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Community development

The Community Development team provides a central point of contact for the council, the voluntary and community sector and partner agencies. You can email cdt@enfield.gov.uk about:

  • funding
  • partnerships
  • issues relating to voluntary and community organisations

We also have a database of over 650 voluntary organisations, community groups, faith groups and sports clubs. This is updated every year and we use it to:

  • keep track of voluntary organisations in Enfield
  • communicate funding opportunities, events and other information to voluntary organisations
  • answer enquiries about voluntary organisations

You can update your organisation's details online.

Commissioning

We commission services from the voluntary and community sector so we can:

  • use current best practices
  • avoid fragmented competition for limited resources
  • allow the alignment of funding with our key priorities to provide clarity about the outcomes and services that we require
  • focus on outputs, outcomes and flexibility as our priorities and outcomes change over time

Funding

If you're a voluntary and community sector organisation that is looking for funding, you can do a free online search with Open4Community.

This free tool allows you to search hundreds of grants, schemes and funds that match your organisation's profile. It is updated regularly, with new funding streams added as soon as they are available.

The Voluntary Sector Strategy Group (VSSG) provides a means by which we can work strategically in partnership with Enfield's voluntary and community sector.

On this page you can download minutes from the group's meetings. The VSSG membership and terms of reference are currently under review.

2021 meetings

2020 meetings

2019 meetings

2018 meetings

2017 meetings

2016 meetings

On this page you can download documents showing the voluntary organisations and community groups we have funded or commissioned to provide services or activities to Enfield residents. They show the amount we have contributed and the purpose of the expenditure. The last five years' reports from the Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) are available.

2020/21:

2019/20:

2018/19:

2017/18:

2016/17:

Enfield Voluntary Action (EVA) provides services to voluntary and community organisations in Enfield. It supports and promotes their:

  • positive and sustainable development
  • participation in making decisions that affect the borough

EVA's support, development, and information services consist of:

100 Hours Volunteering Scheme

The 100 Hours Volunteering Scheme recognises the fantastic work of volunteers in Enfield, who regularly give up their valuable time to help other people in their community.

All voluntary organisations, clubs and community groups in the borough are invited to get involved and register with the scheme.

If you do more than two hours of volunteering a week with a registered organisation, you will get a scheme membership card. You use this card to record each hour of volunteering you complete, with the aim of doing a minimum of 100 hours of volunteering in a year.

People who achieve this goal will be invited to a reception in recognition of their hard work and support for their community. They will also receive a certificate and a limited edition pin badge.

To register with the scheme, email cdt@enfield.gov.uk.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service recognises the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to their local communities. The Queen has awarded this prestigious honour to hundreds of volunteering groups in the UK.

If you know of a volunteer group that deserves recognition, you can nominate it for the award.

Nominate a group by emailing queensaward@consol.co.uk.

The following policies are available for charitable, voluntary and community organisations to use. You just need to download and add the name of your organisation. You should read them carefully to make sure they meet your needs before using.

Enfield Voluntary Action offers training for trustees, staff and volunteers in voluntary and community organisations.

For details of courses available, visit Enfield Voluntary Action.

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Up to £1.4 million will be made available over the next two years to fund a range of projects that will improve the day-to-day lives of our communities and neighbourhoods, as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Enfield Neighbourhood Fund has been set up to ensure local communities can raise funds from new development, to support the delivery of infrastructure and services, such as environmental improvements and new community facilities. It will also allow them to get more actively involved in their neighbourhood and help shape its future.

Have your say

Applications are invited from a range of organisations such as community groups, public bodies and charities to fund community-based projects in Enfield.

We are looking to fund innovative projects that will help reduce deprivation, improve the environment and widen access to opportunities, such as jobs, training and local services.

Grants (from £10,000 to £60,000) will be available to cover:

  • capital costs including construction and building works, equipment of significant value, and refurbishment costs
  • project-specific revenue costs like operational requirements, professional fees and volunteer costs

You can view a list of NCIL project examples (PDF).

You can also download the Neighbourhood Fund application form (XLS).

The first bidding round ended on 9 July 2021. The second round will take place early next year. Details will be published soon.

Email your completed application to ncil@enfield.gov.uk.

Funding workshop

Enfield Voluntary Action will be running a workshop to provide guidance on bidding for the fund. This workshop will look in detail at the guidance and application form.

The workshop will be held in May 2022.

