Category: Charities

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Barnet Furniture Centre

BFCLogoIf you’re planning to refurnish a room the right piece might just be there waiting for you at the Barnet Furniture Centre. This valuable local asset is at the top of Colney Hatch Lane in Friern Barnet (4 Queens Parade Close, N11 3FY – tel 020 8361 6802) and should be much better known.

BFC is a Reuse and Recycling charity (No 1140541) set up in 2011 under what’s called the Third Party Reuse/Recycling Initiative. Last year it recycled just over 100 tons (c £200,000 in sales) of good quality donated furniture and household goods that would otherwise have been thrown away into landfill. That’s the contents of around 200 three-bedroom houses. This year the total will approach around 250.

Stock’s constantly changing - you can see latest arrivals on weekly videos and photos at BFC can also arrange to collect your unwanted furniture of good standard. Because they are generally very busy they do ask that you supply pictures of unwanted items for appraisal.

Two-tier prices help those on benefits. In addition, BFC has helped many volunteers who have come under local Help-to-Work schemes back into employment. Out of around 40 since 2011, just over half have ended up working for BFC or gone to other jobs. So it has a valuable dual role in the community.

Really worth a visit. Readers of Palmers Green Community can claim 20% discount on their first purchase by quoting RECYCLE123.

Open 9am-5pm except Sunday and Bank Holidays.

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CancerLIFE Project

The main focus for CancerLIFE project work is to promote cancer awareness. We have worked with many local community groups to provide basic information about the main types of cancer and availability of screening.

Carers & Parents in Enfield - CAPE

Carers and Parents in Enfield (CAPE) is a group of carers, parents and relatives of adults over 18 years with learning disabilities living in Enfield . CAPE offers support, friendship, advice, information, representation and campaigning.

Address: CAPE c/o Enfield Disability Action, Community House, 311 Fore Street , Edmonton N9 0PZ 
Phone: 020 8373 6345
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Citizens Advice Enfield

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Citizens Advice Enfield is a charity that offers free, accessible,quality advice to anyone who lives in Enfield. We can help with all kinds of problems whether they are housing, employment, benefits, debts or immigration issues for example.

Aims & Principles

The Citizens Advice service provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination

Our Service aims:

  • To provide the advice people need for the problem they face
  • To improve the policies and practices that effect people’s lives


We have been providing advice in the London Borough of Enfield since 2nd September 1939. We started in tiny offices in Fore Street Edmonton, staffed by a handful of volunteers. Today, most of the people you will meet at our current offices in Ponders End are still volunteers, but they are supported by a small team of paid staff.

Crossroads Care Lea Valley

crossroads care lea valleyCrossroads Care schemes are a network of 76 local independent charities providing support to carers and the people they care for, often through the provision of flexible breaks.

Services are provided through a network of local providers across England and Wales, each offering our core service where a trained carer support worker comes into the home to take over the caring responsibilities.

The aim is to provide support that is consistent and reliable and build long and trusted relationships.

Each local provider is an independent charity which may provide additional services according to funding and demand at a local level.

All local Crossroads Care organisations provide care in the home to enable carers to take a break. The needs of both the carer and the person they care for are assessed and regularly reviewed to ensure the service is tailored to the needs of them both. Other services typically available include:

  • Group support for carers and the people they care for.
  • Young Carers groups.
  • Social activities for both carers and the people they care for (together and individually).
  • Special dementia projects.

Crossroads Care Lea Valley covers the London boroughs of Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

Enfield Asian Welfare Association


Our Mission Statement is 'To Support, Care For, Empower and Improve the Quality of Life of Older (Asian) people and their families'

Enfield Association for the Blind

The Enfield Association for the Blind (part of the Middlesex Association for the Blind) is a registered charity working locally to provide support to blind, partially sighted and deaf/blind people throughout the Borough of Enfield. Our staff and trained volunteers work together to provide a range of high quality services, information, advice and training, all aimed at assisting the visually impaired to lead independent lives.

