDF, 79.59 KB)
- 10 December (PDF, 739.33 KB)
- 13 March (PDF, 112.65 KB)
- 26 June (PDF, 144.47 KB)
- 18 September (PDF, 122.49 KB)
- 11 December (PDF, 280.32 KB)
Organisations and groups funded or commissioned by us
On this page you can download documents showing the voluntary organisations and community groups we have funded or commissioned to provide services or activities to Enfield residents. They show the amount we have contributed and the purpose of the expenditure. The last five years' reports from the Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) are available.
Enfield Voluntary Action
Enfield Voluntary Action (EVA) provides services to voluntary and community organisations in Enfield. It supports and promotes their:
- positive and sustainable development
- participation in making decisions that affect the borough
EVA's support, development, and information services consist of:
- development and funding advice
- up-to-date information via EVAeNEWS
- links to good practice, information, reports and useful websites via Online Knowhow
- good practice and networking via Volunteer Centre Enfield
- grants programmes as available on behalf of local, regional and national funders
- Schools in Partnership meetings
Volunteering schemes and awards
100 Hours Volunteering Scheme
The 100 Hours Volunteering Scheme recognises the fantastic work of volunteers in Enfield, who regularly give up their valuable time to help other people in their community.
All voluntary organisations, clubs and community groups in the borough are invited to get involved and register with the scheme.
If you do more than two hours of volunteering a week with a registered organisation, you will get a scheme membership card. You use this card to record each hour of volunteering you complete, with the aim of doing a minimum of 100 hours of volunteering in a year.
People who achieve this goal will be invited to a reception in recognition of their hard work and support for their community. They will also receive a certificate and a limited edition pin badge.
To register with the scheme, email email@example.com.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service recognises the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to their local communities. The Queen has awarded this prestigious honour to hundreds of volunteering groups in the UK.
If you know of a volunteer group that deserves recognition, you can nominate it for the award.
Nominate a group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following policies are available for charitable, voluntary and community organisations to use. You just need to download and add the name of your organisation. You should read them carefully to make sure they meet your needs before using.
Enfield Voluntary Action offers training for trustees, staff and volunteers in voluntary and community organisations.
For details of courses available, visit Enfield Voluntary Action.
Enfield Neighbourhood Fund
Up to £1.4 million will be made available over the next two years to fund a range of projects that will improve the day-to-day lives of our communities and neighbourhoods, as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Enfield Neighbourhood Fund has been set up to ensure local communities can raise funds from new development, to support the delivery of infrastructure and services, such as environmental improvements and new community facilities. It will also allow them to get more actively involved in their neighbourhood and help shape its future.
Have your say
Applications are invited from a range of organisations such as community groups, public bodies and charities to fund community-based projects in Enfield.
We are looking to fund innovative projects that will help reduce deprivation, improve the environment and widen access to opportunities, such as jobs, training and local services.
Grants (from £10,000 to £60,000) will be available to cover:
- capital costs including construction and building works, equipment of significant value, and refurbishment costs
- project-specific revenue costs like operational requirements, professional fees and volunteer costs
You can view a list of NCIL project examples (PDF, 265.8 KB).
You can also download the Neighbourhood Fund application form (XLSX, 47.46 KB).
The first bidding round ended on 9 July 2021. The second round will take place early next year. Details will be published soon.
Email your completed application to email@example.com.
Enfield Voluntary Action will be running a workshop to provide guidance on bidding for the fund. This workshop will look in detail at the guidance and application form.
The workshop will be held in May 2022.
It will include:
- how to fill in the application form, step-by-step
- how to put together a budget
- building knowledge of complementary activities and partners
- top tips on how to write a clear funding proposal
- question and answer session
September 2021 news
Youth Endowment Fund and Comic Relief open £10m fund
The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) and Comic Relief have opened a £10 million fund to learn more about children’s involvement in violence.
The fund will invest in up to ten projects that will help them learn more about how early investment in family support programmes can keep children safe from involvement in violence later in their lives.
To find out more, visit Youth Endowment Fund.
New £1 million fund to help faith groups support communities
A new deal has been made between faith groups and government, to capitalise on the community work that faith groups have been doing during the coronavirus pandemic.
The role of faith groups during the pandemic
Faith groups have widely supported communities throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This has included delivering food to frontline workers and vulnerable people, and supporting people who were lonely, isolated, or in need of vital information.