It will include:

  • how to fill in the application form, step-by-step
  • how to put together a budget
  • building knowledge of complementary activities and partners
  • top tips on how to write a clear funding proposal
  • question and answer session

Street Party

Innovate TRA would like to invite you to the annual street party on Monday 26 July 2021 from 2 to 4pm in the visitors car park, outside Innova Community Centre and Galilie House, EN3 7FY.

View the street party flyer (PDF).

Epping Forest District Council’s summer leisure brochure

For details of all the holiday programme of activities for children, young people and families, view the Epping Forest District Council’s summer leisure brochure (PDF).

Cultural walking and cycling map

With lockdown restrictions easing and the weather getting better, discovering a new walking or cycling route, to explore cultural places on your doorstep, might be exactly what you need.

Healthy Streets’ new Cultural Walking and Cycling Map will help you plot your route to take in points of interest, heritage, public art and cultural venues around Enfield.

Once you have planned your route, use the links in the key to download more information about the places you would like to visit, and find out more about what you can see on your route.

Share your photos and feedback of the routes with us by emailing healthystreets@enfield.gov.uk.

COVID passport scam

A COVID vaccine passport scam email is going round that seems to be from the NHS and says that you can apply for their Digital Coronavirus Passport. Clicking on the link takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal information and payment details for an admin fee.

The website has since been taken down, but in case similar emails or websites appear, view the COVID vaccine passport scam alert (PDF).

You can get your vaccination status through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119.

Find out more by visiting GOV.UK.

Condom distribution (c-card) service

Our c-card scheme entitles young people aged 13 to 24 years old to free condoms. Under 16s can be registered by a professional at one of the participating outlets. Over 16s can register themselves online by visiting Come Correct or at an outlet. If registering online, the young person can choose between:

  • a digital card they can use to collect condoms in outlets
  • a digital card that allows them to request condoms posted to an address of their choice
  • a physical card posted to an address of their choice
  • a physical card and condoms posted to an address of their choice

For more information on the scheme, view our YouTube video or email sexualhealth@enfield.gov.uk.

NHS North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (NCL-CCG) fertility policies review

The NCL-CCG is asking residents of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington to complete the fertility policies review survey to submit their views. To complete the survey, visit North London Central CCG.

CCG staff are available to attend staff or public meetings to talk about the review if helpful.

You can send us your views until Friday 9 July 2021.

HENRY Programme

Everyone wants the best for their children, but it can be hard to know what to do as a parent in the early years. The HENRY programme is free to join and helps parents with children aged 0 to 5 years give their child the best possible start in life.

Research shows that the key to ensuring babies and young children have a healthy start in life is:

  • parenting confidence
  • physical activity for little ones
  • healthy eating
  • family lifestyle habits
  • enjoying life as a family

These five themes are covered over an eight-week programme. To join our free programme starting in Enfield in July 2021, email HENRY@enfield.gov.uk or call 020 3855 5856

For more information, view our YouTube video.

Active Enfield summer 2021

Active Enfield is back with lots of sessions to take part in during the summer.

There is something for everyone to try. For kids, we have our very popular horse-riding and trampolining sessions. For adults we have badminton, yoga, Nordic walking, tai chi, and Pilates. We are also introducing new outdoor coached tennis sessions. For our aged 50+ audience, our swimming sessions are back as well as new classes such as chair fitness, chair yoga and Zumba gold.

Our free walks will also be continuing in various parks around Enfield.

Enfield Local Plan

Give your views on the Enfield of tomorrow, today!

Enfield Council has published the draft Enfield Local Plan 2019-2039 for public consultation. We are keen to hear what you think.

The Enfield Local Plan 2019-2039 will be the key planning policy document for the borough. Once adopted, its policies will be used in determining planning applications and will shape how Enfield will develop over the coming years.

The draft Local Plan covers a wide range of themes including housing, jobs, sustainability, economy, health, community infrastructure, green spaces, transport, town centres and more. It sets out how growth will be delivered in a sustainable way that maintains and enhances the quality of the many distinctive places that make up the borough.

You can comment through our dedicated platform until Monday 13 September.

To find out more and give your views, visit Let's Talk: Enfield Local Plan.

Worrying about money?

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The worrying about money? leaflet (PDF) is a simple resource for people facing financial crisis in Enfield, and those who are supporting them.

Read the leaflet to quickly find advice and support on how to maximise your income, the help you’re financially entitled to, and options from agencies best placed to help.

Property licensing in Enfield

From 1 September 2021, properties in 14 areas of Enfield that are privately rented to one or two persons, or one family households, need to be licensed by the landlord.