The Association offers the following services in Enfield

  • Home Visiting Service
  • Computer Training Braille Training (Currently available at our Stanmore office) Visual Awareness Training
  • Resource Centre
  • MidSight Hospital Information points The Enfield Association for the Blind works in partnership with the eye clinic at North Middlesex Hospital to provide invaluable information and support to patients at the point of diagnosis of their eye condition.
  • Free Radios Wireless for the blind radios distributed by our volunteers


The Middlesex Association for the Blind is very grateful to, and heavily reliant upon, its core of over 300 trained volunteers who regularly give their time to helping people with sight loss. However, we still have many more people in need of our services, particularly the Home Visiting Service and the MidSight Hospital Information Points. Our Volunteer Recruitment Campaign aims to encourage active volunteering within the local community.

Enfield Carers Centre

enfieldcarers-ctEnfield Carers Centre is a local charity offering support and advice for all unpaid carers in the borough of Enfield. A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without help. This could be caring for a partner, relative or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. 1 in 8 adults are carers.  We offer social activities, opportunities to meet with other local carers, relaxation sessions for some 'me time' and practical advice and information.

Enfield Caribbean Association

enfield caribbean associationEnfield Caribbean Association (ECA) established in 1986,  aims  through engagements with the London Borough of Enfield and other relevant statutory and voluntary bodies, to create an inclusive, fair and equal Enfield community, in which people of Caribbean origin can develop their full potential as visible, positive  participants and contributors.

The association aims to advance the interests of Caribbean people in the areas of education, health, employment, social welfare and wellbeing by providing facilities and an environment that contributes to improving the life chances of people through promotion of events, activities and developing links with other like minded groups, individuals and organisations.

ECA Luncheon club at takes place at Trinity at Bowes Church each Friday at 1.00pm.  It provides a Caribbean lunch, socialisation and exercise. Combined with this, at the end of each month there is a visiting speaker with a focus on health and other related matters. The speakers are influential, are experts in their field and offer information and advice.

Enfield Disability Action

EDA Logo Grey on White Disc SmallEnfield Disability Action (EDA) is a pan-impairment organisation run by and for disabled people of all ages. EDA works to, and promotes, a social model of disability.

As an umbrella organisation for local disability groups, EDA shares training, policy development and best-practice guidance to facilitate the development of this section of the local third sector.

EDA works strategically with Voluntary and Statutory partners, provides input to local planning and consultative mechanisms, conducts research, enables project development, sources funding, provides a core organisational infrastructure, facilitates quality-assured practices and hosts the following services:

  • Advocacy & Community Forum Project – for groups and individuals
  • CancerLIFE – also offers Cancer Awareness and Healthy Living sessions
  • Challenging Abuse and Tackling Hate Crime
  • Deaf Project – working with Deaf people who use British Sign Language, and with deafened and hard of hearing people who do not use sign language, including those who have caring responsibilities
  • Udirect- formerly known as Direct Payments Support Service
  • Disability Information & Advice Project
  • Enfield Advice Plus Partnership Project
  • Independent Living Project - including Enfield Wheelchair Users Forum & Self Directed Assessment

Enfield Local Involvement Network


A Local Involvement Network (LINk) is an independent network of local people, organisations and groups established by law to work together to:

  • Encourage and support more local people to get involved in shaping local health and care services by: helping to decide what services should be commissioned, helping to influence the way they are run;
  • Actively seek to find out the views of people from every part of the local community on their experience of local health and care services, especially of those who may not often get their point of view across;
  • Provide the local community with a way to monitor and review local health and care services and hold commissioners and providers to account;
  • Tell those who commission, run and scrutinise local health and care services what local people have recommended to help improve services.

Enfield Lodgings

depaulWhat is Enfield Lodgings?

Enfield Council have comissioned Depaul UK, Britain's biggest youth homelessness charity, to recruit and train households within Enfield to provide lodgings for vulnerable young people in the borough.

This is a radical and effective response to the lack of affordable safe housing in Enfield for young people who are not yet confident to live completely independently. We ask local people who have room in their lives and homes to take in a young lodger so that their first experience of living without support is within the home of a friendly household who they can call upon when they need a listening ear or someone to pass on a favorite recipe.

Enfield council decided to do this because they know that young people who cannot afford to live alone would rather live with someone who has applied to help through a charity and undergone a police check than with a stranger who's number they found on the internet.

Who is Enfield Lodgings for?

Lodgers are aged 16-25, they can stay for 6 months to 2 years, and households receive £82 per week in rent.

