Welcome to Barnet Together

We work to support the vital role that voluntary sector organisations and volunteers play in our vibrant and expanding borough. Whether you need help in identifying the right fundraising opportunities, the technical expertise and training to help your organisation grow, or simply to engage the inspirational volunteers who will build your capacity and extend your reach we will help you raise your operational profile and help your organisation thrive.

How Can We Help?

Our experienced development team at Barnet Together offers advice and support to local voluntary organisations across the Borough. Whether you need help in setting up a new project, advice on business planning or assistance to identify new funding sources, we have the experience to help your organisation grow and succeed. Contact jenny@inclusionbarnet.org.uk to book a one-to-one advice session, or call 0203 475 1314.

If you would like to become more involved, find out about organisational development matters, have an interest in community events and would like to be kept up-to-date with our training offer then our Community Membership is for you. As part of your membership you will also receive our free newsletter and funding updates.

To sign up to our membership go to our ‘Become a Member’ tab and submit your details.

Free Legal and Governance Helpline Support

Between 9.30am – 5pm on weekdays (excluding bank holidays), our community organisation members can access free telephone helpline support on issues such as HR, Governance, Contracting & Collaboration, Mergers, Intellectual Property, Leases and Property, Legal Structures and Charitable Status. Call Jenny on 0203 475 1308 for details. This helpline is provided in conjunction with our legal partner Russell-Cooke LLP Solicitors. https://www.russell-cooke.co.uk/sectors/charities/employment-for-charities/

Become a Member

Help shape the work we do and ensure we make a difference by running great projects and services. If you are interested in getting a free newsletter and funding updates, please sign up to our community membership below:

There are four types of membership available

Individual Membership: For people with their own lived experience of disability, including mental health issues or long-term conditions, and those that care for them.

Associate MembershipFor people who don’t have their own lived experience of disability, but want to support the work of Inclusion Barnet.

Organisation Membership: For organisations that want to support the work of Inclusion Barnet.

Community Membership: For people and organisations that want information about community events and organisational development. 

If you’d like to join Inclusion Barnet, please first read through the Terms and Conditions of Membership, and then complete the form below.

If you have any trouble accessing the form or have any questions about the different memberships, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Training and Events

  • Would you like to have your say on the 2019 Spending Review? This working conference will help you understand the threats and opportunities to London’s Voluntary Sector. February 20th 9am-12.45
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  • Learn how to develop an effective fundraising strategy for your small charity. March 12th 12-5pm. Tickets just £30. Read more here
  • Work Smarter, Not Harder with this free course for Charity leaders and managers
    Thursday April 18th,  9.15- midday.
    Read more here
  • Understand what makes a successful application with this Writing Successful Bids course from the NVCO. May 3rd London.
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  • Get leading policy updates and best practice insights at the Voluntary Regulation Conference 2019. Wednesday May 15th, London.
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  • Refresh your thinking and create a bigger impact by learning the key strategy decisions essential for planning successful campaigns. June 6th, London.
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  • Learn to collect and interpret the most appropriate methods of data collection for your project, June 20th London.
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  • Getting Referrals, Building Your Network, Growing Revenues. Thursday June 20th, 2019 9.15am – 12. Free.
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Online Learning

  • This Fundraising Strategy course from the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) will give you tools you need to build a sustainable strategy for your organisation’s future.
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Funding Opportunities

It’s never been as important to stay on top of fundraising sources and grant deadlines. These pages aim to provide you with a comprehensive list of key funding sources, helping you to find the right funding for your project. They are constantly updated to reflect new opportunities as they arise.

  • The Woodward Charitable Trust. Funding areas include children and young people at risk of exclusion, projects that help rehabilitation of ex-offenders, disadvantaged women (covers refugees, domestic violence and parenting), disability projects, arts outreach work, projects that promote integration and community cohesion. http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/general_applications/
  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation. A medium-sized grant-making foundation giving grants to small well-established organisations in the UK addressing local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation. http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/
  • The Archer Trust. Grants available for up to £3000. Projects must target areas of high deprivation and unemployment. Organisations who make good use of volunteers are more likely to be successful. https://www.archertrust.org.uk/
  • The Clothworkers’ Foundation. Apply for capital grants in either the main grants programme or small grants programme in areas that include alcohol and substance misuse, people with disabilities, disadvantaged minority communities, disadvantaged young people, domestic and sexual violence, older people, homelessness, prisoners and ex-offenders and visual impairment. https://foundation.clothworkers.co.uk/Open-grant-programmes.aspx
  • Garfield Weston Foundation. Supporting charities of all sizes with regular or major grants, Garfield Weston provides funding for projects concerned with welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health and museums & heritage. https://garfieldweston.org/
  • Grants Online. https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/. Latest funding opportunities by subscription. Can sign up to a free newsletter detailing developments in grant funding as well as latest funding opportunities.
  • Funding Central. NCVO’s subscription-based website from which you can access grants and contracts. Gives handy updates on funding deadlines. https://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/
  • The Directory of Social Change. Access more than 4500 grant-making charities giving out more than £6 billion a year through this subscription site. Helps you find the trusts most likely to support your cause. https://www.dsc.org.uk/category/fundraising/

Resources

We have all the information you need for your organisation to achieve its goals.