Property licensing in Enfield will improve living conditions, make homes safer and make the borough a more desirable place to live, work and enjoy.

The additional licensing scheme has already been implemented across the borough. If you rent a property to three or more people, living in two or more households sharing facilities you are committing an offence if you have not applied for an HMO licence.

For more information and to check if your property is in the part of the borough that needs a licence, see our private rented property licensing page.

Travelling to the EU in 2021

If you are planning a trip to the EU in 2021, you should find out how new rules affect foreign travel, passports, healthcare and driving.

If you are planning a trip to the EU with a pet, talk to your vet to find out if the new rules affect you, and what you need to do to travel.

Check the new rules at GOV.UK/transition.

Call 111 when it’s less urgent than 999

If you need help to treat an urgent, but not serious or life-threatening medical need, contact NHS 111.

Depending on the situation, the NHS 111 team can arrange a call back from a nurse, doctor or other trained medical professional. NHS 111 can also book timeslots in A&E if necessary, at North Middlesex hospital and Barnet hospital.

This service is free to use and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can contact them either through the NHS app, by calling 111 free, or through the NHS 111 website.

111 - to get the right treatment, at the right time.

In an emergency, always call 999.

£500 Test and Trace Support Payment

If you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or are caring for a child who’s self-isolating, you may be able to apply for £500. Find out more if you can answer ‘yes’ to these questions:

  • Are you or your child self-isolating because of COVID-19?
  • Are you unable to work from home?
  • Are you receiving a benefit or on a low income?

To apply you will need to provide:

  • An NHS Test and Trace Account ID
  • Confirmation that you get a means-tested benefit or are on a low income
  • Proof of work and a bank statement

For more information and to apply, go to Test and Trace Self-Isolation Support Payment.

COVID-19 vaccination information

Vaccines are safe and effective

Vaccines have always been a part of our lives. The COVID-19 vaccine has undergone rigorous tests, including clinical trials that are globally recognised as having the highest safety standards. Hundreds of scientists, thousands of volunteers and billions of pounds of funding have meant that COVID-19 vaccines have been developed quickly and safely.

All the COVID-19 vaccines in use in the UK protect you from coronavirus – they are safe and effective. The vaccines work just like any other vaccine you may have had, like the flu vaccine, or the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine given to young children.

Vaccines train your immune system to make antibodies and cells to fight the infection. COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain the COVID-19 virus, or anything that has come from animals.

To find out more on how the vaccine was developed quickly and safely, watch Has the COVID-19 vaccine been tested on people like me? (YouTube).

To see how the vaccine works and what it contains, watch What is in the COVID-19 vaccine and how does it work? (YouTube).

Fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding

The JVCI, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and health professionals have advised that pregnant women should take the vaccine. Also, if you are breastfeeding you should not stop to get the vaccine.

Women trying to become pregnant don’t need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination and there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility.

Find out more at RCOG.

Information videos

You can watch the following videos from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and health professionals:

Young Londoners

‘Don’t be worried. This is scientifically tested; millions of people are vaccinated safely every day and there’s nothing to be afraid of.' Joanne, Archway.

Watch Young Londoners talk about what they would say to anyone who is worried about getting their COVID-19 vaccine (YouTube).

#KeepEnfieldSafe

EU Settlement Scheme update

The EU Settlement Scheme application deadline has passed.

If you’re a parent, you should check if you need to make a late EU Settlement Scheme application on behalf of your children, even if you’ve already applied for yourself.

If you didn’t apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you can still make a late application if you have reasonable grounds for missing the deadline.

Apply now at GOV.UK – applying for settled status.

Planning to travel

If you applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 you will have a digital or physical Certificate of Application. You won’t be required to show this at the UK border but may use the View and Prove service to show evidence of your pending status where necessary when travelling.

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 and applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021, you can use your Certificate of Application to evidence your existing rights until you get a final decision.

Find out more at GOV.UK - view and prove your immigration status E visa.

EU Settlement Scheme - late application

The EU Settlement Scheme application deadline has passed.

If you didn't apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you can still make a late application if you have reasonable grounds for missing the deadline.

Parents should check if they need to make a late EU Settlement Scheme application on behalf of their children, even if you've already applied for yourself.

Apply now at GOV.UK.

Are you planning to travel? If you applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021, you will have a digital or physical certificate of application. You will not be required to show this at the UK border but may use the view and prove service to evidence your pending status where necessary when travelling.

