Facebook Campaign enables us to measure response and retarget from campaigns we run on Facebook and Instagram

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 tsd@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.

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.

2019/20:

2018/19:

2017/18:

2016/17:

2015/16:

2014/15:

2013/14:

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 tsd@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.

COVID-19 update – New tier restrictions

It has been announced that from one-minute past midnight on 2 December 2020, Enfield along with London will move into the tier 2 'High alert' category. Several restrictions will apply. For more information, see local restriction tiers guidance.

Also, see the government’s Christmas bubble guidance, which will come into effect for 23 to 27 December 2020.

Planning a trip to Europe in 2021

To find out how the changes will affect you, visit GOV.UK/Brexit transition.

Keep up to date with new rules

If you own a business, find out what you need to do to get ready. The transition online checker tool allows businesses to get tailored information, to prepare for the end of the UK transition period with the EU on 31 December 2020.

To find out what you need to know and how the new rules will affect businesses from 1 January 2021, you can sign up for a free Local London 'Get Brexit ready' webinar. To find out how the changes will affect your business, visit GOV.UK/Brexit transition.

Booking for hospital accident and emergency

If you need help with an urgent, but not life-threatening medical need, contact NHS 111 first. NHS 111 can now book timeslots in A&E for those who need them at North Middlesex Hospital and Barnet Hospital.

Healthy people aged 50 to 64 years invited for the flu vaccination

This year more people are being offered the flu vaccine than ever before. The flu vaccine is now being offered to people aged 50 to 64. This is because this is the age that hospitalisations from COVID-19 start to increase, so the NHS don't want them to get flu as well.

It is important that you take up the offer to protect yourself. Get your free flu jab. Ask your GP or pharmacist.

Keeping well in mind and body

Our mental health is as important as our physical health, and there is always something we can do to improve it. Anxiety affects lots of us and can get overwhelming. But there are simple things you can do to improve your mental wellbeing.

For practical tips on how to improve your mental health, visit Healthy Enfield.

Raising housing standards in Enfield

Check if your rented property needs a licence. Properties that are rented to three or four people forming two or more households with shared facilities, need to be licensed by the landlord under a new HMO licensing scheme.

Silence for victims of domestic violence

The White Ribbon Campaign’s 16 days of action runs from 25 November (White Ribbon Day) to 10 December (UN Human Rights Day). Enfield Women’s Centre are arranging a minute’s silence for victims of domestic abuse on Thursday 10 December.

For more information, view the White Ribbon day poster (PDF).

Consultation on the Main Modifications to the Proposed Submission North London Waste Plan

The seven north London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest are preparing a joint North London Waste Plan (NLWP). The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 8 August 2019 and is being examined by an independent Planning Inspector (Mr Stephen Normington).

In response to the issues raised in the hearing sessions held in November 2019, the north London boroughs have prepared a Schedule of Proposed Modifications to the NLWP. This document has been published for consultation along with a Sustainability Appraisal Addendum, Habitat Regulations Assessment and other supporting documents. View the examination documents.

The consultation runs from 29 October to 10 December 2020. Representations received after 10 December 2020 cannot be accepted.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, paper copies of the documents are only available in some of the main planning offices and Enfield libraries. Details are given in the representation form and guidance notes (PDF). Our preference is for consultees to make use of the online version of documents if possible, however if you require hard copies of documents, you can request these by emailing feedback@nlwp.net.

Submit representations electronically using one of these methods:

You can also post your representation to: North London Waste Plan, Planning and Regeneration, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, WC1H 9JE

For more information, visit North London Waste Plan, email feedback@nlwp.net or phone 020 7974 3307.

Foodbanks

Edmonton Foodbank

285 Brettenham Road, London, N18 2HF. 

Email info@edmonton.foodbank.org.uk.

Food distributions at All Saints Church Hall, Edmonton, N9 9PB

Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Phone 07488 342275.

Other Services - community advocacy, early intervention, befriending, housing support, school support and social prescribing. Programmes for 13 to 25 year olds - carpentry, life appreciation, ground therapy. 

ECYPS Foodbank

Wednesday 9.30am and Saturday 11.30am.

Everyone attending must wear masks and maintain social distancing. Please do not queue before the opening times. Tickets will be allocated randomly.

Edmonton Seventh-day Adventist Church 

The Houndsfield Road Community Centre, 8 Houndsfield Road, Edmonton, N9 7RA (brown building opposite Houndsfield Primary School). Every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm.

Giving away free food parcels from Morrisons, Tesco, neighbours and the Community Pantry, who have donated a small number of food packages, including dried and canned foods, milk and bread. All free food will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please bring your own bags.

