Barnet Outreach service becomes part of The Barnet Group

We are delighted to announce that Barnet Homes has taken over a contract that offers general housing support and specialist mental health floating support in the borough. The Outreach Barnet service was previously managed by Notting Hill Genesis whose contract ended on 31 July. Barnet Homes, part of The Barnet Group, will run the service [...]

Eamon McGoldrick appointed as board Chair

The Barnet Group is pleased to announce that Eamon McGoldrick has been appointed as our new chair. Eamon has over 40 years’ experience in housing management, having started at the Greater London Council as a management trainee in 1977. He has worked extensively across housing in north London, and was Chief Executive of Homes for [...]

THOCH goes from strength to strength with bike project

The Hope of Childs Hill (THOCH) marked a successful year since launching its local bike initiative last summer by hosting a visit from  The Barnet Group’s contractors Bugler, who officially gave their support by making a contribution to the bike project. As keen supporters of the charity, The Barnet Group, Barnet Council and councillor for [...]

A fond farewell to the Board Chair from The Barnet Group

After ten years with The Barnet Group and six of those as Chair of the Board, Terry Rogers retired his position last week. In a final speech at his leaving reception, Terry said he had had a very busy ten years as Chair of The Barnet Group and had seen, and supported, many new initiatives. [...]

The Barnet Group has moved offices

As of today, 8 July 2019, The Barnet Group has moved offices. Our new office is at 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, London NW9 4EW Please note, our Housing Options reception remains at 1255 High Road, Whetstone, N20 0EJ until September. Our telephone and email contacts remain the same. Thank you.

Employability Day 2019: from apprenticeship to full-time job

To mark Employability Day 2019, we are sharing stories about how various initiatives that The Barnet Group offer to help local people back into employment. This includes our successful apprenticeship scheme which provides a 'learn and earn' element - with apprenticeships available in both Barnet Homes and Your Choice Barnet. Tracey Dillon is one of [...]

Mayor of Barnet opens flagship scheme in Mill Hill

The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Reuben Thompstone, arrived in Mill Hill this week to open Barnet Council’s £15 million extra care scheme, Ansell Court. The scheme, built by contractors Rydon, has 53-flats which will be managed on behalf of the council by Your Choice Barnet. Ansell Court supports adults with extra-care and support needs to [...]

Barnet says no to hate crime

For the past 18 months, Barnet Council have been working with its partners to tackle hate crime in the borough, during this time they launched Hate Crime Reporting Centres. There are now nine Hate Crime Reporting Centres across the borough, enabling vulnerable adults and victims of hate crime to report incidents to the Police, and [...]

Our apprenticeships open up a world of opportunity

Education Secretary Damien Hinds kick started National Apprenticeship Week this week with the announcement of a new league table of top apprenticeship employers. Hinds also said that Apprenticeships had been transformed as they are now longer, higher-quality, with more off-the-job training. There are now more than 400 apprenticeship standards available in everything from accountancy to [...]

National Apprenticeship Week is coming

With just a few weeks to go before National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March) we got a head start in promoting apprenticeship opportunities here at The Barnet Group at a Post-16 options event. Some of our apprentices for The Barnet Group were on hand at Middlesex University’s Apprenticeships and Post-16 Options night to talk about their [...]

Calling all voluntary, faith and community groups

As part of their plans to build Strong, Successful and Shared Communities in the borough, Barnet Council is asking its residents to fill out a survey. Barnet Council wants to further understand how they can help voluntary, community and faith groups in Barnet. Groups like these are vital in helping Barnet build stronger communities, so if [...]

Housing Committee agrees extra fire safety funding

Barnet Council will set aside an additional £21.9million for fire safety improvements across the borough, bringing the total investment to £51.9m, under a proposal to be considered by its Housing Committee tonight (Monday 14 January). The plans would see an extra £16.9m put into fire safety improvements including new sprinklers, fire doors and fire detection [...]

A well-deserved thank you… to you

Our customers and services are at the heart of everything we do. To recognise those who go the extra mile to improve their communities, support fellow residents and making positive steps to increase their independence  – we hold a Customer Awards ceremony and Thank You party every year. The event took place at Hendon Town [...]

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 [...]