Although this scheme is new to Enfield, Depaul UK have been supporting households who in turn support young people for over 10 years. One host who has had three young people live with her in the past 6 years says: "Providing Lodgings is so much more rewarding than having an empty bedroom gathering dust, I am now the proud godmother of one ex lodger's little girl, and I recently attended the graduation of another".

Interested in becoming a host?

Help a young person in need and receive £82 a week in rent

Enfield Mencap

mencapEnfield Mencap provides a variety of services for adults during the day (Monday to Friday) and young people in transition from children’s to adult services in the early evenings.

Weekend Respite Services currently only available on Saturdays is a special project funded through the London Borough of Enfield Carers’ Grant to provide up a day of respite for up to 15 families each week.

New volunteers are always welcome and at the moment we are looking for people willing to offer any of the following skills:

  • All things IT related from from simple office programmes to photo and music editing
  • Music, dance and drama, playing an instrument or leading a singalong with the karaoke machine. We plan to have a Zumba team at the Town show in 2012 and even put in an entry for the Zumbathon
  • Cooking – both to help service users with their independent living skills or to bake something special for our open days
  • Crafts, art and modelling – still very popular with our service users young and old
  • Gardeners to help in our sensory and vegetable gardens
  • Walks leaders with an interest in natural history or local history to help lead trips in the spring and summer
  • Befrienders and buddies (18-25), mentors, escorts and support workers – we have a range of openings to suit almost everyone

Enfield Voluntary Action

evaEVA provides a wide range of services for voluntary sector organisations and for individual volunteers, including training courses,  advice on setting up, running and developing voluntary groups and a detailed list of volunteering opportunities in the borough.

EVA's Volunteer Centre helps individuals find volunteering tasks and prepare for them.

Every Parent & Child


Previously known as Enfield Parents & Children

Every Parent & Child (formerly Enfield Parents & Children) is a registered charity working for the benefit of children, young people and families in the London Borough of Enfield and surrounding areas. We offer services to children, young people and their families to support with advising on accessing educational provision for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, applying for school places, young people’s mental health and wellbeing and skills and confidence building.

Our Mission is to offer children in our community opportunities to learn, develop and thrive.


SENDIASS - Special Educational Needs & Disability, Information Advice & Support Service

"My Time" - Child Counselling Service and Volunteering Service

Contact details

Community House, 311 Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 0PZ

Contact: Isabella Di Natale

Telephone: 020 8373 6243


Hands On London


Hands On London, a registered charity with the Charity Commission, was founded in 2010.  We are the local affiliate of the global umbrella organisation, Hands on Network (HON), which is headquartered and registered in the United States. Hands on London (HOL) strives to be the first point of contact for individuals in London who want to be involved in community service. Using an international model of volunteerism that has been utilised successfully in over 250 locations in the US and 14 other countries, HOL acts as an intermediary between volunteers and charity/community groups.


  • To help charities, not-for-profits, and community organisations meet their volunteer needs.
  • To help individuals and organisations to give back to the community in a meaningful way.

To accomplish our mission, we partner with local charities/community groups to develop volunteer projects, then recruit, train and manage volunteers and the  projects. We organise a range of volunteer projects including activities with children, assisting in soup kitchens, helping to improve the environment, helping the elderly, helping people with disabilities and animal welfare projects.

Noah's Ark Children's Hospice

Noah's Ark is an expanding children's hospice service, seeking to serve an estimated 900 life-limited or life-threatened children or young people, and their families, living within the communities of Enfield, Barnet, Camden, Haringey and Islington.

Our aim is to support these families, often by working in partnership with other agencies, delivering flexible services that encompass the whole family - enabling them to live positive lives and face the future with hope, following the death of their child.  These services range from practical and emotional support, ultimately through to end-of-life and bereavement care.

Volunteer roles

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  • Family support volunteers
  • Event support volunteers
  • Home support volunteers
  • Fundraising & Event Volunteers
  • Noah's Ark Ambassadors
  • Administrative volunteers
  • Receptionist volunteers
  • Charity shop volunteers


North Enfield Foodbank

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North Enfield Foodbank is located at 2 Lumina Way, Enfield, EN1 1FS (off Lincoln Road).

How a foodbank works

Food is donated.  Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by foodbanks is donated.

'Supermarket Collections' are one of the main ways that food is donated: These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a 'foodbank shopping list' and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis.
Food is sorted and stored

Volunteers sort food to check that it's in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.