St. Monica's Church

1 Stonard Road, Palmers Green, London, N13 4DJ. Every Monday from 3pm to 5pm.

All those in need are welcome and we will try to provide them with a free food bag.

North Enfield Foodbank

The foodbank is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm for collection of emergency food parcels.

For information about how the foodbank works or how to get a referral, call them on 07826 542119 or email info@northenfield.foodbank.org.uk.

Enfield Methodist Church

Enfield Methodist Church has set up a food hub. They are supplying weekly parcels on a Friday to those in need of food during lockdown. They also deliver food to the elderly and vulnerable. They are working with Enfield Caribbean Association (ECA) to supply the African Caribbean community with fruit and vegetables particularly for the African Caribbean community.

You can register to receive food or volunteer to help. You can also contact Roz if you want to volunteer on 07956 017319.

Urgent appeal from Enfield Women's Centre

Enfield Women's Centre have been supporting women and families for over 25 few years. This is done via counselling, training, advice, information, food and clothing distribution, social activities and outings. Since COVID-19 the numbers have increased with more families being referred to them via social services, schools, health and other professionals.

They are trying to raise funds to give families a little extra this Christmas. They plan to deliver hampers and would like to include a variety of treats, including Christmas crackers, stocking fillers, yummies and a food voucher to go towards a turkey or other main course item. Families differ in size, with some having up to eight children, including some with differing abilities. They also plan to include small toys and activities.

They cannot do this without your help, so if you would like to donate, visit their Christmas hamper and toy appeal.

Census 2021

The Voluntary Sector Groups has been identified as one of our key resources in maximising our Census 2021 engagement. Enfield is working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in reaching out to the hard to reach groups, enabling them to get involved in the census process. We believe voluntary organisations will be key in helping us reach these demographics and would like to share these contacts with the ONS.

To see how you can get involved, please contact Craig Rowe (ONS Census Engagement Manager for Enfield) by emailing craig.rowe61@field.census.gov.uk. Craig will then contact you directly. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.

Grants for Enfield 2021

Enfield Voluntary Action (EVA) are pleased to announce two new grant programmes for groups that deliver 80% of their services to residents in Enfield. For information on these grant programmes, including guidelines, updates and application forms, visit Grants for Enfield.

If you're thinking about applying for either of the grants, you can attend one of the online funding workshops. Full details below.

You may also find EVA's online training, 'keep your organisation safe', useful to understand more about identifying and managing potential risks associated with running a project. The training is on 24 November 2020, from 9.50am to 12.30pm.

Grants panels

EVA will recruit volunteer community sector representatives to receive training and sit on the Grants Panel. Panel members will consider applications and decide whether projects can be funded, how much funding they should receive, and whether any conditions should be applied to the grant award. 

Find out more about Grants Panels and how to apply.

Active Youth Enfield Grants

Active Youth Enfield will award grants between £1,500 and £2,000 to voluntary and community groups, and community amateur sports clubs. Grants are for projects focused on physical activity and sports for young people aged 14 to 19 in Enfield. Projects will start from February 2021. Funded by London Sport.

For more information, see Active Youth Enfield GrantsThe application deadline is 21 January 2021.

Funding workshop - If you are interested in applying for this grant, there is an Active Youth Enfield funding workshop on 8 December 2020 (online via Microsoft Teams).

Tackling Poverty and Inequality in Enfield Grants

Tackling Poverty and Inequality in Enfield will award grants between £500 and £10,000 to voluntary and community groups. Grants are for projects that address challenges faced by Enfield residents in everyday life, including physical and mental health, access to education, training and digital support, and personal and financial insecurity.

Projects will start from March 2021. Funded by National Lottery Community Fund, North Central London Cancer Alliance and Enfield Council.

For more information, see Tackling Poverty and Inequality in Enfield grants. The application deadline is 8 February 2021.

Funding workshop - If you are interested in applying for this grant, there is a Tackling Poverty and Inequality funding workshop on 12 January 2021 (online via Microsoft Teams).

Christmas bin collection dates and tips

View Christmas and New Year changes to the rubbish and recycling service (pdf) and easy ways to reduce your food waste (PDF).

Skills and Training Network funded courses

View information on fully funded courses (PDF) from the Skills and Training Network.

For more information, visit Skills and Training Network, or call 020 8887 0155 or 07400 699 068.

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime's (MOPAC) Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Grassroots Fund

The London Community Foundation is pleased to launch this £3m fund to support existing VAWG-specialist grassroots organisations operating across London’s diverse communities. The aim of the fund is to support grassroots organisations who focus on ending VAWG. They can provide two-year grants of up to £100,000 and a programme of capacity building, peer support and networking events.

Who can apply?