If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 and applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021, you can use your certificate of application to evidence your existing rights until you get a final decision.

EEA, Swiss and EU Citizens with an EUSS status should register documents you plan to travel on via the view and prove service. This will make re-entering the UK quicker.

View the EU Settlement Scheme poster (PDF) and EU Settlement Scheme support poster (PDF).

HENRY - a new parenting programme for families in Enfield

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Everyone wants the best for their children, but it can be hard to know what to do as a parent, especially in the early years.

The HENRY programme aims to support families to give their child the best possible start in life by providing them with the tools and skills they need for a healthy happy lifestyle, using a holistic approach to parenting.

The programme runs for 8 weeks and covers topics such as:

  • parenting confidence
  • family lifestyle habits
  • what we eat and
  • enjoying life as a family

If you're a parent or carer with children aged 0 to 5 years living in Enfield, you can join HENRY for free. We are currently recruiting for our September and October programmes, therefore if you would like to book, please contact henry@enfield.gov.uk.

For more information about the programme, watch the video the Henry YouTube video.

Community BAME Advocacy Service

Mind in Enfield and Barnet are looking for a provider to deliver BAME Community Advocacy in Enfield.

  • They are looking for a BAME led organisation that has a presence and track record of delivery in Barnet, Enfield, or Haringey
  • The service is funded until March 2023
  • Ideally the service will mobilise in October this year
  • The funds available for this service are 18,758.00 (annually)
  • The deadline for completing the questionnaire is Midnight 9/9/21

View the service specification and questionnaire (PDF).

Please send all questionnaire responses to: leadership@mindeb.org.uk.

For more information, visit Mind in Enfield and Barnet.

Selective Property Licensing Scheme in Enfield

Check if your rented property is part of the Selective Licensing Scheme.

From 1 September 2021, properties that are privately rented to one or two persons or one family households in 14 wards (areas) in Enfield, need to be licensed by the landlord.

Property licensing in Enfield will improve living conditions, make homes safer and make the borough a more desirable place to live, work and enjoy.

The additional licensing scheme has already been implemented across the borough. If you rent a property to three or more people, living in two or more households, sharing facilities, you are committing an offence if you have not applied for an HMO licence.

For more information and to check if your property needs a licence, see our private rented property licensing page.

Presiding Officers needed for elections

Have you ever thought of getting involved at election time by working as a Presiding Officer?

Presiding Officers are responsible for the conduct of the ballot in the polling stations and although good knowledge of the voting process is desirable, full training will be provided. If you're interested in applying to join the staffing database, you will need to complete an election staffing application form.

For more information, please contact the Electoral Services office on 020 3821 1813 or email electionstaff@enfield.gov.uk.

Don't delay, respond today

Have you received a message from us about confirming your details on the electoral register yet?

Read the information carefully and respond as soon as possible to avoid us having to send you a reminder. The quickest way to respond is online.

Make sure your electoral registration details are up to date so you can vote in the next elections.

For more information, see our annual canvass page.

Would you find it easier to vote by post?

You may receive a letter with a postal vote form. There are many reasons you may choose to vote by post:

  • It's convenient: Voting by post means you will not have to worry about getting to your polling station on Election Day - saving potential travel costs and time.
  • No time pressure: A postal vote is done in private at home in your own time.
  • Available to all registered electors: You can set up a postal vote for a specific period of time, until further notice or for just one election, for example if you're going to be on holiday at the time of the election.
  • Safe way to vote: When you return your postal voting pack your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided to confirm your identity. Your signature and date of birth are handled separately to your ballot paper, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

If you want to vote by post, complete and return the form to us in the envelope provided. Don't delay, respond today.

For information on how to register to vote, see how to vote.

Polling districts and polling places review

Following a review of the electoral arrangements for the borough by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, from May 2022, Enfield will have 25 wards, 4 more than there are currently. The number of councillors will remain the same. To deliver this new arrangement, we must redefine our polling districts and then identify the most appropriate polling place for each one.

We would like to hear your views on the polling district boundaries and polling places, including any alternative suggestions you would like us to consider. Access to polling places, including for those with a disability, is a key consideration.

For more information and how to respond, see polling districts and polling places review.

Youth Endowment Fund and Comic Relief open £10m fund

The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) and Comic Relief have opened a £10 million fund to learn more about children’s involvement in violence.

The fund will invest in up to ten projects that will help them learn more about how early investment in family support programmes can keep children safe from involvement in violence later in their lives.

To find out more, visit Youth Endowment Fund.