Using their well-established volunteer networks, and their trusted position at the heart of the communities they serve, they have been able to innovate to overcome challenges quickly.
Faith New Deal Pilot Fund
To continue this work, faith groups can apply for a share of the £1 million Faith New Deal Pilot Fund. The fund is for projects providing innovative solutions to issues such as food poverty and poor mental health.
Projects combating loneliness and isolation, providing debt advice, and helping people who were made unemployed during the pandemic to get back to work, are set to benefit from the new pilot.
The funded projects will build on the good work that’s already been done. It will strengthen relationships between public bodies and faith groups by supporting faith-based initiatives to tackle social issues and boost COVID-19 recovery.
The Faith New Deal Pilot Fund is a response to recommendations made in Danny Kruger’s report for government, ‘Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant‘ and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society’s report, ‘Keeping the Faith – Partnerships between faith groups and local authorities during and beyond the pandemic’. Both describe how faith groups can provide innovative solutions to complex problems and make valuable contributions to all parts of society.
The fund will be open to faith-based organisations to deliver projects to provide community-wide services open to all the local population. The funded projects will also aim to have a positive impact in fostering good relations between people of faith and those of other faiths or none within local communities.
More information and contact
For more information visit GOV.UK – Faith New Deal Pilot Fund or contact us using the details below.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone - 030 3444 0000 (for public general enquiries)
Address - 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Do the right thing for your health – quit smoking this October.
It’s never too late to quit smoking. You will start to see the benefits immediately!
We know we’re stronger together. So this Stoptober, join us and all the people who have already quit smoking this year to feel better, save money and to breathe easier. If you can make it to 28 days smoke free, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good.
It’s never too late to quit – stopping smoking brings immediate benefits to health, including for people with an existing smoking-related disease.
Free support is available to quit by searching ‘Stoptober’ for a full range of quitting support options.
Life After Loss Programme
Mind in Enfield and Barnet, and Citizens Advice Enfield are partnering to support community recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
If you are living, working or studying in Enfield and have experienced:
- a bereavement during the pandemic
- psychological or emotional issues from the pandemic (for example in work, relationships, financial stress)
- Long COVID or other health issues from having had COVID-19
We can offer:
- up to 8 sessions of free counselling with Mind in Enfield and Barnet
- fast-track access to advice from Citizens Advice Enfield, with a dedicated caseworker
- support from Citizens Advice Enfield in accessing charity grants and emergency financial aid
Coughs and colds in children: advice for parents and carers
The NHS is seeing an increase in respiratory illness in children, as COVID restrictions ease and people mix more.
For most children, respiratory illnesses (coughs and colds) are not serious and they will soon recover following rest and plenty of fluids.
Respiratory infections in children are very common and most of the time children can be looked after safely at home without seeing a doctor. But some children under two can experience more severe illness.
If your child has problems breathing, has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more, or has a persistent high temperature of 38C or above, you should contact your GP, phone 111 free, or go to 111.nhs.uk.
Look at the NHS health advice for parents and carers booklet which will help you work out whether your child can be looked after at home with some help from the pharmacist or if they need to be seen by a doctor.
The booklet is available in Bengali, Greek, Gujarati, Persian (Farsi), Somali and Turkish on the North London Partners website.
Family Based Solutions (FBS) event
Join our event to find out about the Family Based Solutions Team.
This event is a great opportunity for professionals to:
- meet the team
- have a better understanding of how we work
- understand referral criteria for each of our services
- understand how and why we use the solution focus approach
- ask questions
- see our stats
- see how FBS can support your clients, organisation, and staff
Our services include:
- child to parent abuse ages 6 to 18
- domestic abuse recovery
- adult abusers programme - FBR
- education programme - BOSS
- training and workshops
- additional add on therapeutic services
The event is taking place on Tuesday 30 Nov 2021 at 9:30am.
To sign up for the event see Eventbrite – Family Based Solutions.
January 2022 news
Easy Read health guides for parents and carers
The NHS has produced an Easy Read Health Advice for Parents and Carers booklet.
There is also an Easy Read Advice for Parents and Carers guide which explains where and when to get help from a healthcare professional if your child is unwell.
The Easy Read Bronchiolitis in Babies and Young Children guide explains the symptoms of the common respiratory condition, how to care for a child if they have symptoms, and when to get medical help.