The fund will award two-year grants to specialist, grassroots ending VAWG organisations with an income of less than £500k. A minimum of 60% of funding will be prioritised for grassroots, by and for, BME specialist organisations. A maximum of 40% will be for specialist grassroots community organisations who provide ending VAWG services for marginalised and minoritised groups, such as disabled women, LBTQ+ women, women with no recourse to public funds and women involved in prostitution.

For individual organisations, two-year grants of between £30,000 (£15,000 per year) and £100,000 (£50,000 per year) are available. Partnerships of up to three organisations can apply for two-year grants of up to £120,000 (£60,000 per year) for the partnership.

How to apply

Visit The London Community Foundation to read the fund prospectus before applying. Applicants must answer a few short questions about their organisation and proposal to ensure they are eligible before being invited to complete a full application form.

The fund closes for applications at 12pm on 11 January 2021.

Tender opportunity

Supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing and improving self-management

Enfield Council is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified organisations (whether they are Consortia or not) for the provision of prevention and early intervention services meeting the care and support needs of communities in the borough.

This tender is being relaunched following the suspension of the last procurement process (in March 2020, DN471685) due to COVID-19.

Interested organisations can express their interest by completing the standard selection questionnaire and uploading, along with required support documents, onto the eTendering system.

The deadline to submit application documents is 5pm on 18 December 2020. Please note that emailed or faxed submissions, whether in full or in part, will not be accepted and will result in the application being rejected.

For more information, visit ProContract or contact Mekonnen Gutta by emailing mekonnen.gutta@enfield.gov.uk.

COVID-19 update – New tier restrictions

London has been placed in the Tier 4 (Stay at Home) alert area from 20 December 2020.

Tier 4 key messages:

  • Stay at home
  • You cannot join or form a Christmas bubble

View the latest posters which summarise the rules:

Community rapid testing sites in Enfield

In addition to the testing sites for those who have symptoms, there are now three rapid testing sites open for residents who don't have symptoms. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don't have any symptoms but can still pass it on.

The borough-wide rapid testing, also known as lateral flow testing, will offer on-the-spot testing without the need to book an appointment. You will receive your results on the same day.

The lateral flow testing sites are situated at:

  • Klinger Hall, N18 (if you're using Google maps, look up Petite Starz Nursery, entrance via Silver Street)
  • Kempe Hall, Kempe Road, EN1 4QS
  • Brigadier Hall, Cedar Road, EN2 0NL

Opening times are 9am to 6pm. More sites will be identified as rapid testing facilities and added to the list on our coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in Enfield page.

Latest information

There have been a lot of changes in the last week. The best way to keep up to date is to follow Enfield Council on Twitter @EnfieldCouncil or Facebook @EnfieldCouncilUK.

If you do have a Twitter account or Facebook page for your group, please do share posts from the council's social media accounts to ensure everyone has the latest updates.

Life After Domestic Abuse Workshops for Survivors by Family Based Solutions

Every Friday from 10am to 12pm, starting 15 January 2021 and ending on 12 February 2021. This is a free event and all sessions will be held via Zoom.

Those wishing to attend must complete a referral form (PDF) (highlight DART at the top of the form) and email it to admin@familybasedsolutions.org.uk. The link to attend the course will then be sent closer to the times.

You do not need to use real names or have your camera on when attending the online course and it can be done in the safety of your own home.

Londoners to get NHS urgent and emergency care in the right place, at the right time with 111 First

NHS 111 can now book time slots for those who need them at all Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington (north central London).

This is part of a drive to make it easier and safer for patients to get the right treatment at the right time, without waiting for long periods in an A&E department. This will also help the NHS to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission, by allowing more space for social distancing in A&E waiting rooms.

The new system started in the autumn across several London hospitals, including the North Middlesex University Hospital and Barnet Hospital, and has now expanded to the Royal Free, UCLH and Whittington Health. Children and those needing mental health treatment are now also included.

If you think you have an urgent, but not life-threatening, health problem, contact NHS 111 First. You can either call 111 or visit NHS 111 online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In north central London we have increased our NHS 111 capacity by 20%, meaning that more doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, dental nurses and trained health advisors than ever before are available to help you.

If you or your loved one has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you should always call 999.

If you do arrive at A&E without contacting NHS 111, you will still receive medical care, with the most urgent needs prioritised. However, using NHS 111 First will help you get quicker, safer care in the right environment.

Employment opportunities and volunteering

Community Youth Leader (closing date: 14 January 2021)

  • Across London boroughs, especially Camden, Islington, Haringey and Westminster
  • £200 per workshop
  • Sessional

Let Me Know (LMK) is looking for passionate and organized educators (LMK Leaders) to run community workshops aimed at young people aged between 11 and 24.

