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Grange Big Local Newsletter

June 2019

Community Grants available!
Apply by June 24

There is still time to apply - the sooner the better! As you may have heard, GBL is offering grants to residents and local organisations with the passion, skills and ideas to bring a positive impact to our area.

The programme launched in May and we have already received some great applications for local projects. We were also pleased to meet some of you at our drop ins at East Finchley library last month.

Residents can apply for up to £500 and organisations up to £10,000 to run community projects in the Grange Big Local area.

What can the money be used for?
It has to be used for something that will help the area – whether that is a gardening project, a community lunch, a community jumble trail, a junior disco, or equipment for a youth group. Whatever it is has to be open to everyone.

Who can apply?
Residents who live in, or organisations that work in, the Grange Big Local area. That is the roads within the boundaries of the North Circular, East End Road, Church Lane and the High Road.

You can also email for more information: Community Engagement Manager, Claire Meade,

Youth activities programme launched on the Grange Estate

We are pleased to fund a new youth programme led by Hope North London on the Grange Estate.

There are now free activities happening twice a week during term time. It launched this month and is already proving popular with local families.



We have a big programme of work and would love to have more volunteers join us. If you have ever thought about volunteering and would like to get involved in our community more, please drop us a line. We can talk about your interests and go from there.

Big Lunch

GBL funded a Big Lunch on the Thomas More Estate this month. Big Lunch is a national programme aimed at getting neighbours together.

Around 50 people came and shared lunch, with a paddling pool and a bouncy castle for the kids. Many thanks to Spencer, and all those who made the event happen.
Chelsea Fringe in East Finchley

Thanks to those who took part in the Bloomin Barnet Bins competition with Ursula Stone of The Flower Bank.Groups of residents got together to decorate bins with florists at Market Place and Barnwood - here is the beautiful one at Barnwood on Tarling Road.
Want to win some cash for your photography skills? CommUNITY Barnet is holding a photo competition to celebrate its 40th birthday, with £150 on offer for the best photo in Barnet! Find out more at
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We are building a list of useful resources available in our local area, if you have any others to add, please email

Citizens Advice Service A specific service for our area funded by GBL, residents of N2 can access advice on a range of issues including welfare benefits, debt, employment, housing or relationship breakdown advice.

Ann Owens Centre offers a wide range of support and activities for people over the age of 55 from exercise classes and IT, to cookery classes and lunch clubs. 
Newstead Children's Centre supports families in areas such as childcare, parent support, health and adult learning - they offer a wide range of weekly activities including messy play for under 5s and employment advice sessions.

Finchley Foodbank provides food for people in need, open on Saturdays 12.30pm to 2pm at St Mary’s Parish Centre, East Finchley, 279 High Road.
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