Update on the first round of Barnet’s Big Society Innovation Fund

This was posted today on http://www.innovationbankbarnet.org.uk/?p=347. It is an update on the first round of Big Society Innovation Fund which I chaired last year.

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There have been some exciting developments from our round one award winners from 2011:

Jesus House/ Elevation Networks

This exciting project is now being set up and will be launched at a public event. Watch this space for more details!

Energise Barnet

This green project has just completed a three-month research period, working with the council; Barnet Homes; other social housing providers; local community organisations and businesses; potential Green Deal partners; and other local authorities and stakeholders.
They have developed marketing concepts to promote the Green Deal and are identifying new methods of reducing carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency in the borough.

Age UK Barnet

Age UK Barnet are working with people aged 55 and over to increase awareness of healthy eating. Phase one of the project ended on 30 June in which volunteers were recruited and trained to work with clients in their own homes. Age UK Barnet hope to start working with their first eight clients later this month, July 2012.

London Ambulance Volunteer Responder Group

There will be an official hand over of the vehicle on the 12th July 2012 at Hendon Town Hall. Watch this space for pictures!
Barnet Federation of Allotment and Horticultural Societies
They have appointed a Development Worker who is busy working with all of the allotment societies across the borough to support them in becoming self-managing.

Barnet Voice for Mental Health

This project will create a self-help programme for people with mental health problems in the Borough and will be staffed by volunteers. They are currently in ‘phase one’ of the project in which volunteers are identified and trained and suitable venues are located. This project will launch publically in August 2012.

Haley Blackman

Haley’s project will deliver training for first time tenants to help them manage their finances, their tenancies and to live independently. The first workshop was held on 12 June 2012 and more will follow.

Barnet Community Projects

Barnet Community Projects proposed to develop a home decorating and maintenance service for the vulnerable and disadvantaged within the Borough to provide work opportunities for young, unemployed people. This project was piloted earlier this year at the Rainbow Centre on the Dollis Valley Estate, where four young offenders on reparation orders helped to redecorate the premises.

However, Barnet Community Projects has been unable to secure a contract to provide regular work opportunities and this project has had to be abandoned. Their award will now be returned to the ‘pot’ to fund projects in Round Two, 2012 of the Program.

Barnet Community Projects has confirmed its commitment to work with young people struggling to find employment and training through alternative projects including developing a community café and job club at the Rainbow Centre.

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