While we admire and support the Christmas campaigns that we see pop up in December, we also know that help is urgently needed all year round, each and every year. As some people pack away after the festive break, we are still here.
Our support is not limited to a food package, but it leaps beyond - we form connections, we listen and respond to everyone who steps through our doors. We open up a warm, safe, environment which aims to feel like a home away from home.
For us to continue to thrive and grow, and keep supporting as many people as possible, we are asking you to become a Friend of Cooking Champions. Even a donation of just £5-10 per month can make a HUGE impact on the lives of those who come through our doors.
Pop to our People's Fundraising page to donate, and we promise to keep you updated with how your support is making a difference. Thank you, we appreciate you! Team Cooking Champions
Francis Sealey, chair of Enfield Climate Action Forum, suggests that local 'community hubs' like those that he helped organise in 2022 and 2023 can help overcome some of the shortcomings in the way democracy works in the UK.
Action for Enfield's Future - a non-political consortium of Enfield-based residents and civil sector groups - are asking the borough's residents to write to their ward councillors requesting a special ward forum to discuss the draft Enfield Local Plan. In Winchmore Hill ward a meeting is already scheduled for Friday 19th January.
Last Thursday evening supporters of Enfield Dispatch gathered to celebrate the free community newspaper's fifth birthday. Since its launch, the Dispatch, in combination with the BBC-funded Local Democracy Reporting scheme, has utterly transformed news reporting in Enfield in terms of both quantity and quality, and has also provided an outlet for members of the community to see their words in print.
The final outcome of consultations about redrawing parliamentary boundaries will see most of the Palmers Green area becoming part of a new Southgate & Wood Green constituency, but some PG streets will move to a new Edmonton & Winchmore Hill constituency.
At the first Ward Forum for the reconfigured Palmers Green ward, held on 31st January at the Ruth Winston Centre, local residents were introduced to their two new councillors and raised a large number of issues of concern. But the meeting also agreed to look for positive ideas to improve PG.
Why did seven Labour councillors ignore strongly expressed professional advice about risks to life and other serious deficiencies and vote against a motion to refuse planning permission for a new tower block in Brimsdown? Some information that might provide a clue has been unearthed by the borough's independent community newspaper, Enfield Dispatch, and is revealed in the lead front-page story in its December issue, published yesterday.
Still looking for Christmas presents? Why not buy something that will benefit not just the recipient, but the whole community? Like a monthly subscription to our local community newspaper, Enfield Dispatch.