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People to people services

We will always make sure the most vulnerable people in Barnet receive the help and support they need. That’s why we will continue to work closely with our partners – such as jobcentre and the NHS – to support our residents to help themselves to live independent, healthy and happy lives for as long as possible. One of the best ways we can do this is by supporting people into work.  We’re proud to say that our three employment programmes (Welfare Reform Task Force, BOOST and the Brent Cross Job Shop) have collectively helped over 800 residents to find work and learn new skills.

The Welfare Reform Task Force is a dedicated team bringing together staff from the council, Jobcentre Plus and Barnet Homes to help residents affected by the Benefit Cap, Universal Credit and other welfare reforms. The team provides extra help to move people into work and more suitable accommodation. Residents affected by welfare reform can get in touch with the Task Force by calling 020 8359 2442 or by Tweeting @BarnetTaskForce.

Burnt Oak Opportunity Support Team (BOOST) project is a multi-agency team designed together with local residents in Burnt Oak to help them get into work and stay in employment. Call 020 8359 5600, visit BOOST Burnt Oak on Facebook, or Tweet @BOOSTBurntOak to get in touch.

The online Brent Cross Retail Job Shop launched last summer to increase access to retail jobs for local residents and encourage retail training, work placements and opportunities. The vacancies can be accessed via Jobcentre Plus, www.brentcross/jobs and jobs.barnet.gov.uk.

There are lots of things residents and businesses can do to help make sure Barnet is a great place for everyone to live.

For example, this year the council is working with the British Red Cross, Age UK and other community and healthcare organisations to deliver the Keep Warm and Well scheme, which offers emergency heating equipment, minor works grants, guidance on switching energy suppliers and other practical support. You can do your part by checking on a vulnerable older neighbour and making sure they are keeping warm and able to heat their home adequately. More advice on how you can support those in need this winter can be found in December’s issue of BarnetFirst magazine.

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