Demographics

Great statistics can elevate your fundraising application to the top of the pile. Facts, statistics and quotations all help prove the need for the project you are proposing so it makes sense to research, as expansively as you can, the statistical data around your venture.

London Datastore is free resource providing access to more than 700 datasets on the City of London. Information is available on communities, health, housing, transport, safety, jobs & economy as well as specific area profiles. https://data.london.gov.uk/

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, (JSNA) provided by the Barnet Health & Wellbeing Board, gives in-depth insight into Barnet’s health and social care needs. Information is focused on areas such as health, lifestyle and community safety. Also provides analysis on adult social care, children & young people and gives helpful socio-eonomic and environmental context. https://www.barnet.gov.uk/jsna-home/downloads

The Office for National Statistics provides official labour market statistics for Barnet such as number of employed and unemployed Barnet residents, occupations, qualifications and earning through Nomis. https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/. Neighbourhood statistics and Census statistics are also available on this site.

Trust for London holds London’s Poverty Profile – an independent and comprehensive source of data on poverty and inequality in the capital. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/boroughs/barnet-poverty-and-inequality-indicators/

Safeguarding

Crucial for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk, a thorough, well-developed safeguarding policy is a vital component of your organisation’s policy suite. A clear, well-planned policy will outline your commitment to protecting your clients, employees and volunteers and will also demonstrate how your procedures will protect them from harm. It should also outline the process you have in place for reporting and recording concerns and incidents.

Remember, safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and when creating your policy it’s a good idea to involve your staff so that they can understand the issues that arise and what to do. It’s also worth bearing in mind the principles set out in the Care Act of 2014, designed to help protect vulnerable adults. These are:

  • Empowerment 
    Ensuring people are supported and confident in making their own decisions and giving informed consent.
  • Prevention 
    It is better to take action before harm occurs
  • Protection 
    Giving support to those who need it
  • Proportionality 
    Providing the least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
  • Partnership
     
    Working closely with community organisations can decrease risk as they can assist in preventing and detecting abuse
  • Accountability 
    Being accountable and offering complete transparency in safeguarding solutions will ensure an organisational mind-set that puts safeguarding at the forefront

When designing your policy it is also important to state your intent – in other words your commitment to ensuring that clients, staff and volunteers are protected from all forms of abuse. Remember to be clear on what constitutes abuse and think about the organisational processes that will need to be put in place to report and deal with concerns. Once your policy is complete make sure staff receive appropriate guidance on their role. Include the policy in training and ask everyone to sign it to say they have read and understood it.

Bexley Voluntary Service Council has a very good Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure Template which can be accessed here. Remember to adapt the policy to reflect your own organisational needs.

https://bvsc.co.uk/safeguarding-adults-policy-and-procedure-template

Impact & Evaluation

Demonstrating the impact your organisation has is an increasingly important part of fundraising applications, and can also help you fine-tune your service based on robust evidence of what works. Sharpening your awareness of the value of impact and evaluation can help you deliver better services, plan more soundly and get your staff behind you with better morale and increased productivity.

 Measuring Up is a free step-by-step assessment tool from Inspiring Impact enabling you to evidence the difference your organisation makes https://www.inspiringimpact.org/measuring-up/

Impact Reporting is a cloud-based tool that provides a quick and easy way of reporting social impact. https://impactreporting.co.uk/

The Impact and Insight Toolkit is available from the Arts Council. It’s specifically designed to help organisations understand how well their work intentions align with the experience of their peers and the public. https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/advice-and-guidance-library/impact-and-insight-toolkit

Once you have gathered impact data this resource from the NPC can show you how best to communicate your story. https://www.thinknpc.org/resource-hub/the-principles-of-good-impact-reporting/

The Impact Support Website. More than 100 charities and social enterprises shared their ideas for tools to collect, analyse and present data. A wealth of resources will also help you understand what is and isn’t working and what to do about it.  https://impactsupport.org/

This guidance from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations will not only help you choose your data collection methods but also show the most effective ways of using your findings. https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/organisation/impact/measuring-your-impact

This paper is part of a programme that aims to make impact and measurement the norm for community organisations by 2022. https://www.inspiringimpact.org/publications/are-you-leading-for-impact/

Reports & Publications

Staying on top of sector developments will not only enhance your knowledge and strengthen  your organisational strategy, it will also increase your chances of successful project delivery.

Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society is a publication from the House of Lords considering issues related to the sustainability of charities and the challenges of charity governance. https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201617/ldselect/ldchar/133/133.pdf

The Future of Giving. This report from Barclays gives key trends in giving for the UK’s charity sector. https://www.barclayscorporate.com/content/dam/corppublic/corporate/Documents/Industry-expertise/the-future-of-giving.pdf

Commissioner Perspectives on Working with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector was commissioned by the Department of Health to show how local authorities chose to engage with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/commissioner-perspectives-voluntary-community-social-enterprise-sector

Whatever next? Public Engagement in 2022 provides insight into how charities can continue to successfully engage supporters in a fast-changing world. https://charitycomms.secure.force.com/resource/1486988349000/WhateverNextPublicEngagementin2022

Governance

Good governance supports both compliance with the law and with relevant regulations so it pays to put time and effort into making sure your governance is up-to-date, thorough and effective.

The Charity Governance Code is a practical accessible tool to help both charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance. https://www.charitygovernancecode.org/en/pdf

The Resource Centre provides guidance for any not-for-profit group looking for information on choosing a legal structure. http://www.resourcecentre.org.uk/information/routemap/

All organisations need policies and procedures to guide their day-to-day activities and governance. Small Charity Support has a comprehensive range of templates including becoming a trustee, large legacies & donations and a reserves policy. https://www.smallcharitysupport.uk/index.php/example-policies

Be clear on what is required of a charity trustee with this comprehensive guidance from The Charity Commission. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3

If you are setting up a charity you will need to follow these six key steps as outlined by the Government’s step-by-step guide. https://www.gov.uk/setting-up-charity

Social Enterprise UK takes you through the essentials of setting up a social enterprise. https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/start-your-social-enterprise

Bid Writing

It’s of no surprise that increasing competition for funds has led to funders turning down proposals for projects they once would have accepted. However, there are a number of ways to ensure your proposal has the best possible chance of success. Research, a compelling argument, as well as clear evidence there’s a need for your project will go a long way to elevating your proposal, particularly if you can show your organisation to be credible and capable of success.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) offers a free and practical guide to writing funding applications https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/funding/grants/writing-funding-applications

The Resource Centre provides general guidelines for funding applications as well as how to write a letter of application and how to complete an application form. https://www.resourcecentre.org.uk/information/writing-a-funding-application/

The Directory of Social Change gives its 5 top tips for proposal writing. https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/5-top-tips-charity-proposal-writing/

Give yourself a winning chance with Writing Successful Bids a low-cost introductory course from the School for Social Entrepreneurs aimed at people who would like to learn some of the core principles for writing successful grant and funding applications. https://www.the-sse.org/courses/bid-writing-course/

Human Resources

Clear, consistent policies are at the heart of every workplace, ensuring that staff know what’s expected of them and that managers know how to respond. Find policy templates, free HR advice and employment guides from the following resources.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) provides a wealth of free, impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. Help is available on their A-Z advice pages. www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1390 . They also have a comprehensive online help facility. http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2042. If you can’t find the answer to your HR query online, you can call the ACAS helpline number 0300 123 1100. Monday to Friday 8am-6pm.

The Small Charities Coalition has a wealth of HR resources with free, downloadable guides on topics such as the Pension Auto-Enrolment Scheme, Employing Someone New and An Employer’s Guide to the Employment Tribunal. https://www.smallcharities.org.uk/resources-hr/

Voluntary Action Islington has a full suite of downloadable HR resources including policy templates for Complaints, Confidentiality, Data Protection, Health and Safety, Lone Working and a Trustee Code of Conduct.  https://vai.org.uk/services/policies-resources-and-toolkits/

Populo is a social enterprise providing low-cost, high quality HR advice and a free helpline 07584 731420 between 10am-midday on Wednesdays. https://populo.org.uk/free-phone-advice/ 

Finance

A sound financial structure is pivotal to success no matter what the size of your organisation, and it is well worth seeking guidance. The following organisations provide financial guidance specifically tailored towards community organisations.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). This is a membership organisation which can help you with a diverse range of financial topics including (but not limited to) financial responsibilities, controls on financial assets, record keeping, budgetary control and investment. They also publish a comprehensive manual on managing your organisation’s finances, The Good Guide to Financial Management. The NCVO is a membership organisation and fees are based on your charity’s gross annual income. Less than 30k a year is free. Between £100,000-£500,000 costs £164. http://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/finance