For more information and to apply, visit Charity Job.

Become a Mind in Haringey Trustee (closing date: 28 January 2021)

Mind in Haringey have an exciting new opportunity for people to join their Trustee Board. If you are passionate about mental health, this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

For more information and to apply, visit Mind in Haringey.

Community Connector - LGBTQI+ inclusive (closing date: 12 noon, 31 December 2020)

  • Hours of work: 37.5 per week
  • Annual Leave: 25 days (plus bank holidays)
  • Salary: £30,000 (+3%pension contribution)
  • Period: Two years fixed term
  • Based: London Borough of Haringey

An exciting career step to lead on community building with a focus on older people, including LGBTQI+ residents.

For more information and to apply, visit Haringey Reach and Connect.

Modern slavery awareness

Modern slavery is hidden, often in plain sight. It can be everywhere around us in our daily lives - on our high streets, in local businesses and maybe even your next-door neighbour. It is common in nail bars, car washes, care homes, farming and within the homeless community.

Modern slavery is a major and growing issue for our local communities, with an estimated 100,000 to 130,000 potential victims in the UK (but the figure is believed to be far higher).

Modern slavery encompasses human trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced labour through the means of mental or physical threat, coercion and/or abuse, and physical constraints or restrictions placed on freedom.

In response to this ongoing issue, Enfield Council formed the specialist Modern Slavery Team in January 2020, which works jointly with a specialist modern slavery Police team. The team's focus is to investigate locational issues, such as homes or businesses, and support the MASH team with concerns they have with children and adults that may be victims of modern slavery. The aim is to work in partnership with other key departments, including housing, community safety and health, to collate evidence and information to share with the Police to secure potential prosecutions.

The Modern Slavery team has a dedicated helpline for the public and professionals to seek specialist support and advice around this issue. The team also runs regular awareness training (currently delivered via MS Teams) which covers various areas including:

  • what is modern slavery
  • types of exploitation
  • where and what to look out for
  • the modern slavery strategy and national referral mechanism
  • referral pathways

This training is ongoing, so if you're interested in discussing this with our team, please email modernslavery@enfield.gov.uk or phone 020 3821 1763.

Bountagu Big Local – Tenders

Could you help Bountagu with their marketing and communications?

Bountagu are inviting tenders from individuals and organisations with relevant experience, to lead on developing and implementing a communication strategy to promote and raise awareness of Bountagu through a wide range of platforms. This will initially run until the end of June 2021.

  • Closing date for proposals is Monday 25 January 2020
  • Interviews and appointment during the first week of February
  • Immediate commencement with monthly reporting
  • Contract initially due for review end of June 2021

For more information, visit Bountagu invitation to tender: comms and marketing.

Could you help Bountagu redesign and rebuild their website?

Buontagu are inviting tenders for the redesign and rebuilding of their website, and will require annual hosting, regular backups, managed updates and support. This should work alongside the need for the website to be sustainable for a volunteer-led entity and cost effective in the future.

  • Closing date for proposals is Monday 25 January 2020
  • Interviews and appointment during the first week of February
  • Project should be completed before end of April

For more information, visit Bountagu invitation to tender: website redesign.

COVID-19 information

For information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit NHS – coronavirus vaccine.

You can also visit the GOV.UK pages below, which are available in community languages:

Easy Read posters

You can access free Easy Read COVID-19 information posters, to download, print and share, at Keep Safe.

Survey from the Met Police

The Met Police have released a Confidence Survey.

The survey is designed to measure public confidence in how well the police have performed, both in your local borough and across the whole of London. It also gives chance to share your views about stop and search powers.

It only takes around three minutes to complete. We would really appreciate it if you could take part, and pass it on to people you know.

Helping communities recover from COVID-19

The Mayor is launching a new funding programme to help Londoners get back on their feet, following the huge impact that COVID-19 is having on the city.

We want to hear how the crisis has affected your life. With your help, we can create a fairer, greener and stronger London.

Funding includes: 

  • Community-Led Action Grant - up to £9000 to initiate social action projects which gather new insights.
  • London Community Story Grant - up to £1500 to help organisations tell Londoners' COVID-19 stories and share them with a wider audience.

To apply or find out more about the Community-Led Recovery Programme, visit Groundwork – CLR Grants.

HPV Promotion – request from Public Health Enfield

To encourage more people to have the HPV vaccine, Public Health Enfield is creating a promotional video. This video will contain educational material and insights of parents, young people, nurses, and hopefully doctors and faith leaders too.