New £1 million fund to help faith groups support communities

A new deal has been made between faith groups and government, to capitalise on the community work that faith groups have been doing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The role of faith groups during the pandemic

Faith groups have widely supported communities throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This has included delivering food to frontline workers and vulnerable people, and supporting people who were lonely, isolated, or in need of vital information.

Using their well-established volunteer networks, and their trusted position at the heart of the communities they serve, they have been able to innovate to overcome challenges quickly.

Faith New Deal Pilot Fund

To continue this work, faith groups can apply for a share of the £1 million Faith New Deal Pilot Fund. The fund is for projects providing innovative solutions to issues such as food poverty and poor mental health.

Projects combating loneliness and isolation, providing debt advice, and helping people who were made unemployed during the pandemic to get back to work, are set to benefit from the new pilot.

The funded projects will build on the good work that’s already been done. It will strengthen relationships between public bodies and faith groups by supporting faith-based initiatives to tackle social issues and boost COVID-19 recovery.

The Faith New Deal Pilot Fund is a response to recommendations made in Danny Kruger’s report for government, ‘Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant‘ and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society’s report, ‘Keeping the Faith – Partnerships between faith groups and local authorities during and beyond the pandemic’. Both describe how faith groups can provide innovative solutions to complex problems and make valuable contributions to all parts of society.

The fund will be open to faith-based organisations to deliver projects to provide community-wide services open to all the local population. The funded projects will also aim to have a positive impact in fostering good relations between people of faith and those of other faiths or none within local communities.

More information and contact

For more information visit GOV.UK – Faith New Deal Pilot Fund or contact us using the details below.

Email - correspondence@communities.gov.uk
Phone - 030 3444 0000 (for public general enquiries)
Address - 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF

Stoptober campaign

Do the right thing for your health – quit smoking this October.

It’s never too late to quit smoking. You will start to see the benefits immediately!

We know we’re stronger together. So this Stoptober, join us and all the people who have already quit smoking this year to feel better, save money and to breathe easier. If you can make it to 28 days smoke free, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good.

It’s never too late to quit – stopping smoking brings immediate benefits to health, including for people with an existing smoking-related disease.

Free support is available to quit by searching ‘Stoptober’ for a full range of quitting support options.

Life After Loss Programme

Mind in Enfield and Barnet, and Citizens Advice Enfield are partnering to support community recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

If you are living, working or studying in Enfield and have experienced:

  • a bereavement during the pandemic
  • psychological or emotional issues from the pandemic (for example in work, relationships, financial stress)
  • Long COVID or other health issues from having had COVID-19

We can offer:

  • up to 8 sessions of free counselling with Mind in Enfield and Barnet
  • fast-track access to advice from Citizens Advice Enfield, with a dedicated caseworker
  • support from Citizens Advice Enfield in accessing charity grants and emergency financial aid

For more information see the Life after Loss (PDF) information flyer. You can also email lifeafterloss@mindeb.org.uk or call 0208 906 7504 (Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am to 5:30pm).

Coughs and colds in children: advice for parents and carers

The NHS is seeing an increase in respiratory illness in children, as COVID restrictions ease and people mix more.

For most children, respiratory illnesses (coughs and colds) are not serious and they will soon recover following rest and plenty of fluids.

Respiratory infections in children are very common and most of the time children can be looked after safely at home without seeing a doctor. But some children under two can experience more severe illness.

If your child has problems breathing, has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more, or has a persistent high temperature of 38C or above, you should contact your GP, phone 111 free, or go to 111.nhs.uk.

Look at the NHS health advice for parents and carers booklet which will help you work out whether your child can be looked after at home with some help from the pharmacist or if they need to be seen by a doctor.

The booklet is available in Bengali, Greek, Gujarati, Persian (Farsi), Somali and Turkish on the North London Partners website.

Family Based Solutions (FBS) event

Join our event to find out about the Family Based Solutions Team.

This event is a great opportunity for professionals to:

  • meet the team
  • have a better understanding of how we work
  • understand referral criteria for each of our services
  • understand how and why we use the solution focus approach
  • ask questions
  • see our stats
  • see how FBS can support your clients, organisation, and staff

Our services include:

  • child to parent abuse ages 6 to 18
  • domestic abuse recovery
  • adult abusers programme - FBR
  • education programme - BOSS
  • training and workshops
  • additional add on therapeutic services

The event is taking place on Tuesday 30 Nov 2021 at 9:30am.

To sign up for the event see Eventbrite – Family Based Solutions.