Offers for our Grahame Park customers

Last updated - 28 August 2018

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

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

Amplify Your Summer - YUAF

Young Urban Arts Foundation (YUAF) is a registered charity that helps vulnerable and disadvantaged young people go places. YUAF engage with these young people through music and other arts, which not only helps them learn new skills, but also builds confidence, self-esteem and self-worth – with many going on to experience new opportunities such as further training, employment and helping them to overcome any personal or mental health issues they may have.

The media bus will be coming to Grahame Park this August.

Dates - August 3rd, 10th and 17th.

Location - 4, The Concourse, Colindale. NW9 5XB.

See the poster below for more information.

Amplify your Summer

FREE Nair Bar

A new Nail Bar is coming to Grahame Park! Come along and get your nails done for free!


From August 2018, 'Art Against Knives' will be opening a weekly Nail Bar for young women and girls (aged 12 – 25 years old) living locally.


The Nail Bar provides a free nail service, skills training and a wide range of creative activities, including a Braid Bar.

Learn new nail art skills, tips and tricks every Thursday from 3.30pm – 6:30pm.

The team also offers advice and support.


Come along and for the launch on 9th August at the Community Library.


Contact: HELLO@ARTAGAINSTKNIVES.COM | 07802 331448
WWW.ARTAGAINSTKNIVES.COM

Nail Bar

Urban Gamez 2018

The 2018 edition of Barnet Homes’ 'Urban Gamez' is coming soon!

This annual sporting spectacular at Grahame Park will be in its 9th year this summer.

The packed programme of events will land on The Concourse at the Grahame Park Estate from 12PM on Friday 31st August 2018.

Children on the day will be able to take part in a wide range of sporting actives, including:

  • 60 metre race
  • DJ and MC
  • Football
  • Climbing wall
  • Craft activities
  • Face painting
  • Giant games
  • Refreshments
  • Music and lots more

See the poster below to find out more.

Urban Gamez 2018

Summer Holiday Youth Project

The CCT are working in partnership with John Lyon's charity for a glorious Summer of sports, arts & crafts; there won't be a dull day this summer.

Open to 8-17 years olds and sign up is available NOW! from Grahame Park Community Centre (NW95XA).

See the poster below to find out more about the activities on offer.

To find out more, get in touch with - Jim Ball on 07812580796 or email: on-the-ball-youth-services@outlook.com 

Or Harriet Boamah 07984599114 or email: harriet-010@hotmail.co.uk

GP Youth Project Holidays Flyer 2018

Brand New Service - Future Path

This is a brand-new employment and job brokerage service aimed at Grahame Park (Barnet) residents. This will offer support to residents (a person-centred approach). It will work holistically with participants to break down barriers they are facing and assist people into jobs. To get involved or find out more please contact Keeley at keeley@future-path.co.uk or on 07507 235300.

Future Path Grahame Park Delivery Team

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. We can help you with looking for a job, thinking of a career change or looking for training opportunities. For more please e-mail SEI@genesisha.org.uk.

We are also offering the following free job clubs:

  • Wednesdays (10am - 12pm) - One Stop Shop

  • Wednesdays (2pm - 4pm)  -  Community Centre (4, The Concourse, London NW9 5XB)

Able, Capable & Employed (ACE)
ACE offers one to one support and advice to Barnet residents to prepare them for suitable jobs. With this 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 please download the 'CCT activities for residents in Spring/Summer 2018' document (on the right hand side), 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

Walking Group

The CCT have introduced a new walking group initiative to get the community more fit and active. This will be occurring every Friday (10-11am) from the 'One Stop Shop'. It is open to all ages and fitness levels. To find out more, call 020 8200 3014.

CCT Staff and Volunteers

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.

We have many positions available covering a range of skills. This includes receptionists, well-being champions, event helpers, IT support and publicity support.

Currently we are looking for residents who would like to help with the Grahame Park Festival on the 7th July.  If you think you can give something back to your community and gain some valuable experience in you CV please visit the One Stop Shop on the concourse of Grahame Park or contact Jan on 0208 200 3014 or email brennan.cct@gmail.com

I enjoy my role. It is very rewarding, especially for me as I love helping people
Maureen Edwards, CCT Volunteer
CCT Volunteers

Children and Young People

We now have a range of youth activities in the Grahame Park Community Centre:

  • Multi –sport.
  • Street Dance.
  • Easter Holidays Activities.

Health and Well-Being Programme

The Grahame Park Health & Well-being Project trains 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 residents. They also host a community get together, every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm at the Grahame Park Community Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Others include:

Yoga – Tuesdays 10am to 11am at the Grahame Park Community Centre.

Tai Chi – Fridays 2.30pm to 3.30pm at the Grahame Park Community Centre.

Female Only Fitness Session (all ages) – Fridays 7.15pm to 8.15pm, Grahame Park Community Centre.

Walking Group – Every Friday from 10.00 - 11.00 am

Meeting place: outside the One Stop Shop, 4 - 5 The Concourse, Grahame Park.

FREE PEDOMETER FOR THE FIRST 30 PEOPLE TAKING PART

· A chance to make friends while getting fit.

· The walks are gentle and suitable for all ages & levels of fitness.

· The route will vary from week to week and may include a cafe stop if members wish.

· Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

· In the event of bad weather, call 020 8200 3014 to check if the walk will take place.

LETS WALK AND TALK

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

Yoga Classes

Grahame Park Community Centre

The Trust took over management of the Community Centre last year and with the aim of increasing activities for local people. The centre is available for hire for residents for parties and celebrations for only £50 per hour. If you would like to know more, please call 0208 200 3014 or call into the One Stop Shop.

GP Community Centre

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.

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

Watch the 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.