Often parents don’t feel the HPV vaccination is needed for their children, as HPV is sexually transmitted. However, later in life a HPV vaccination could prevent certain cancers from developing. Whilst young people may not be sexually active or may not have multiple partners in their lifetime, HPV is incredibly common. 80% of people who are sexually active are exposed in their lifetime, so it’s a really good idea to have it done no matter what your lifestyle choices might be.

Faith leaders – join the filming

Public Health Enfield is inviting faith leaders to participate in the filming of the promotional video. They feel that having faith leaders advocating this project could increase the profile and uptake of the HPV vaccination. Public Health will work with you to find a date to suit everyone involved. Please get in touch using the details below if you would like to take part.

Even if you’re not taking part in the filming, we would also like to talk with faith leaders about promoting the video with your congregations, once it has been produced.

To get in touch, email Andrea Aresti at andrea.aresti@enfield.gov.uk. Public Health really look forward to hearing from you all. Andrea is also happy to provide some information and education on HPV to you and your congregations, if you would find it useful.

Are you registered to vote?

It’s easy to register to vote. You can register online using a simple form. You'll need to provide your National Insurance number, your date of birth, and your address.

If you would find it easier to vote by post, once you have registered to vote you can complete a postal vote application form.

Apply early. Your Vote Matters.

To find out more visit GOV.UK/register-to-vote.

You can also contact the Electoral Services office for more information:

Raising rental housing standards in Enfield

Check if your rented property needs a licence. Properties that are rented in Enfield to three or four people forming two or more households, with shared facilities, need to be licensed by the landlord under a new HMO licensing scheme.

To find out more visit Private rented property licensing.

Brexit - New rules now apply

To get expert help with the new rules that apply following Brexit, go to the Brexit checker at GOV.UK/transition. Here you can find information about what you, your family or your business need to do.

Not well – but not an emergency?

If you need help with an urgent but not life-threatening medical need, contact NHS 111. A&E timeslots can now be booked through NHS 111 for those who need them at North Middlesex hospital and Barnet hospital.

In an emergency, call 999.

Flu jab – it’s not too late

With the rise in people being hospitalised for COVID-19, the NHS doesn’t want you to get flu as well. This year, more people are being offered the flu vaccine than ever before, including people aged 50 to 64. It’s important that you take up the offer to protect yourself. Ask your GP or pharmacist for your free flu jab.

Important childhood vaccinations

Routine vaccinations for babies and children are continuing as normal. But fewer babies and children in London are attending vital vaccination appointments. GPs have measures in place to keep families safe. Find out more at  NHS – vaccinations.

It's important to go to appointments unless you, your child or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.

Enfield Voluntary Action grants

The following grant is available:

  • Tackling Poverty & Inequality in Enfield Grant (£500-£10,000) – deadline 8 February 2021. View the guidelines and application form.

Health or social care workers - EHRC wants to hear from you

We would like people who work in health and social care to complete a confidential survey, to share their experiences of inequality during the pandemic.

Last month EHRC launched a statutory inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care, triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The inquiry will look at how ethnic minority health and social care workers’ treatment during the pandemic has been influenced by their race, employment status, immigration status and working conditions.

We want to hear from ethnic minority workers who are in lower paid roles, but we also want to hear from their co-workers, from health and social care employers and from organisations who support workers.

You can provide us with evidence by completing a short survey. Click on the link below to access the survey which is relevant for you:

We want to hear from as many people who may have relevant information as possible. Please share details of our call for evidence with your contacts. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 7 February.

If you have any questions about the inquiry, you can contact us by emailing ri@equalityhumanrights.com.

Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller Project Board

The Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) Project Board has been set up to bring together a cross-section of the community, including professionals, GRT advocates and GRT members, to proactively support Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller residents in Enfield.

The focus of the board will be to:

  • improve the quality of health
  • improve education
  • improve housing
  • enhance community development initiatives

We are concerned about the low level of engagement from GRT communities. This is acting as a barrier to accessing services, which can contribute to a poor quality of life.

We’ve already been working with groups to get insight and feedback, but we need more so we can build the right services for your community.

To get involved, please contact us.

Represent Enfield's Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community

Enfield Council has made a commitment to our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community, but they need the voices of that community to help guide them. If you or someone you know is connected to, or a member of, the GRT community please visit our new GRT pages, or get in touch by email at grt@enfield.gov.uk.

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust - call for proposals to fund a democracy network

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust is calling for proposals to fund a democracy network.

This is part of a programme of work by JRRT to strengthen the democracy sector. Last year we commissioned Networking for Democracy, an analysis of sector needs and perspectives. It concludes that building better connections within and outside the sector is a priority capacity building need, and that there is a good case and support for building a network.

In December, JRRT held an event with 50 sector organisations to explore proposals for funding a network. Input from that meeting can be viewed at Funding a Democracy Network (PDF).