The Health Advice for Parents and Carers booklet is also available to download in other languages, including Bengali, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Polish, Somali and Turkish.
Get vaccinated and keep Enfield safe
It’s more important than ever for you to join the nearly 200,000 Enfield residents who have had their first and second COVID-19 vaccinations.
If you’ve had your first and second COVID-19 vaccine, and it’s been three months since your second, you can now have your booster.
We already know that 98% of those admitted to hospital with COVID-19 have not been fully vaccinated. With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, we urge you to get vaccinated to keep yourself, your loved ones, and Enfield safe.
For more information and to book an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination or booster, visit COVID vaccinations in Enfield.
A better place to rent in Enfield
Enfield Council wants to improve property conditions and standards of management in the private rented property sector.
Property licensing in Enfield helps us improve the appearance of your streets and neighbourhoods. The licensing schemes have been introduced to improve property conditions and management standards.
You are committing an offence if you have not applied for a licence for your:
- additional HMO property occupied by three or more people forming more than one household who share some amenities, such as a kitchen or bathroom
- selective privately rented residential property occupied by one or two persons, or one family households, located in 14 wards (areas) across the borough
Don’t break the law. Landlords and agents need to check if their property needs a licence.
To find out more and apply for a licence now, visit private rented property licensing.
Update on action for rent arrears support
The Housing Advisory Service in Enfield have provided funds to assist residents who are in rent arrears and are at risk of losing their homes. The funds are only available for a short period.
Residents have to show they:
- have actively tried to reduce their arrears
- are not entitled to any backdated benefit payment or delay
- have taken all the necessary steps to avoid losing their home - for example, engaging with landlord or services
If you know anyone who would qualify for this assistance, please complete the third party referral from (.docx) and email it to email@example.com with the subject heading ‘RENT ARREARS’.
Please confirm with the client the amount of rent arrears. Any queries please email Lucretia Thomas on Lucretia.Thomas@enfield.gov.uk.
Look out for your Household Notification Letter
The Household Notification Letter will list people who are currently registered to vote, so you can check that we have the correct details for your address. Contact us if the details need to be updated.
Your Vote Matters. You need to be included on the electoral register to vote. To register to vote go to GOV.UK – register to vote.
If you have any queries, email Enfield Electoral Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you familiar with the new changes to your ward?
New ward boundaries and revised polling districts for Enfield may mean your assigned polling station has changed.
The next scheduled election will be the local council elections to be held on Thursday 5 May 2022 when the new wards will come into effect. Check your polling card for your nearest polling station and map, as your polling station location may have changed.
Are you registered to vote? Would you find it easier to vote by post?
To find out more, view the new wards and list of polling stations for Enfield.
New BeeZee Bodies family weight management programmes
Public Health are working with BeeZee Bodies family weight management programmes starting in January. They are a team of trained nutritionists and wellbeing coordinators who run fun and support sessions to families in Enfield to help them manage their health and weight. There is an online portal, online webinars, sessions in the community, and one-to-one sessions available free of charge.
See more information:
- Flyer for professionals (PDF, 638.98 KB)
- Flyer for parents (PDF, 1070.52 KB)
- Timetable of the upcoming programmes (PDF, 181.57 KB)
If you are working with a family who would benefit from healthy eating advice, physical activity, cooking, parenting support and lots more, make a quick and easy referral at Beezee Bodies - refer.
If you would like the BeeZee Bodies Team to attend your team meetings, email email@example.com.
Budget 2022-23 - Have Your Say
Enfield Council funding is under considerable strain because of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the growing pressure on our services through inflationary and demographic pressures, meaning more people require key services such as social care.
Following confirmation of the funding allocation for Enfield on 16 December, we have reviewed our financial forecasts and proposed to the Council’s Cabinet to agree new savings and income generation proposals of £8.614m. These are significant savings that we need to make in 2022/23 and it’s only right that residents, local organisations and businesses contribute to that discussion. We still face a gap of £3.732m for 2022/23 and a gap of £41.083m over the medium term, so will continually need to make further savings in the years to come to cover the gap.
We would like to hear your views on our approach. We are hoping to tap into your knowledge and experience of the challenges facing local people and your own sector.
You can find out more about our proposals and how you can share your views by visiting Budget 2022-23 - Have Your Say. The closing date for responses is 11 February 2022 at 5pm.