The Community Accountancy Self-Help organisation CASH-ONLINE produces a series of financial factsheets specifically for small charities. Topics include (but are not limited to); An Introduction to Charity Tax, Preparing for an Audit or Independent Examination, Payroll and Pensions & Bank Reconciliations. The organisation also offers training and low-cost accountancy services. https://cash-online.org.uk/

The Small Charities Coalition (SCC) offers a wealth of downloadable guides promoting best practice in accounts and finance. These free guides cover areas such as Auto-enrolment for Small Charities, the Charity Fraud Guide and VAT for Charities. https://www.smallcharities.org.uk/resources-accounts-finance/

The Charity Commission has accounts templates available for charities with an income of less than £500,000 a year. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/accruals-accounts-pack-cc17-sorp-frs-102-for-charitable-companies

Marketing/Comms

Effectively engaging audiences and raising positive awareness of your work is key to both the short and long-term success of any community project. Learn to create compelling communications, make the most of social media and get tips for staying on top of new marketing trends and developments with help from the following organisations.

The Media Trust supports charities to build their communications skills offering an online resource hub providing key information on brand identity, social media, digital fundraising and much more

The Directory of Social Change will help you draw up your marketing plan with its downloadable guide Marketing and Communication Skills for Small Charities

Making the most of social media is the focus of this guide from CharityComms. The guide is free but you need to enter your email address to download. 

Get boardroom backing for your marketing and communications strategy with this information from CharityComms on how to talk to trustees about communications. 

Ensuring your communications activities and your organisation as a whole is GDPR compliant is now a must.  Follow these tips from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) to ensure you’re compliant with new legislation. https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/how-to/how-to-comply-with-gdpr

Online surveys are a quick and easy way to obtain valuable insight and new perspectives on your work. Try the following:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/

https://www.wufoo.com/

https://www.quicktapsurvey.com/

A new and increasingly popular presentation tool https://prezi.com/

Our Networks

Volunteers

Our partner organisation, Volunteering Barnet, is an accredited volunteer centre that successfully assists charities, organisations and the private sector in involving volunteers. If you need help to recruit and manage volunteers, to develop and promote your opportunities or need advice, support and training in volunteer management then register with their brokerage service here. http://www.volunteeringbarnet.org.uk/

Young Barnet Foundation

The Young Barnet Foundation supports services and activities for children and young people in the borough of Barnet. If you need organisational support, access to a community delivery space or would like to become a member.

Find out more here

Useful Links

Useful Organisations

The Small Charities Coalition (SCC) exists to support small charities across the UK. Helping community organisations to get their voices heard it also provides networking opportunities as well as a huge range of downloadable resources. https://www.smallcharities.org.uk/home/

The National Centre for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is a membership organisation with a wealth of open access resources. The focus of its work is to champion the voluntary sector, representing the sector to Government, connecting organisations with people and partners and ensuring organisations have access to the latest expertise.

https://www.ncvo.org.uk/about-us

Small Charity Support is a small non-profit charity run by volunteers that provides help with common small charity issues such as accounts, policies and programme planning. It can provide individual support through telephone conversations, email or Skype.

https://www.smallcharitysupport.uk/index.php

Media

Keep yourself up-to-date with sector news and analysis

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Our Services and Projects

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    Touchpoint

    Touchpoint provides residents of Barnet with a place to go to get advice and support when things get difficult.

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    Trust Wide Enablement Partnership

    We are proud to be working with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust to help them deliver peer support and coproduction.

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    People’s Choice

    People’s Choice is self-advocacy team run by paid staff who all have Learning Disabilities.

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    Barnet Voice for Mental Health

    Our team of talented volunteers provide peer support for people who are struggling with their mental health.

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    Libraries

    Inclusion Barnet runs two popular local libraries, East Barnet and South Friern, in partnership with Barnet Council.

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    Research

    We believe that the work we do as disabled peers is unique, but that research which proves this is scarce. Therefore we do this research ourselves, proving that our approaches are powerful and creating resources to help others do the same.

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    Barnet Giving

    Barnet Giving aims to make local giving and volunteering easy, and to support Barnet’s small community groups and charities in raising the funds they need.

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    Training and Consultancy

    We provide training packages for organisations who want to deliver effective peer support.

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    Community Organisation Support

    We are working with Barnet Council to deliver development support and training to our fantastic Voluntary Sector colleagues in Barnet.

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    Barnet Together

    We work to support the vital role that voluntary sector organisations and volunteers play in our vibrant and expanding borough.