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Be a good neighbour

Why not take a look at the opportunities you can get involved in below and if you haven't already, take our fun quiz to find out what opportunities would suit you best.

Attend a local social/community group event

Go along to a local social or community group event to have fun, meet new people, learn a new skill or find out what’s going on in your local area. The council keeps an up-to-date list of what’s going on in the borough, or you can have a look at one of the websites for one of Barnet’s many thriving community groups.

Join a local neighbourhood watch

By taking part in your local neighbourhood watch, you can help to bring people together, while looking out for your family, your neighbours and your area. Either have a look at the Barnet Borough Watch website, or Barnet Homes if you’re one of their residents.

Sign up to a local befriending scheme

Have a think about whether there’s a vulnerable or frail neighbour you could befriend, or even just someone who seems a little bit lonely. Small acts of kindness, such as helping someone put out their bins, offering to carry their shopping, or popping round for a cup of tea can make a big difference, and is a great way of getting to know new people.

You might also be interested in having a look at the council’s guidance for helping your neighbours keep warm in winter or keeping cool in summer.

Join the Mill Hill Good Neighbour Scheme

If you are able to spare an hour or so once a week, once a month or occasionally, it would make a real difference to someone's quality of life.

Volunteers provide help at the Lunch Clubs, drive people to local hospitals, GPs or dentists, visit people in their homes, do their shopping, help in the GNS office, and a variety of other neighbourly tasks.

Sign-up to Next Door

Why not sign-up to Next Door. It’s a private neighbourhood-based online community where you can keep up with everything going on locally. Build an online social network with your neighbours in a secure, private environment.

Sign-up to a lift share service

Group up with local neighbours to organise a lift share, or alternatively use an existing online lift share service, to save money on petrol costs and car maintenance, reduce traffic in the borough and also reduce air pollution.

Take up a new sport or activity, or renew an old one

Have a think about whether you would like to take up a new sport or activity, or renew an old interest. Barnet’s got a huge range of facilities and sports teams and activities for people of every level. Why don’t you take this opportunity to get out, get active and take on something new today.

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