Offers for our Grahame Park customers

Last updated - 11 December 2017

We have a number of projects and services available for our customer at Grahame Park in Barnet
Grahame Park is a unique regeneration project to transform the estate in Barnet. The scheme is one of the largest self-funded projects in Europe and will lead to 3000 new homes, as well as shops, gardens, new parks, and a community hub.

There has also been significant investment in social and economic initiatives that will improve the life chances of our customers. Whether you want help finding a job, are interested in volunteering in your community, or you want to start your own business, we can support you.

Employment and Skills

We provide our residents with a variety of exciting employment and training opportunities. Through our programmes we can help residents to achieve their goals. This can include support with looking for a job, thinking of a career change or looking for training opportunities. For more information please e-mail: SEI@genesisha.org.uk.

We are also offering the following free job clubs:

  • Every Wednesday from 10.30am to 1pm at CCT One Stop Shop on the Concourse.
  • Every Wednesday from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Library in Barnet and Southgate College, Colindale Campus.
  • Come along and have an informal chat with an employment advisor about how we can help support you into work.

Able, Capable & Employed (ACE)
ACE offers one to one support and specialist advice to Barnet residents to prepare them  for suitable jobs. Throughout the project, we aim to support 20 people by matching them to paid, supported job opportunities.

We also support host employers. We help them identify and adapt vacancies within their businesses the right candidates can make the most of and succeed in these roles.

If you are a resident looking for support to get into work, or if you know a resident who is, please contact Maria Magne, ACE Support Worker on 07540 123 048 or maria.magne@genesisha.org.uk.

Colindale Communities Trust (CCT) - Our strategic partner on Grahame Park

The CCT works in Colindale and Grahame Park developing sustainable projects and partnerships that bring people together to improve the economic and social well-being of the community.

What does the CCT do?

  • Provision and management of community centres and facilities.
  • Identify local needs to influence community services.
  • Connecting partners to help increase the benefit of working together to benefit of the community.
  • Support the improvement of skills, learning and routes to employment. 
  • Ensure and encourage agencies to communicate clear and accessible information

To find out what’s happening in Grahame Park and Colindale visit our website www.colindalecommunity.org or download our App My Colindale.

The One Stop Shop is the community hub at the heart of Grahame Park, located on The Concourse. 

The dedicated team of volunteers and staff offer help, advice and support to residents and visitors. The services on offer include:

  • Free telephone and Wi-Fi access 
  • Help and advice with benefit and money issues
  • Support and advocacy for residents over 55
  • London Capital Credit Union
  • Alive ‘n’ Kicking (healthy lifestyle programme for all families with children aged between 4 and 11)
  • BILA (offering advice and support for people with disabilities) 
  • Barnet Timebank, Shared Enterprise Club 
  • The 4Front Project supporting young people.  

There are also training, meeting rooms, office space and halls for hire at 3 local community venues, some with  discounts for residents. 

The Shop is open Monday to Fridays 9.30am to 5pm

For more information call 0208 200 3014 or email grahamepark.onestopshop@gmail.com

The One Stop Shop on Grahame Park

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers are a key part of our community and are highly valued.

The CCT works with other local groups and businesses to support residents into volunteering.

The CCT need volunteers to support our work in the One Stop Shop. You can get involved by becoming Community Champions or helping out at special events. For more information please contact Jan on 0208 200 3014 or email brennan.cct@gmail.com

I enjoy my role. I like the challenging work that I have to do. It is very rewarding, especially for me as I love helping people
Maureen Edwards, CCT Volunteer
CCT Volunteers

Health and Well-Being Programme

The Grahame Park Health & Well-being Project trains local residents to be Champions and help others improve their well-being. 

The Champions share information about activities and health services, friendship, and help to develop programmes for local residents. They also host a community get together, every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm at the Grahame Park Community Centre. Everyone is welcome.

 For more information please contact Lindsay Hettrick on 0208 200 3014 or email Lindsay.cct@gmail.com

Yoga Classes

The Loop @ Grahame Park

Genesis works in partnership with Groundwork London to improve the estate environment, to promote reuse, to reduce waste and fly-tipping. The project is called REPURPOSE and is being delivered on five residential estates in London. A REPURPOSE Hub - The Loop @ Grahame Park - has been set up for the residents of the Grahame Park Estate in Barnet.

