Charities and Volunteering

The first project for which money is being raised by the new North Mid Charity is the revamp of a 'secret garden' for young patients at the hospital.

The Feed Enfield Summer Food Project launches this week. Run by the Love Your Doorstep Consortium, with support from the Enfield Town Schools' Partnership, the project will provide 1600 nutritious meals a week, distributed from six hubs. More volunteers are sought to work at the hubs and to move food from the kitchen at the Millfield Theatre to the hubs.

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Starting on 24th July free food will be available from St John's Parish Centre on Fridays. St Monica's Catholic Church continues to distribute free food on Monday afternoons.

Age UK Enfield have launched a Veteran Support Project, a new service which supports anyone who has served in the Armed Forces or National Service and their families.

Citizens Advice Enfield's two rather smart charity shops in Palmers Green are back - both in Green Lanes, one on the corner of Park Avenue, the other just south of the North Circ. However, for CAB Enfield's volunteer advisors the lockdown has not meant a break in their work - if anything, the reverse. In the first month they helped 675 clients, moving from face-to-face to assistance over the phone. Nationally, Citizens Advice has helped 380,000 clients with their problems over the past three months.

News from Alison Gordon at Age UK Enfield: We've developed a wide range of free online activities via zoom to support Health & Wellbeing. Our aim is offer online activities until we can safely meet together in public in small groups, but also to reach new people who may not be confident to return to groups as they slowly redevelop and want to remain indoors.

Over the last three months the food-focussed social enterprise that Palmers Green resident Clare Donovan runs - on top of her job teaching maths in a secondary school - has expanded beyond recognition and now fulfils a vital role in feeding people who would otherwise go hungry - more than 11,000 hot meals so far! This weekend Clare is offering you a unique chance to cook your own gourmet meal while supporting the invaluable work of Cooking Champions.

Politicians don't always like being photographed at their front door, but here's one politician who's more than happy and is looking very relaxed to boot. Enfield Southgate MP Bambos Charalambous is seen here posing outside his home for local photographer Jenny Smith, who's raising money for a domestic violence charity, Refuge, by taking (socially distanced) photos of people standing at their front door, in return for a donation.

LYDS Coronavirus Help are looking for additional volunteers to deliver food parcels.