Frontline care professionals identify people in need. Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.

Clients receive food. Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.

Donations for North Enfield Foodbank are accepted every Saturday morning at Palmers Green United Reformed Church, Fox Lane.

North London Samaritans

samaritansNorth London Samaritans provides emotional support across north London boroughs, both inner city and suburban. Consequently, our range of callers and the problems they need to talk through covers the widest spectrum. EHB Samaritans never know who or what they are going to encounter when they answer the 'phone or open the front door to a visitor to the branch. Which is why our selection and training to become a Samaritan volunteer necessarily needs to be rigorous and thorough. However, while the work is very challenging at times, it is always rewarding.

Parkinson's UK Enfield Branch

We offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson's their families and carers.

We also organise regular events and social activities, such as drop-ins, bowls, pub lunches and outings. Join us - and meet other people affected by Parkinson's in your area.

Solace Women's Aid

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Solace Women’s Aid is an independent charity working across London, with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, providing life-saving support to more than 11,000 survivors of domestic and sexual violence a year. Solace Women’s Aid works to empower survivors to rebuild their lives through a holistic range of specialist services including refuges, advice, counselling, advocacy, support groups and family & children’s projects enabling them to live their lives independently, free from domestic and sexual abuse.

The charity recognises that breaking free from domestic violence or escaping sexual abuse is only the start. This is why they not only provide practical advice and a safe space to live, but also help women and children recover emotionally and build a future free from abuse.

It doesn’t happen overnight and takes courage and determination but, with Solace’s help women will continue to be able to develop the confidence and independence they need to rebuild their lives.

One Solace service users sums it up “Your bruises go away and your bones mend. But it’s the despair, being hopeless. It’s a very dark place to be. Solace has given me hope.”

Visit  to find out more about Solace Women’s Aid services in Enfield and see how you can get involved to make difference to the lives of women and children.

Solace Women’s Aid’s confidential helpline FREEPHONE: 0808 802 5565

Services provided by Solace Women's Aid

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The Advice team takes calls from women across London affected by domestic and sexual violence and provides immediate advice and short-term support on safety issues, housing options, financial concerns and child related issues.

Refuge Accommodation
Our refuges provide safe emergency accommodation for women and their children fleeing violence. Staff work with women to find permanent accommodation and provide support with their practical and emotional needs during this difficult time of transition.

Community based advocacy & support
Local Advocacy teams work with women, offering specialist advice and support specifically in relation to safety, housing, financial and welfare benefits, and available services for children.

Counselling and therapy
We offer one to one counselling sessions which provide a safe space for women to explore the impact of violence on their lives. Therapeutic groups and workshops enable women to meet peers, share experiences and begin to rebuild their self-esteem and confidence.

North London Rape Crisis
Our North London Rape Crisis service works with women and girls over the age of 13 who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any point in their lives. A dedicated emotional support helpline, specialist advocates, counsellors and group therapists provide practical and therapeutic support to help women heal from the trauma they have experienced.

Children and Young People
Our team deliver a range of services for families and young people living in the community including therapeutic support for mothers and children to explore their feelings and rebuild vital relationships.

Specialist services groups and programs
We provide specialist support including our Silver Project for women over 55, IRIS Project working with GPs and patients, the Sanctuary project to provide in-home security, WRAP (Women Resilience & Awareness Program) and our Irish Traveller Project.

Soroptimist International - Enfield & District


 Soroptimist International is a leading global women's voluntary organisation. It has close to 90,000 members in more than 3,000 Clubs in over 100 countries around the world and for the last 90 years has sought to raise awareness of issues facing women locally, nationally and globally.

At the core of all our work is Programme Action which consists of a number of projects locally, nationally and internationally.  This year the projects that the club is working on are:


We are fund raising to support our Birthing in Gambia (BIG) project which provides training and equipment to ensure that women facing complications in pregnancy and childbirth can access appropriate medical help.  This is being undertaken in partnership with Material and Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI), the government of Gambia, several UN agencies and local communities.

Within our Federation

Members are gathering information from a range of sources to support the Prison Reform Trust as part of their 3 year project.  The project is to reduce the short term imprisonment of women for minor crime and increase the provision of centres based in the community where women can be supported to address the issues that led them into crime.