If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop Smoking London
In May 2019 the London Borough of Enfield implemented a new model of stop smoking support across the borough. All smokers living, working or studying in Enfield can contact and access specialist, personalised help from health advisers.
The service provided by the Stop Smoking London supports Londoners through a 28-day journey to quit smoking with trained advisers, guiding you through various options tailored to suit each individual.
This is a free service and accessible both online and over the phone. It runs from Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm. For more information visit Stop Smoking London or telephone 0300 123 1044.
Jobs and skills stories
Looking for a new job in 2022 but not sure about your next step? Take a look at the national JobHelp website. The site contains lots of information and advice on training and applying for jobs as well as vacancies.
Boost your skills and improve your job prospects in 2022 with the national Skills Toolkit. All courses are free and cover a wide range of themes including maths, IT, personal development and business. To find out more visit The Skills Toolkit.
Draft Tackling Child Neglect Strategy 2022-25
We would like to hear your views on our draft Tackling Child Neglect Strategy 2022-25.
The draft strategy outlines how we will increase our local understanding of the prevalence of neglect and improve the identification of, and response to neglect. This will improve the way needs and risks are understood, recognised and responded to at all stages of a child’s life at the earliest opportunity.
As a voluntary and community sector organisation working with children, young people and families, we welcome your thoughts and feedback on this draft strategy.
You can view the draft strategy. Please complete our questionnaire by 21 February 2022.
If you have any queries or need help sharing your views, email email@example.com.
Stronger Communities Grants Fund - deadline 14 February
The Greater London Authority (GLA) is inviting applications from London voluntary and community sector organisations with an annual turnover of £200k or less to the new Building Strong Communities Grants Fund, which is now open for applications.
Deadline for applications for this first round is 14 February 2022. If you're a voluntary or community organisation supporting communities impacted by COVID-19 you could get funding.
Who should apply?
Are you part of or work with a community that has been badly affected by COVID-19, either socially or economically?
Do you have a great idea for a project to help rebuild community strength, voice or connection?
Perhaps you already run a successful programme that you are ready to expand - to benefit more people or to reach new groups?
The GLA is inviting applications from London voluntary and community sector organisations with an annual turnover of £200k or less to the new Building Strong Communities Grants Fund. There are three types of grants available:
- Microgrants of £1,000
- Microgrants of between £1,001 and £5,000
- Small Grants of between £5,001 and £10,000
Grants will be awarded across three rounds, with applications being accepted from February 2022, with subsequent rounds in Spring and Summer 2022.
- CoPN Launch Event Report 2021 (PDF, 5061.88 KB)
- CoPN Support Grant 2021 (PDF, 198.99 KB)
- Financial information required (PDF, 31.6 KB)
The deadline for applications for this first round is 14 February 2022. All of the information for applicants can be viewed at Building Strong Communities Fund.
Community Advice Hub at North Middlesex Hospital
Age UK Enfield have been working with colleagues across Enfield and Haringey, including Haringey Connected Communities, Enfield Connections, Citizens Advice Enfield, Enfield Carers Centre and Engage - Riverside, to set up a Community Advice Hub at North Middlesex Hospital.
The Community Advice Hub can support patients, their families or carers with general advice and information on a wide range of issues, including:
- registering with a GP or accessible transport
- applying for benefits, housing or debt issues
- accessing support for health conditions
- finding out about health and wellbeing activities in the community
Alison Gordon, Head of Prevention Services at Age UK Enfield said:
‘The Community Advice Hub is a fantastic way for us to reach out to the community, to meet people who may not be aware of the services that we offer. Our partnership with North Middlesex Hospital will help us to connect with patients and their families, as well as health professionals who may wish to refer people to our services. It’s a great example of a range of organisations working together, with the support of Enfield and Haringey commissioners, to provide the best holistic service for people attending the hospital’.
If the Community Advice Hub can’t help with your enquiry, they will be able to refer you to an organisation who can.
The Community Advice Hub is open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday, and 10am to 2pm Friday. It’s located next to Costa Coffee on the ground floor of the main hospital building. Inpatients who can’t make it down to the hub can email or call to arrange a telephone appointment.
- Phone - 07971 353607 (leave a message)
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website - Northmid.nhs.uk - community advice hub
The Belling Educational Foundation Grants 2022
The Belling Educational Foundation was set up in 1973 with funds left by Charles Reginald Belling, a famous Enfield engineer. Mr Belling wanted to promote education in Enfield, particularly in electronic engineering and electronics. This grant enables individuals to access educational facilities such as training or specialist equipment.