You can find details of the Call for Proposals on JRRT and how to apply in the  Call for Proposals (PDF).

Proposals should be sent by Monday 22 February 2021 to info@jrrt.org.uk.

'One of the most effective ways to support [democracy] work is to connect the efforts of those pursuing such goals.'

The3million webinar

The3million is hosting a webinar, ‘What to expect for EU Citizens’ Rights in 2021?’

Discover what to expect for EU citizens in the UK, a month after the exit from the EU and five months before the deadline for applications to the EU settlement scheme.

Webinar details:

  • What to expect for EU Citizens’ Rights in 2021? A webinar by The3million
  • Thursday 4 February 2021, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • To register, visit Eventbrite

Edmonton Community Partnership

Edmonton Community Partnership have received funding from the Home Office to support local EU citizens, with a focus on the large Bulgarian/Roma community living in Edmonton, who need to apply for Settled and Pre-Settled Status.

The deadline for this is June 2021. Find out more and see how to apply at Edmonton Community Partnership.

Survey from Skills and Training Network (STN)

If you’re aged 18 to 35 and live in North London, we’d love to hear from you through our New Young People Network Survey.

STN are developing a new network for young people, with a focus on women aged 18 to 35 years old. The short survey below enables you to inform us about your current needs, so that we can create a network that works for you.

KOOTH online counselling service for 11 to 19-year-olds

KOOTH is an online mental health community launched on 1 April 2020 by Enfield CAMHS, in conjunction with Enfield Local Authority and the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (NCL STP).

KOOTH provides an opportunity for young people to interact in a supportive way with other young people, as well as receive support from a qualified counsellor. There is no threshold for students to access support through KOOTH so the service may sit as part of a whole school approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing.

Youth Covid-19 Support Fund

Applications are open for the £16.5 million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund.

The fund is designed to help grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations, who have lost income during the winter due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure that services that provide vital support can remain open.

To apply, visit GOV.UK – Youth Covid-19 Support. The deadline to apply is 5pm, 12 February 2020.

London Community Response – Renewal Grants

Renewal grants for up to £50,000 are available to support the recovery and renewal of London’s communities. The support is available over a full year, starting from April 2021.

Renewal grants can be used for the costs of a specific project, a partnership approach, or for the core costs of running your organisation. For renewal grants, applications will be open until midday on Monday 15 February 2021 and will be assessed together as quickly as possible after this date. Visit London Community Response to find out more and apply.

Free online workshops for parents

Home-Start is offering free online workshops for parents in February and March, running every Thursday at 10am.

See details of dates and topics in February at Home-Start workshops (PDF).

To register your interest, email Lizzie Boyle at parenting@hshhandwf.org, with the workshop included in the subject heading.

Active Hope Leadership Training

Join an online, eight-week journey of revitalisation and empowerment for London-based change-makers, activists and community leaders.

The event runs from 12 March to 30 April 2021. Applications are now open.

This online leadership training programme is designed to nourish and strengthen the capacity of London’s changemakers to face challenges with courage, confidence, and creative power. You’ll go on a journey of renewal and revitalisation, deepening your foundations for joyful, sustainable action.

The journey is about more than self-care. It’s about shifting mindsets and cultures towards our deepest values, (re)discovering joy, creativity and meaning through changemaking, and collectively making the transition to a life-sustaining, equitable society irresistible. Join us to create a new story for yourself, your community, our city, our world.

The training is offered in the spirit of solidarity and accessibility. They ask participants to pay a deposit of £70 to secure a place and there will be an opportunity to make a further donation to support the costs of Active Hope London at the end of the training (if you wish to!).

Visit Active Hope London to see more information and details of how to apply.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bods’ weekly Mental Health Pack

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bods’ (HMHB) looks to prevent people from experiencing depression, stress and anxiety, as well as guide people who may be currently having a tough time.

Download their latest Mental Health Pack (PDF), which includes information focusing on mindset, health, nutrition, exercise and routine.

Enfield Virtual Job Club

Enfield Virtual Job Club provides employment and training advice.

The club is available twice a week:

  • Tuesdays - for customers to receive technical and troubleshooting support to access the Wednesday session
  • Wednesdays – for employability support

Sessions are offered through Zoom on a drop in, ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Trained volunteers can give you help with:

  • CV writing
  • Universal Credit
  • filling in application forms
  • interview techniques
  • current recruiters
  • e-learning
  • cover letters
  • confidence building

To access the Enfield Virtual Job Club you must:

  • be an Enfield resident
  • be able to use a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone and have access to the internet
  • complete the online registration form

View the Enfield Virtual Job Club poster (PDF).