Within our club members are

  1. Raising awareness and gathering signatures for the petition to support the Purple Teardrop Campaign to ban ‘sex for sale advertising’ as part of the overall Soroptimist campaign to combat violence against women.
  2. Collecting regularly for the local food bank.
  3. Spearheading a regional project which is raising funds to support the training of a nurse, currently working as a carer in a Respite Unit called Othandweni (place of love) in South Africa.  This unit provides care for people in the advanced stages of AIDS.

Stroke Rehab Dogs

stroke rehab dogsThe "Stroke and PAT" programme is a collaborative project between the national charity Pets As Therapy, founding Director Sallie Bollans​ and the Ruth Winston Centre​.

Having introduced Animal Assisted Interventions to the multi-disciplinary therapy programme within neurological rehabilitation at a local hospital in 2004, Sallie witnessed first hand the positive effects that occurred when stroke survivors were given the opportunity to interact with dogs during therapy sessions. Working alongside Pets As Therapy volunteer teams, regular visits were arranged for those patients wishing to participate, utilising the dog as a focus when working towards a range of rehab goals.

Frustrated by the limitations and restrictions that inevitably occur when working in a large organisation, but empowered by the testimonials of participating stroke survivors led to the vision, and consequent birth of the community based Stroke and PAT project.

Studio 306

studio306Studio 306 Collective CIC is a group of skilled Arts and Craft practitioners, who have come together to form an exciting Community Enterprise. At Studio 306, we specialize in designing hand-crafted, high quality Ceramics, Jewellery, Textiles, and Screen Printed products.

The aim of the studio is to empower disadvantaged local individuals. We offer a creative space for people who are recovering from mental illness, where they can rediscover forgotten skills, develop new ones and boost their confidence.

All of the designing and making happens in our lovely North London Studio, located on the 3rd floor of an old chocolate factory.

Studio 306 is a not-for-profit organization, so all of the pennies we make from the sale of goods go straight back into the collective.

All products are available direct from the Studio - Please email us for more details

Please watch our short film to hear all about what we do in our members' own words.


The Big Choir

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The Big Choir is a group of enthusiastic singers who fundraise for research into 200 different types of cancer.  We are singers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds and welcome anyone who just loves to sing.  We're not a choir for people who are affected by cancer, but sadly most of our members have been affected either personally or have lost loved ones.  That's why they are so happy to see their monthly subs going to such a worthy cause.  Our donation goes via Cancer Research to the scientists at, a new biochemical research facility for pioneering research into all cancers.  Apart from the fundraising, we have a very good time together, both during sessions and socially.  We really are one big happy family and we'll make you extremely welcome if you'd like to join us.

All our rehearsals are open to the public and to potential new members, so why not pay us a visit.

Choose between four locations for rehearsals:

  • East Finchley - Monday evenings
  • Enfield - Wednesday mornings
  • Winchmore Hill - Wednesday evenings
  • East Barnet - Thursday evenings

Get in touch if you'd like to come along.  

The Felix Project

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More than 10 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK each year. At the same time food poverty is a huge and growing problem, with 1 in 10 children in the UK living with parents who struggle to put food on the table. This means an estimated 870,000 children in England go to bed hungry because their parents are unable to provide the meals they need.

Free of charge, the Felix Project collects good quality food from suppliers. We check it’s fresh and then deliver it to charities so they can give vulnerable people a healthy meal or snack. Put simply, we’re saving food and changing lives.

We have warehouses in Enfield and Park Royal where we use daytime volunteers.  Evening volunteers work from a number of van and courier collection points in various parts of London.

The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre

nightingaleThe Nightingale was formed by a local group of concerned individuals who felt that more could be done to support people affected by cancer in Enfield. We aim to work together with existing local services to ensure that we provide comprehensive support. We are here to help patients, relatives, carers, friends or those who are affected by cancer. We hope to be able to provide you with help along the way.

The Shane Project

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The Shane Project is a charity for African/Caribbean and Ethnic Minority People living with MS, their families and carers. It was founded in April 2002 by Norma McFarlane, whose two sons were diagnosed with MS. It is named after her eldest son Shane who was diagnosed with Primary Progressive in 1993 but sadly passed away in December 2003. The lack of available support, which was further compounded by isolation, prejudice and stigmatisation that she and her family endured from the local community, prompted Norma to set up the Shane Project.