Join our Voicebox conversation

Voicebox is The Barnet Groups virtual platform for our young people under the age of 18. We provide a safe and friendly place for young people to talk and debate issues that affect them, share their experiences and tell us what they feel is important that needs to change.

Our aim is to promote activities and opportunities available for young people across Barnet. This includes accessing appropriate services, that includes sport, art, music, local youth clubs volunteering, training, apprenticeships, staying safe online and joining online virtual forums to discuss topics of interest.

If you are under 18 and require any advice, support, information or have a topic you feel is worth debating, you can find us on Instagram.

Here’s a quick ABC on how to join our Voicebox conversations:

A. Follow us on Instagram @tbg_community1

B. Like our Voicebox Instagram Post

C. Drop us a DM telling us about what you would like to see in your community or topics you would like to talk about

If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can email us at or

Services and provision for young people in Barnet

Unitas Youth Zone are open 7 days a week with over 20 activities available to young people, this includes; Sports, indoor rock climbing, boxing & martial arts, arts, crafts & fashion, fitness centre, dance & drama, garden & outdoors, enterprise & employability, film & multi-media, music & production, restaurant & kitchen and health & wellbeing.

Address: 76 Montrose Avenue, Edgware HA8 0DT | Email: | Telephone: 0208 0755 888 | Instagram: @unitasyouthzone

FUSE aims to teach young people life skills through the use of cooking, creative art, group discussions around youth centred topics and team sports.

Address: The Library, The Concourse, ​Grahame Park Estate, Colindale NW9 5XA | Email: | Instagram: @fuse_youth_project

Art Against Knives prevent young people from becoming victims or perpetrators of violent crime. They embed creative spaces in London’s most isolated communities, co-designed with young people, that build on their strengths and create opportunity.

Email: Contact form | Telephone: 020 3004 7974 | Instagram: @artagainstknives


Young Barnet Foundation’s vision is for young people to grow up healthy, safe and happy with the best opportunities to secure brighter futures.

Address: Old East Barnet Library, 85 Brookhill Road, Barnet EN4 8SG | Email: | Telephone: 020 3621 6090 | Instagram: @youngbarnetfoundation

Youth Realities is a youth-led organisation based in Barnet, addressing teenage relationship abuse through creative education and specialist, survivor-centred support. They are on a mission to educate, empower and support young people to feel happier, healthier and safer; through youth-centred creativity, empathy and healing.

Address: Pulse Community Flat, 15 Osler Court, Colindale NW9 5XW | Email: | Telephone: 0203 9165 709 | Instagram: @youthrealities

Barnet Education Arts Trust are an organisation that offer musical opportunities and provide instrumental tuition and Music Centres across the London Borough of Barnet.

Address: Dollis Primary School, Pursley Road, Mill Hill, London NW7 2BU | Email: | Telephone: 0208 9594 111

Canada Villa – Youth club providing free activities and occasional holidays for local young people. Activities include; basketball, football, pool, table tennis, arts and crafts, self-defence, safety awareness sessions. Drop in hours Wednesday: 11am-7pm

Address: Pursley Road, Mill Hill NW7 2BU | Telephone: 0208 3593 100

Grahame Park Drawing Competition 2021

Children’s Centres in Barnet

In line with Government guidelines, Barnet Children’s Centres are offering a combination of face to face and virtual sessions. For more information and to book a place, please contact your local children’s centre by inputting your postcode.

You can still register at a children’s centre online here

Local & National Services available to young people

Mental Health Services

Barnet CAMHS is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in the London Borough of Barnet, providing multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of children and young people with mental health or severe emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Telephone: 0208 7023 000

Mind in Enfield and Barnet is your local specialist mental health charity. They are led by lived experience and driven by a passion to support and protect people’s mental health.

Address: 55 Christchurch Avenue, London N12 0DG | Email: | Telephone: 0208 9067 506 | Instagram: @mindenfieldbarnet

SHOUT provides free, confidential, 24/7 text message support in the UK for anyone who is struggling to cope and anyone in crisis. You can: text SHOUT to 85258

Instagram: @giveusashoutinsta

Teenage Helpline is a charitable organisation that provides email-based services to young people across the UK. Their primary service involves putting young people in contact with peers, as well as providing peer-to-peer mentoring and other support that is required.

Contact form | Email: | Instagram: @teenagehelpline

The Mix provides a free confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find young people aged 25 or under the best help, whatever the problem.

Email: email The Mix | Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (lines are open from 11am to 11pm every day) | Instagram: @themixuk

“The advice I’d give to somebody that’s silently struggling is, you don’t have to live that way. You don’t have to struggle in silence. You can be un-silent. You can live well with a mental health condition, as long as you open up to somebody about it, because it’s really important you share your experience with people so that you can get the help that you need.” ~ Demi Lovato

Young people in Care/Care leavers – The Onwards & Upwards Care Leavers Service supports young people in care and those who have left care from the age of 16 to 25. Young people can access this support whether they live in Barnet, other London boroughs or outside of London. The team provides varied support to looked after children including a telephone advice service.

Email: | Telephone: 0208 3596 220

Youth Homelessness

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless you should contact Barnet Homes as soon as possible on 0208 6103 539 or email:

Skills, work experience and employment

BOOST help unemployed residents across the whole borough to find work. Also provides housing support, benefit advice and local training opportunities.

Address: Burnt Oak Library, 99 Watling Avenue, HA8 0UB| Email: | Telephone: 0208 359 5600 | Instagram: @boostbarnet

BELS (Barnet Education & Learning Service) is a local authority controlled company which is responsible for providing the Council’s Education & Skills service to Barnet schools.

Address: 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale NW9 4EW | Email: | Telephone: 0208 359 2000

Barnet and Southgate College offer a wide range of courses for young people and adults.

Address: 7 Bristol Avenue (formerly Lanacre Avenue), London NW9 4BR| Email: | Telephone: 0208 266 4000 | Instagram: @barnetsouthgate

Middlesex University gain qualifications to support your academic and career interests at Middlesex University.

Address: The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT| Email: Contact form | Telephone: 0208 411 5555 | Instagram: @middlesexuniversity

FUSE Homework Club

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

 Community safety: – Barnet Safer Communities Partnership (BSCP) brings together the Metropolitan Police, Barnet Council, London Fire Brigade, the criminal justice system and other organisations involved with crime reduction and community safety. They aim to reduce crime, re-offending and anti-social behaviour and ensure people in Barnet feel safe.

Contact Barnet Community Safety Team on 0208 359 6071 or by email

Young people’s drug and alcohol misuse:

If you are a young person who is affected by drug or alcohol problems, or a friend or family member, you can talk to someone at Barnet’s young people’s substance misuse service.

Change Grow Live is the local service for adults and young people who are experiencing issues with drugs or alcohol. 

Address: Ground Floor, Dennis Scott Unit, Edgware Community Hospital, Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware HA8 0AD | Email: | Telephone: 0300 303 2866

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