The Belling Educational Foundation is administered by Enfield Council with the Trustees being Enfield Councillors.
If you live, work or study in an engineering or electronic field in Enfield or you know someone who does, then spread the word.
Individuals or groups who are interested can apply for funding of up to £2,000 for things like specialist equipment or tools, books or training and so much more.
Visit MyLife - The Belling Educational Foundation for more information and to download an application form.
The deadline to apply for the grant is 5pm on Monday 18 April 2022. Applicants will know the outcome by Friday 20 May 2022.
Good luck to all applicants!
February 2022 news
Covid testing for the partially sighted
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has launched a new service making it easier for partially sighted people to use lateral flow tests in their home.
The service consists of a new app, the Be My Eyes app, and video-call support service with specially trained NHS Test and Trace staff to help partially sighted people to take lateral flow tests at home.
The app connects people with low to moderate vision with agents from 119 through a live video call. Users can use live video assistance from NHS Test and Trace staff to help guide them through how to order, use the tests and register their test results.
For more information, visit GOV.UK - COVID-19 rapid testing made easier for partially sighted people.
The purpose of the Holiday Grants programme is to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children who experience disadvantage or who have disabilities. You must apply at least six weeks before your trip or holiday is due to take place.
Grant size: £500 - £2,500.
For more information, visit The Henry Smith Charity.
Partnerships and reaching communities funds
This programme offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community thrive - whether that's a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.
For more information, visit Community Fund - Partnerships.
Reaching Communities fund
This programme offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work with their community to help them thrive. We fund projects that work to make positive changes in their community - whether that is for people living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.
For more information, visit Community Fund - Reaching Communities England.
Free childcare for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds
30 hours for 3 to 4-year-olds
By getting a 30 hour childcare code, working parents of 3 to 4-year-olds can claim up to 30 free hours a week for their child to be at a childminder, nursery or pre-school playgroup. This is an additional 15 hours to the universal entitlement all 3 to 4-year-old children in England receive per week. This sums up to 1140 free hours a year parents can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider. If you think you are eligible, you can apply for a 30 hour code anytime from when your child is 2 years and 9 months.
Parents on a low income and/or on benefits, can apply to get 15 free hours a week of early education and childcare for their 2-year-old at a childminder, nursery or pre-school playgroup. This is a total of 570 hours a year of early education and childcare parents can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider. To find out more and apply, visit Informed Families or text TERRIFIC to 81025.
Diversity Living Services (DLS) is back!
DLS now has funding from the NHS to carry on with their project 'Stand up for Good Health and Well-being'. All DLS services came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, DLS are back and have a lot of fun events planned for this year and look forward to seeing all their clients and service users.
Free blood pressure checks and health awareness workshops will resume in April at various locations around Edmonton. If you would like DLS to deliver workshops, or carry out blood pressure checks for your organisation and their service users, you can email DLS on email@example.com.
We would like to hear what you think of local pharmacy services
We all use our local pharmacies, but now Enfield Council is carrying out an assessment to find out how you use them, when you use them, and if they're meeting the needs of you and your family.
The questionnaire closes on 11 March 2022, but the on-line survey will remain open until 13 March 2022.
Your views and experiences are important to us. To make your views count, visit Healthy Enfield.
Are you registered to vote?
Local council elections give you the chance to have your say on local issues that matter to you.
But to vote, you must be registered. See information on how to register to vote.
Would you find it easier to vote by post? - voting by post means you will not have to worry about getting to your polling station on Election Day - saving potential travel costs and time.
Your Vote Matters.
Improving private rented homes in Enfield
If you rent privately in Enfield, see why Enfield's Property Licensing Schemes are important to you. View advice for tenants on YouTube.
To find out more or report a problem confidentially, see our Private rented property licensing page.
We want to support landlords to improve standards. View advice for landlords on YouTube that explains important information for landlords and agents about Enfield's HMO property licensing schemes.
Landlords need to apply for a licence. For more information, see houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
EU Settlement Scheme - support is still available
The EU Settlement Scheme application deadline has passed, but you may still be able to make a late application.
Parents should check if they need to make a late EU Settlement Scheme application on behalf of their children, even if you have applied for yourself.
Even if you have lived in the UK for many years, you should still check if you need to apply. You can still make a late application if you have reasonable grounds for missing the deadline.
