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£100,000 Funding for Barnet’s Youth Projects


Over £100,000 awarded to local organisations to develop emotional well-being, resilience and enhance social inclusion in young people. The Space2Grow Children & Young People’s funding will directly benefit over 1000 people across The London Borough of Barnet.

Fourteen projects have been awarded funding to support the mental health and wellbeing of local young people, the Young Barnet Foundation announced today.

The latest round, jointly funded by the Young Barnet Foundation, Joint Commissioning Group of Barnet CCG and Barnet Council, will back local projects supporting young people, many with additional needs.

The fund will support existing projects but will also help set up a range of new programmes – this round includes a 12-week employability and horsemanship skills course for young people excluded or at risk of exclusion, drama-based workshops for refugees and 3 x 8-week projects exploring toxic masculinity and youth domestic violence.

Holly Wallis, Afghan Association Paiwand, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with Mousetrap Theatre Projects in delivering what is sure to be an incredibly impactful and enjoyable drama project for young refugees in Barnet. We can’t wait for the workshops going, which will work with young people on building confidence and awareness of their skills and value through theatre. It is so exciting to be collaborating, which would not have been possible without the support from the Space2Grow funding – for this we’re incredibly thankful!” 

Fran O’Connell from Exposure said:

“We’re very grateful to Young Barnet for giving us the opportunity to tackle the hugely important issue of gender identity. This project will allow young people to come together to share ideas and support each other in the development of creative outputs, to educate and inform peers and the wider community”

Since 2016 over £200,000 has been awarded to projects from Young Barnet Foundation’s Space2Grow Children & Young People’s Fund.

Young Barnet Foundation is appealing for business partners and residents in Barnet to help them continue to support local children and young people be it financial support, giving them your time or expertise. Your help will ensure that children and young people are given the opportunity to thrive across our Borough.

The 14 projects funded by this round of Space2Grow Children & Young People’s Fund this year include:

  • Kidstime Foundation – £10,000 – Supporting Young People whose parents have severe mental health issues.
  • London Jewish Family Centre – £9,993 – Funding 3 additional therapist and refurbishment of room to create therapy room.
  • The Boys Clubhouse – £2,600 – Funding for the Business project, targeted to NEET/High-risk individuals, addressing mental health and resilience issues.
  • The Arts Depot Trust – £4,500 – Girls focused project in the PRU looking at setting aspirational goals and targets.
  • Exposure – £5,118 – 6-month pilot working with LGBT+ young people to explore the issues and mental health problems associated with it.
  • ADDISS – £8,870 – Support for young people with ADHD to explore and become comfortable with their condition.
  • Learning through Horses – £6,927 – 12-week employability and horsemanship skills course for young people who are excluded or at risk of exclusion.
  • Jacksons Lane ­- £3,859 – One 12-week project with teenage boys exploring pressure on teenage boys. Upscaling of a previously successful project working with Teen girls.
  • Colindale Communities Trust – £9,860 – Partnering with Art Against Knives to offer Nail Bar project on Grahame Park.
  • Grief Encounter – £5,156 –   Allows for partnership with Young Urban Arts Fund to deliver music-based workshops at the Grief Encounter drop-in days.
  • Afghan Association Paiwand – £8,073 – Partnership with Mousetrap to deliver drama-based workshops with participants of the Paiwand project.
  • Barnet Community Projects – £5,152 -Producing junior leaders, through a structured learning process, to include social action helping at the Lunch Club delivered from the community building.
  • The 4Front Project – £10,000 – To allow for expansion of the project run on Graham Park (Mentoring, group sessions and boxing).
  • Youth Realities – £10,000 – 3 x 8-week projects as an addition to the 4Front Project, on Grahame Park, exploring toxic masculinity and youth domestic violence.

Funded by John Lyon’s Charity and City Bridge Trust, the Young Barnet Foundation is a voluntary and community sector (VCS) membership movement that has been established to support and grow activities and services for children and young people across the borough of Barnet. YBF offers development support to local charities and community groups working with children and young people, supporting existing services, driving new initiatives, promoting and encouraging partnership working.

Our charity number is 1164713.

The Young Barnet Foundation is part of the Young People’s Network, now supporting Children and Young People across 7 London Boroughs, Barnet, Brent, Harrow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Camden, Westminster and Ealing.

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For more information please visit http://www.youngbarnetfoundation.org.uk/about-us

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