London Borough of Barnet

Supporting Independence Fund

Connect | Support | Achieve

The Supporting Independence Fund has awarded money to kick-start ten projects that support disabled and older Barnet residents to live more independent and fulfilling lives.

You can keep up to date with the projects by following our Twitter (search for the hashtag #BarnetSIF) and Facebook accounts. 

There are three main areas for which a variety of organisations will develop inspiring new projects:

1. Connecting Neighbours

2. Employment Opportunities

3. Creative and Group Support Planning

Who was successful?

Nine organisations have been awarded money for ten projects:

  • Self Unlimited will be launching Dine Unlimited to encourage friendships and reduce social isolation by supporting people to host their very own unique dinner party, and contribute to a cookbook with a difference.
  • Your Choice Barnet are implementing Safe Places - a joint initiative between Your Choice Barnet, Barnet Mencap and Mill Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team, working with local businesses to support independent travellers with learning disabilities to feel safer in their community and to offer safe havens for them if they encounter difficulties.
  • The Stroke Association will be giving people of working age the knowledge, confidence and skills to re-build their lives after stroke through the Life After Stroke education programme.
  • The Saracen Sport Foundation are getting the over-50s active through dance with the Love to Dance Project, a two hour dance class which will keep your mind and body active as well as a great way of making new friends. For more information contact Clare Bellchambers (07801 691 591, clarebellchambers@saracens.net)
  • Chinese Mental Health Association will be establishing a Neighbourhood Volunteering Programme to develop and train volunteers who will help vulnerable and isolated older people  become active in the community again.
  • Langdon Community have two projects: Link2Support is a marketplace for people with a learning disability to choose from a range of services and how they want to spend their self directed support funding within an informed, visual, practical and supportive environment. Link2Employment aims to engage and educate local employers and to give appropriate training and support to potential employees with mild to moderate learning disabilities to enter the world of work.
  • RSVP has many years of promoting independence with older people through a variety of co-produced activities. Their project will develop activity groups by and for older people living in sheltered accommodation in Barnet.
  • Community Focus have joined forces with Resources For Autism to set up a committee of adults who will decide on and be responsible for their own art based projects.
  • Kisharon will be working alongside local businesses, enabling adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities find suitable part-time paid employment and prove that disability should not be a barrier to employment. For more information contact Shlomo Weltman (020 3393 0174, shlomo.weltman@kisharon.org.uk)

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