To apply now, visit GOV.UK - applying for settled status.
If you've applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, you will be issued a Certificate of Application to help demonstrate your rights while you await an outcome to your application.
To find out more, visit GOV.UK - view and prove your immigration status.
Family Based Solutions (FBS) workshops and events
Visit FBS Eventbrite page for upcoming events and workshops.
Final tree planting countdown
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and get involved with the Enfield Chase Woodland Creation Project. There are around 8,000 trees left to go into the ground before the end of the planting season. Planting these trees will help to mitigate the effects of climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air and help with flood resilience.
To help reach the project's goal of planting 100,000 trees, please sign up by visiting Thames 21.
Healthy Start vouchers turn digital this month
The Healthy Start scheme helps those who are pregnant or have a child under the age of 4 to buy healthy food and milk. From the end of March 2022, you will no longer receive paper Healthy Start vouchers as these will be phased out. Instead, you will need to sign up to the new digital scheme before the end of this month in order to continue receiving your payments. Anyone else who is new to the scheme can sign up with Healthy Start at any time to see if they are eligible to apply.
Family food scanning app to make healthier choices
The NHS Food Scanner app makes it easy to find out what's in your food and drink, helping your family to make healthier choices. It's fun to use - all you have to do is scan the barcode on your chosen product and the app will show you how much sugar, saturated fat and salt the product contains. It will also suggest some tasty, healthy alternatives. The more you scan, swipe and swap, the more points you will get to become a Scan Adventurer, Rockstar or Ninja!
Age UK Enfield - Dementia friendly community activities
If you're supporting anyone with a diagnosis of dementia, we can help. We can support from point of diagnosis or later. We are commissioned to work with our Enfield Memory Service colleagues to offer timely support and advice. We meet with the person and their families to discuss their current situation and help with:
- living well with dementia
- understanding your diagnosis
- accessing supportive services
- meeting others
- working to obtain benefits
- council tax exemptions
- later life planning
And most importantly, we are the door opener to a huge range of information and services in Enfield and surrounding areas.
We work closely with our Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE), and health and social care colleagues, and grassroot community/faith groups, to make sure that a person gets the right timely support from the organisation most suitable to provide it.
It can be a mind field to understand and navigate through the services or find a suitable activity. Not just for people affected by dementia and their carers, but for professionals too, as there is a huge amount of information to search through. Our Health and Wellbeing Navigators can help and provide information about:
- Enfield Carers Centre - they have a dedicated carers group which we attend and support. The Parker Centre will be offering Carer Exercise groups.
- Enfield Connections, CAB and LBE Community Hubs - Community Ambassadors can help people with information, advice, and housing concerns - supported by a huge range of dedicated housing agencies like Riverside and Housing Advisory Service
- Peer support dementia sessions and groups in the community, like Home Instead, H's Club, Rotary Clubs and other small groups we actively support and signpost people to
- Enfield Caribbean Association and MHA have weekly groups that are all dementia friendly lunch activity
- Day care offers and luncheon clubs across the borough, such as Enfield Asian Welfare Association, The Parker Centre and Rose Taylor.
- Creative opportunities - Our Alzheimer's Society colleagues deliver Singing for the Brain weekly, and Chicken Shed hosts Glad Rags as a new immersive musical event
- Leisure opportunities - there are walks and talks, exercise sessions and craft sessions dotted around the borough that are all dementia friendly and run by ourselves and colleagues in Ruth Winston, Over50's and church groups. Libraries host Tea and Chatters, Digital sessions, book lending and more. Fusion, Holtwhites, Bush Hill Park - the list is endless.
- Essential support from Community Services, Safe & Connected, LFB, Safer Neighbourhood Teams
- The Enfield Dementia Action Alliance - leads on developing dementia friendly communities, campaigns, and education - led by Janice Nunn and chaired by Venetta Hunt
To refer or enquire, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund
Grants will be available for organisational running costs, projects and organisational/leadership development and can range from £100 to £25,000. Applicants must be an England based non-profit group or organisation that is led by and for LGBT+ people in the UK.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the programme will close to new applications on 30 October 2022. To apply, visit Consortium.
April 2022 news
Putting Communities First - let’s talk!
Now is the time for a conversation about how The National Lottery Community Fund can best support UK communities to prosper and thrive.