Windrush Day Grant Scheme for 2021

MHCLG has published details of its Windrush Day Grant Scheme for 2021. The grant will provide funding for communities to celebrate, commemorate and educate about the Windrush Generation and their contribution.

Applications for between £2,500 and £25,000 are invited from local authorities, charities and community groups. Applications will be open until 10 March 2021.

Online bidder workshops will take place on 2 February and 11 February 2021, to provide information to organisations looking to apply to the scheme. For further details, email windrushprojects@communities.gov.uk, including ’bidder workshop’ in the subject line.

Further details of the Windrush Day Grant Scheme for 2021 are available at GOV.UK.

GoParksLondon

GoParksLondon is a campaign for London’s parks, and the community groups who volunteer in them. We’re formed by the London Friends of Greenspaces Network, CPRE London, London National Park City, London Gardens Trust, and GiGL.

Through GoParksLondon, you can find over 4,000 green and blue spaces in London. Friends groups can create detailed pages for their parks, and include information like things to do, facilities, photos, and social media links to help recruit volunteers.

There are currently nine friends groups in Enfield who have created detailed pages, which you see at GoParksLondon - Enfield. The GoParksLondon - Trent Country Park page is particularly good.

To get the message out about all these amazing sites to visit in Enfield, and the joy of volunteering, we’re launching a marketing campaign. We’ve created images that can be used on social media, and posters that can be put in libraries and GP surgeries (when they open again), and in school newsletters. Visit our GoogleDive to access them.

COVID-19 information

COVID-19 helpline for children and young people

The Boloh helpline was set up by Barnardo's, with funding from the National Emergencies Trust, in response to the impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The service is aimed at children, young people and their families from these communities.

  • Helpline advisors can provide a service in English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Amharic, Tigrinya and Mirpuri
  • Therapeutic sessions can be provided in English, Bengali, Hindi, French, Punjabi and Greek

The helpline is open Monday to Friday, from 1pm to 8pm, on freephone 0800 151 2605.

For more information, email boloh.helpline@barnardos.org.uk or visit Barnardo's.

EU Settlement Scheme

There is less than six months to go until the deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. If you're an EU citizen living in the UK (resident in the UK by 31 December 2020), you can protect your family's rights in the UK by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.

Would you find it easier to vote by post?

You need to register to be able to vote in UK elections. Registering is easy, you just need to provide your National Insurance number, your date of birth and your address.

To register, visit GOV.UK/register to vote.

Once you have registered, you will need to complete a postal vote application form.

For more information, see our voting by post page, or contact the Electoral Services office by email elections@enfield.gov.uk or telephone 020 3821 1811.

Not well? Book an appointment at A&E with NHS 111

If you need help with an urgent but not life-threatening medical need, contact NHS 111. Accident and emergency (A&E) timeslots at North Middlesex Hospital and Barnet Hospital, can now be booked through NHS 111.

In an emergency, call 999.

Every mind matters

If you have been feeling more anxious or stressed at this time, there is expert advice available. Breathing exercises, learning to challenge anxious thoughts, keeping track of mood changes and keeping active, are just a few simple ways to manage your anxiety.

Getting a good sleep is also important for your mental wellbeing. Try to switch off your phone and avoid clockwatching.

For more tips, visit NHS - Every Mind Matters.

Flu jab - it's not too late

With the rise in people being hospitalised for COVID-19, the NHS doesn't want you to get flu as well. This year, more people are being offered the flu vaccine than ever before, including people aged 50 to 64. It's important that you take up the offer to protect yourself. Ask your GP or pharmacist for your free flu jab.

Important childhood vaccinations

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. Routine vaccinations for babies and children are continuing as normal. GPs have measures in place to keep families safe. To find out more, visit NHS - vaccinations.

It's important to go to appointments unless you, your child or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.

Improving Housing Standards for Private Tenants

Property licensing in Enfield helps us create good homes in well-connected neighbourhoods, making safe and healthy communities.

Check if your rented property needs a licence. Properties that are rented to three or more people, living in two or more households and sharing facilities, need to be licensed by the landlord.

To find out more, see our private rented property licensing page.

Family Based Solutions - new group sessions for parents

Family Based Solutions (FBS) will now be offering intervention and support to parents and carers via Zoom online meetings. This will enable them to help more families with a reduced waiting period for support during lockdown.

These solution focused parent support groups are available to parents or carers who are:

  • experiencing child to parent abuse in any form (physical or verbal aggression, violence or other)
  • recovering from domestic abuse

An FBS referral form will need to be completed.

The intervention will consist of four group sessions. Please go to all four sessions (it is not possible to swap from one group to another). If the first session is missed, the parent or carer will need to choose a new group to join. It is not possible to join groups that have already started.