The free home collection service is up and running and the hub has been open since March 2016. To arrange a collection, please contact Andrea on the number below:

Your REPURPOSE Coordinator at Grahame Park Estate is Andrea Naef. You can contact Andrea by calling 0798 1140 926 or by emailing theloopgrahamepark@groundwork.org.uk

Are you a Grahame Park resident? Join The Loop @ Grahame Park's Facebook group or check out The Loop's eBay store.

The Loop @ Grahame Park is part-funded by players of the People's Postcode Lottery, through the Colindale Community Trust.

The repurpose project in Grahame Park was also featured on the BBC- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37386960.

The Loop @ Grahame Park

Tutors United

Genesis has partnered with social enterprise, Tutors United to deliver after school tutoring classes. The classes are for our young residents at both our Woodberry Down and Grahame Park schemes.

They provide accessible after-school tutoring for pupils of Years 5 & 6. Their programmes help to improve English and Maths attainment for pupils transitioning to secondary school. The tutors are university students that are trained and employed to tutor these young people. This helps break down the barriers of disadvantaged children and supports their aspirations of higher and further education.

This service runs on Woodberry Down in Hackney and Grahame Park in Barnet. To find out more please contact SEI@genesisha.org.uk

Watch YouTube video below for an overview of the project.

FAQs
Do I have to be a resident to access the services?

No. If you don’t qualify for any of our services or programmes we will look to refer you to an appropriate service to help support your needs.

There may be some cases where Genesis residents will be prioritised for our programmes if spaces are limited (such as on a training course) and we are over- subscribed.

Will my benefits be affected if I take part in the programmes?

You can participate in our programmes if you are a job seeker, you just have to ensure you still meet the terms of the benefit or tax you are receiving for example, if you receive job seekers allowance you must be actively job seeking and able to go to interviews within 48 hours’ notice.

We can support you if the Jobcentre need to know more about the programme you will be participating in.

Will I be better off financially if I work?

Yes, most of the time you will be better off. One of our team will carry out better off calculations to ensure this is the case for any job you are considering.

If I volunteer, will I get a job at the end of it?

Although we cannot guarantee a paid job at the end of any placement, we will actively work with you to seek paid employment where possible.

Do I have to be a resident to volunteer?

The majority of volunteer placements are aimed at our residents; however we do take a number of external applicants on too. Full requirements for each volunteer placement are tailored to each individual role and we would advise you read the specifications on the role profile.

How many hours can I do as a volunteer or do I have to do a full week?

Volunteering hours are flexible and in most cases, your hours can be discussed with the manager recruiting the volunteer.

If you are unemployed and in receipt of benefits, we would advise you talk to your job centre adviser as there may be a cap on the number of hours you are allowed to volunteer.

How long will it take for me to get a job?

This depends on your individual circumstances, how job ready you are, and if you are successful at a job interview.

We can support you with becoming job ready much quicker and we can prepare you for an interview to increase your chances of success. If you stay committed and put in the hard work necessary, we are confident you will find work.

Is there a chance of getting a job if I become a volunteer?

Although we cannot guarantee a paid position to any of our volunteers, we will actively encourage and support you in your search for employment during your time with us.

Can I get advice on my debt?

Yes, better of calculations are carried out for those who require them and in Hackney and Barnet we also have Citizens Advice open to local residents where debt advice can be sought.

How can I register on one of your programmes?

You can fill in and submit a contact form by clicking this link: ‘contact form’. Once you press ’submit’, the form will be sent directly to us and we will aim to contact you back within 24 hours.

Alternatively you can email us: SEI@genesisha.org.uk.

I am not at Genesis at present but will be in the future, can I access your services?

Yes you can.

What types of jobs are available?

The aim is to deliver a bespoke service tailored to your individual needs so you will be supported in one or more of the following ways:

  • Finding a job that is suitable for you
  • Achieving selfemployment or starting your own business
  • Assisted with finding an appropriate training course
  • Assisted with finding an ideal volunteering opportunity that will give you invaluable experience

Supported with finding a work experience placement (if you are of secondary school or college age).

What support can I get?

Our support is dependent upon your individual circumstances and we would assess your needs before giving you support. Examples of ways we can support you are:

  • Help you find training
  • Help you get into employment
  • Assistance with starting your own business
  • Advising you on reducing debt
  • Help you find a volunteer placement
  • Help you find work experience
  • Help you access health and wellbeing services
Do I have to pay anything?

Genesis pays for all programmes that support our customers. You will only need to pay for your travel to and from a programme or for childcare if you need it during the time of the programme. 

Support given to look for work, training, volunteering or starting up your own business is totally free to you. What we ask in return is a commitment to take part and turn up to sessions for you to get the best out of the service.