Support in the community
For people who need support to maintain their independence there are many schemes and support organisations across the borough that offer a wide range of activities, services, and a place to socialise in an informal and supportive environment. Some provide a midday meal, refreshments and assistance with personal care. Below you can find out more about the different support that is available in the community.
There are many social activities such as lunch clubs, coffee mornings and day centre opportunities for people who need support to maintain their independence or stay in touch with their local community to enjoy. The borough also has befriending schemes and other support for those less able to get out, to prevent them from feeling isolated.
The events calendar on this site has a full list of upcoming events and activities that may be of interest to you. You can also add your own event if you want to spread the word!
Community and day centres
Day care at day centres is provided to people who need support to enable them to live independent and fulfilling lives as possible, in their communities. It is provided away from the person's home and transport can be arranged as part of the service. Day care also enables carers to have a break from caring.
Day centres provide a wide range of activities, which can include practical help such as learning or re-learning daily living skills such as cookery, gentle exercise groups and help with mobility, as well as activities such as craft and hobbies, games, outings and entertainment that help maintain skills you need to keep your independence.
You can arrange day care privately with help from voluntary organisations. See our directory for details of support organisations and local providers.
Day care can also be arranged through the Council following a social care assessment of your needs. If you are:
in hospital and planning your discharge you can ask for a nurse to contact the hospital social work team for an assessment
living at home and receiving help from social services, speak to your social worker or occupational therapist for more information
new to social services contact Social Care Direct on 020 8359 5000.
Good Neighbour Schemes
There are four Good Neighbour Schemes currently in Barnet that provide a range of voluntary services and activities to the elderly, sick, disabled, housebound and anyone else finding it hard to cope.
The types of support and services offered include:
lunch clubs - if you want to get out, you can meet and socialise with people over a two course hot lunch at a centre near you
befriending - if you are housebound or lonely you can have a regular weekly or fortnightly visit from a volunteer. This could be for a game of scrabble, cards or chess, a short walk round the block, or even just for a cup of tea and a chat
shopping - you can be taken to the supermarket to do your shopping and be picked up afterwards. You can also have a volunteer do your shopping for you if you are housebound
transport - you can be taken to medical appointments and sometimes other destinations by volunteers or through a minibus service if you are unable to use public transport
gardening - if you are unable to manage your garden the scheme may be able to arrange for volunteers to help clear and tidy up the garden to make it safe for you
Although there is no charge for most services offered by Good Neighbour Schemes, they do ask for donations from service users to meet day-to-day costs. For some services, e.g. lunch clubs and day trips, a small charge may apply.
To find out more about Good Neighbour Schemes contact the scheme near you, see contact details on the right.
Age UK Barnet's Handyperson Service provides practical help to older and disabled people who have difficulties with carrying out small jobs around the house. Adjustments can be made to homes to prevent falls and assistance given to keep homes safe.
Labour is free, however there is a charge for materials used to complete the agreed work.
Examples of the kind of work covered by the scheme includes:
- replacing light bulbs
- fitting security equipment such as door chains, locks and spyholes
- installing smoke detectors
- taking down and putting up curtains
- hanging blinds
- changing tap washers
- installing key safes.
If you have any jobs that need doing or know someone who needs some help around the house, call 020 8150 0963 or email the team.