Parents or carers who opt for the group sessions can remain anonymous (you can turn off your camera and change your name if you so wish), and benefit from knowing they are not alone and the advantages of peer support.

The group sessions will be for the parent or carer to attend, and not for the whole family.

By the end of the four group sessions, FBS hope each family will be swapping their success stories, and how they have used the solution focused approach to make positive changes to their individual circumstances.

The new group sessions are available on the following dates:

Group Date and time Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
4
Saturday - 10am to 11:30am
6 March
13 March
20 March
27 March
5
Thursday - 5pm to 6:30pm
11 March
18 March
25 March
1 April
6
Monday - 6:30pm to 8pm
22 March
29 March
19 April
26 April

Lottery fund event

You are invited to a funding presentation with the National Lottery Fund. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the different funding streams from the National Lottery, ask questions and get ongoing support with your projects.

  • Time: 1pm to 3pm
  • Date: Wednesday 10 March 2021
  • Venue: This meeting will be online via Teams (a link will be sent a week before the event)

For more information or to book, visit Haringey and Enfield Youth Network.

Summer Uni is back again for 2021

Do you know someone who would be interested in running a course for Summer Uni?

We are inviting applications from community groups, voluntary organisations and businesses, to run courses over a wide range of areas, including:

  • cooking
  • IT
  • music
  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • careers
  • self-development
  • accredited first aid courses

You can also suggest something we have not run before that you think would be a worthy addition to our programme.

You will need to complete the application form (PDF), and then register and upload the application at London Tenders Portal (go to the 'suppliers area' and search for Enfield Summer Uni 2020, and follow the instructions).

View the Summer Uni flyer (PDF) and how to download and upload guide (PDF).

The closing date for applications is 12 midnight on Sunday 28 March 2021. For more information, email yemi.akinfenwa@enfield.gov.uk.

Communities summit on COVID-19 vaccines

Thank you for your continued support in helping Enfield Council reach our communities with vital coronavirus information, and aiding us in our fight against the virus. You will recall, in partnership with the NHS, Enfield hosted an online community webinar on Wednesday 17 February 2021. This featured a range of healthcare professionals discussing vaccinations against coronavirus, and addressed a number of misconceptions and myths about the jab.

We think this webinar would be of great use to our communities. So, please share it with your networks, to spread the word that vaccines are safe, offer good protection against coronavirus and have passed through all the normal regulatory processes.

View the communities webinar on COVID-19 vaccines.

If you would like an information pack with slides from the presentations, email riyad.karim@nhs.net.

Home test kits available to order over the phone

The government has introduced new accessibility improvements to the home testing programme, to make it even easier to get tested.

You can now order COVID-19 test kits over the phone, as well as online. For more information, visit GOV.UK - COVID-19 home testing kits.

Domestic abuse recovery therapy workshops

Family Based Solutions are running workshops for parents or carers recovering from domestic abuse.

The workshops will run from 10am to 11:30am on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 10 March
  • Wednesday 17 March
  • Wednesday 24 March
  • Wednesday 31 March

The purpose of these workshops is to reduce isolation, and look at:

  • how domestic abuse can or has affected your parenting
  • safer relationships
  • moving forward and what that looks like
  • basic solution focused tools and techniques, and how they may benefit you and your family

New TV series - The Simple Life

Channel 4 is filming a new documentary series later this year about living a simpler life. They are looking for families, couples and individuals, of all ages, backgrounds and experiences, who can take time out from their regular life and step into a different way of living.

Say goodbye to smartphones, video conferencing and online shopping (all the distractions and pressures of regular life) to go and live a simpler life. To experience the 'good life' fantasy and think about what our modern life and its multitude of choices, has really given us. They want to explore whether less is more, and whether modern life is all it is cracked up to be!

The filming will take place over several months this summer in rural Britain, and they will contribute to a loss of earnings for everyone that takes part.

To apply or for more information, email simplelife@fivemilefilms.co.uk with your name, age and contact number, and a brief outline of why you would like to live a simpler life.

Enfield Virtual Job Club

Enfield Virtual Job Club provides employment and training advice.

The club is available twice a week:

  • Tuesdays - for customers to receive technical and troubleshooting support to access the Wednesday session
  • Wednesdays - for employability support

Sessions are offered through Zoom on a drop in, 'first come, first serve' basis. Trained volunteers can give you help with:

  • CV writing
  • Universal Credit
  • filling in application forms
  • interview techniques
  • current recruiters
  • e-learning
  • cover letters
  • confidence building

To access the Enfield Virtual Job Club you must:

  • be an Enfield resident
  • be able to use a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone and have access to the internet
  • complete the online registration form

View the Enfield Virtual Job Club poster (PDF).