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Telephone line issues

We are currently experiencing intermittent connection issues with our phone lines. This means that some customers may hear a busy tone or a message when they call us. We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, and apologise for any inconvenience. In the meantime: If you need to pay your rent – [...]

Barnet Council wants your views on housing and homelessness

Barnet Council has launched a three-month consultation to seek your feedback on strategies to improve housing and tackle homelessness across the borough over the next five years. Visit engage.barnet.gov.uk to fill in questionnaires and leave a comment about the plans at any point between now and Monday 4 February. If you would prefer a hard [...]

Remembrance Sunday 2018

This weekend Barnet will pause to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in conflict exactly 100 years after the guns fell silent in the First World War. On Sunday 11 November, the Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Reuben Thompstone, will attend a service of remembrance due to be held at the [...]

No place for hate – National Hate-Crime Awareness Week

What is a hate crime? A hate crime is a crime committed against someone because of their disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation. This past year has seen a 'spike' in the number of hate crimes all over the country. The aim of National Hate Crime Awareness Week is not only [...]

Countdown to PopUp Business School

There's exactly four weeks to go before the PopUp Business School's week long workshop to train budding business owners hits Brent Cross. There's still time to sign up! Last November, nine Barnet Homes residents attended the course with business proposals for ideas from vegan sauces to customised handbags. All 54 attendees received a certificate for [...]

It’s Gas Safety Week. What does that mean for you?

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2018 this week - as the message is one we fully get behind - the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed [...]

Landmark day as first Opendoor homes are handed over

The Barnet Group is delighted to announce the practical completion of Opendoor Homes' development site at Elmshurst Crescent. This proud moment marks the handover of the first Opendoor homes, as we continue on our journey to build 320 homes across the borough of Barnet. New tenants will be moving into the new flats in the [...]

Final days to use your green token for Live Unlimited

If you are a Waitrose shopper, you only have a few days to use your green token (or two) after each shop to play your part in supporting Live Unlimited. For the month of August, Live Unlimited was selected as one of three charities chosen as part of Waitrose’s Community Matters scheme. Each month Waitrose [...]

Doing a Waitrose (in Whetstone) shop?

Next time you go down to Whetstone Waitrose and get a green token, try and use it to support Live Unlimited. (Ask for some if the cashier doesn't give you one) Live Unlimited has been selected as one of three charities chosen as part of Waitrose’s Community Matters scheme for the month of August. Live [...]

Opendoor Homes Board Chair Recruitment

What a six years it has been since The Barnet Group was created. The Group has seen significant growth and longterm management agreements for both Barnet Homes and Your Choice means that the future is both secure and exciting. Opendoor Homes is one of our newer entities in the Group and achieved Registered Provider status in 2017.  It has funding and land available to build an initial programme of 320 affordable homes with an ambition to achieve much more. We are seeking a new Chair to lead the board through its exciting developmental period.  Ideally, we [...]

Ansell Court nears completion

Last week, representatives from The Barnet Group were given a tour of a much-needed dementia-friendly extra care scheme – Ansell Court in Mill Hill. Our contractors, Rydon, headed up the tour of the almost completed extra care scheme, which is going to make a big contribution to improving the lives of people living with dementia [...]

How to stay cool in this heat

British summertime is traditionally a temperamental time for weather – any given day could be rain or shine. Not this year! The summer of 2018 has definitely been about sunshine, as the Met Office predict that this glorious heatwave will last until the end of August. The all-time record in the UK is 38.5° C [...]

Caring for our carers

Did you know that around 6.5 million people in the UK are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend?  It becomes an absolutely massive commitment on the part of the carer – as they are not paid for looking after a loved one. And although caring for someone definitely has its rewards, there [...]

Try volunteering – it’s good for you (and everyone else)

As part of national Volunteers Week (1-7 June 2018) Barnet Volunteers Fair 2018 is happening at the Finchley Arts Depo on Wednesday 6th June from 1pm. It's free and there's no need to register! But what are the benefits of volunteering? People decide to follow the path of volunteering for many different reasons: It's a [...]

Bumblebee launches to create a buzz in the property market

This morning The Barnet Group officially launched Bumblebee, an estate agent ready to create a buzz in the London lettings market. Bumblebee builds on years of combined experience to deliver a professional and transparent service to private tenants and landlords. The online-only agency offers an efficient and reliable service, with all fees made clear up [...]

We are Supporting National Dementia Action Week (21 – 27 May)

Imagine watching as a loved-one slowly (or in some cases rapidly) begins to deteriorate because of the on-set of dementia - and not being able to help them. Many people do not understand dementia or know how to support people who have it. Dementia is not simply a natural part of ageing and it doesn’t [...]

The Barnet Group donate 10k to new council charity

We are delighted to  support Live Unlimited, a new charity launched to help Barnet’s looked after children (children and young people leaving the care system) fulfil their dreams and aspirations with a donation of £10,000 funding boost from The Barnet Group. Live Unlimited is a registered charity set up by Barnet Council based on the [...]

Dementia Action Week in Barnet (21 – 27 May)

Monday 21 May marks the start of National Dementia Action Week. One of the things The Barnet Group is doing to support, and raise awareness for Dementia Action Week is by having staff training to improve understanding of the condition. Staff from Barnet Homes and Your Choice Barnet service took part in the training. This [...]

Join in with the Royal Wedding or The Big Lunch – or both

Just in case you didn’t know…The Royal Wedding takes place at the weekend (Saturday 19th May). In keeping with the theme, Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle have requested that their big day will reflect their personalities (rather than royal convention and formalities). In that ‘community focused’ spirit, many of our services and community groups [...]

Barnet Group Apprenticeship Open Day

We last updated on our apprenticeship scheme in March as we celebrated the achievements of our current, and past, apprentices during National Apprentice Week. Our current crop of keen apprentices have already spent six out of the 12 months of their time with us - how time flies! The Barnet Group in partnership with our [...]

The Barnet Group Gender Pay Gap Reports

The Barnet Group commissioned XpertHR Gender Pay Gap Reporting Service which indicates that overall the Group has a mean gender pay gap of 4.6%, and a median gender pay gap of -2.5%. This is significantly below the figure for organisations in the same sector and significantly below the figures for organisations with a similar financial [...]

Opendoor Homes development update – spring 2018

Work on Opendoor Homes’ development sites continues at pace as we construct 320 homes for affordable rent across the borough of Barnet. Opendoor Homes is a subsidiary of Barnet Homes, and is a registered social housing provider. The homes, once completed, will be allocated through Barnet Council's Allocations Policy. Exterior work is nearing completion at [...]

Capping off National Apprentice Week with new beginnings

The Barnet Group supported National Apprenticeship Week by promoting success stories of its apprentices past, present and future. We capped off this week of apprenticeship action by attending the ‘Class of 2018’ Graduation Ceremony at The Strand on Friday 9 March. It was the first apprenticeship graduation ceremony of its kind to be held, so [...]

Are you concerned about rough sleepers? Here’s you can help.

Due to the extreme cold temperatures and snowfall, Barnet has enacted our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol and accommodation is available to all rough sleepers whilst the temperatures remains below zero. Rough sleepers should be directed to Homeless Action in Barnet, a homeless day centre at 36B Woodhouse Road London N12 0RG , T: 020 8446 [...]

Cold weather warning

There is cold weather forecast in Barnet for the next few days. Keeping warm and well Temperatures are not forecast to be sub-zero in Barnet, but Barnet Council provide some useful information about keeping warm and well in cold weather conditions. Snowfall and your home Please follow Barnet Council's advice when dealing with snowfall in and [...]

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