As part of their commitment to the community, Putting Communities First are renewing their UK-wide strategy and they want you to get involved.
Communities across the UK are facing fresh challenges and opportunities, and have new hopes and goals. Putting Communities First want you to help them better understand what these are and how they might support them.
This is an exciting and inspiring time to shape the future of how Putting Communities First invest in communities. They intend to do this by learning, exploring and building big ideas. Thanks to National Lottery players and their grant holders and partners, they have made a significant difference to communities, including through the pandemic.
How you can help
Putting Communities First want to make sure they are using their resources the best they can. They also want to make sure they remain relevant, responsive, and supportive to the communities they serve.
By sharing your thoughts and ideas, you can help make sure the support they provide remains fit and future-focused.
To let Putting Communities First know what you think, fill in their Strategy Renewal Survey by Friday 20 May.
For more information, visit Putting Communities First.
BBC Children in Need - We Move Fund
Non-profit groups will soon be able to apply for funding for projects which empower Black children and young people in the UK.
The We Move Fund: Youth Social Action is part of the We Move Fund, in partnership with BBC Radio 1xtra. Through the fund, Children in Need will commit £10 million over 10 years to create and invest in opportunities for Black children and young people across the UK.
This funding will see £1 million given in the form of 50 to 70 grants of:
- up to £15,000 for unregistered organisations (£10,000 per year or £15,000 over 18 months)
- up to £50,000 over 18 months for registered organisations
The aim of the fund is to support organisations to bring social action and youth empowerment opportunities to Black children and young people, and to help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face.
Register your interest in the We Move Fund by 10 June 2022.
Get practical tips and advice to improve your fundraising with the most popular resources released this year.
- Digital Skills Toolkit - jam-packed with practical advice to help your organisation advance its digital skills
- How to choose a cloud-based fundraising (Constituent Relationship Management) CRM - find out everything you need to know when searching for a new fundraising CRM
For digital change:
- Blog: How to lead your team through technology implementation - get practical tips on how to make sure it's a success at your organisation
- How to build a business case for digital investment webinar - learn the best tips and tricks to ensure buy-in for digital investment
- Four tips to kickstart your fundraising in 2022 webinar - refresh your fundraising with tips on diversification, stewardship, goal-setting and digital
- Improve your fundraising with data - learn how to understand, clean, and store your data in a way that will improve your fundraising
You can find more resources on the Blackbaud resources hub.
The Skills and Employability Summit returns to London this July
The Skills and Employability Summit is back, returning to etc.venues, St Pauls, London on Tuesday 5 July.
Following the economic impact of the pandemic, this event will bring together local authorities, academic institutions, central government departments, training providers and employers to discuss new ways to maximise employment opportunities and address the skills gap.
Industry-leading speakers from the DfE, UCAS and CBI will provide key updates on:
- the latest skills funding opportunities
- best practice insights for effective education-employer collaboration
- top tips for supporting workforce upskilling
Enfield Wellbeing Network
Enfield Wellbeing Network are on a mission to make Enfield healthier through helping residents achieve their health and wellbeing goals.
Since launching on 17 January 2022, they have supported over 30 Enfield residents on their way to successfully self-managing their health and wellbeing.
Enfield Wellbeing Network is free to join, and is aimed at Enfield residents aged 18+ who do not receive statutory care.
Enfield Wellbeing Network prides itself for:
- being a one-stop-shop for carers
- providing fit for life activities
- working towards better mental health in the borough
- putting in place support to prevent longer term health conditions
Enfield Wellbeing Network have dedicated and experienced health and wellbeing practitioners giving one-to-one and group support, alongside volunteers, to ensure client wellbeing plans are fun, engaging and tailored to the client’s interests. Clients will soon find themselves able to self-manage their health and lead fuller healthier lifestyles.
All activities are based in Enfield and could include:
- building confidence by learning how to manage health, and possibly prevent new conditions
- self-care management tools and techniques
- health awareness, including mental health
- movement and exercise
- diet and nutrition
- support for carers
If you are interested in joining, you can contact Enfield Wellbeing Network directly by email email@example.com or call 020 3827 2840.
Enfield Wellbeing Network is funded by Enfield Council, with Enfield Voluntary Action as strategic lead, alongside Citizens Advice Enfield and AlphaCare Specialists, and is delivered by Age UK Enfield, Enfield Carers Centre, and Mind in Enfield and Barnet.