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Communities come together during COVID-19 crisis

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The COVID-19 crisis has been devastating for many but seen Barnet at its best with communities pulling together to help those most affected. While lockdown has meant strict social distancing, many local groups and charities have found interesting and novel ways to combat loneliness, provide essential support to those most in need, and to keep the community united.  

Together, we are Barnet celebrates the fantastic community spirit in the borough by highlighting five local organisations and initiatives that have been uniting people of all backgrounds to support each other through the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown.

Barnet Education Arts Trust provides music lessons in Barnet’s schools and at their three BEAT Music Academies. During COVID-19 lockdown, BEAT encouraged their young people to perform ‘Garden Gigs’ for their neighbours.

Barnet Multi-Faith Forum is the voice of Barnet’s faith community. Throughout COVID-19 lockdown, BMFF has worked with voluntary and community groups, the business sector and faith leaders across the borough to host online events to bring Barnet together virtually.

Friend in Need is a small charity providing support services for some of the most vulnerable people in Barnet, including older people and people with disabilities or those who struggle with their mental health.

The Finchley COVID-19 Community Support Group is a grassroots volunteer initiative borne out of the coronavirus crisis. The Facebook group was set up among neighbours in East Finchley and has since grown, with over 100 volunteers supporting vulnerable residents throughout Barnet.

JOY: Joining Old and Young encourages friendships between the young and old through shared experiences and activities. The interfaith programme works with nursery schools, day centres and residential homes throughout Barnet.

Visit engage.barnet.gov.uk/barnettogether to watch and read their stories, share your own story and find out how you can get involved in your local community.

Together, we are Barnet.

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