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Social Issues

How can we improve NHS services for Enfield residents?

21 February 2024

Enfield's NHS 'watchdog' invites us to its annual conference next month. Its priority is improving access to GP appointments - but can it really do anything about this?

This Valentine's Day, learn about the Ten Green Flags of Love

14 February 2024

Solace, a leading charity dedicated to supporting women and girls experiencing domestic abuse and/or sexual violence, is marking Valentine's Day by launching a campaign called Ten Green Flags of Love, aimed at inspiring people to celebrate the true essence of love.

Survey reveals the shocking hostile environment facing women cyclists in London

17 January 2024

A new survey has revealed the shocking level of abuse and aggression shown towards women cyclists in London by other road users. The group that commissioned it, London Cycling Campaign, say this is a prime reason why, compared to men, so few women use this inexpensive and environmentally friendly method of transport.

Your chance to be a Champion!

16 January 2024

On Wednesday 31st January two wonderful north London charities will be recruiting volunteers to help fight hunger. Cooking Champions are seeking people for a whole range of specialisms, while The Little Things are looking for home cooks.

'The most heartbreaking stories of my career': Reporting on homelessness in Enfield

05 January 2024

In the last week of December 2023 James Cracknell, editor of Enfield Dispatch, posted a Twitter thread drawing together and commenting on 15 news reports on the personal impact of homelessness in the borough. It's a powerful plea to take action and also a powerful demonstration of the value of truly independent local newspapers.

A flavour of the Palmers Green community hub discussions

17 December 2023

While we await the full report on the discussions that took place at Palmers Green's first community hub, held last month, Francis Sealey from Enfield Climate Action Forum (EnCAF) has released several short YouTube videos that give a flavour of what the afternoon was all about.

London rough sleeping charter launched

13 December 2023

A new charter has been launched by Sadiq Khan aimed at ending rough sleeping across the capital. In Enfield and Haringey the charity All People All Places' winter 2023 homelessness campaign focusses on the impact of evictions, using billboards and social media.

Helping in the face of a hurricane of homelessness

06 December 2023

Ahead of the launch of its 2023 winter campaign, George Dunstall from the charity All People All Places outlines the reasons for the rapid increase in homelessness in Enfield and Haringey and asks the community to be generous in helping it support those most in need in the two boroughs.

Charity appeal: Safe This Christmas

29 November 2023

Eastenders actor Milly Zero plays the main role in a video made by the domestic violence charity Solace to launch its Safe This Christmas fundraising campaign.

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Setting people's imaginations alight: Palmers Green's first community hub

29 November 2023

The Palmers Green Community Hub was held on 28th November and attracted around 120 different organisations and individual attendees. Francis Sealey celebrates a successful afternoon.

Help Anne fill Bags of Love this Christmas

24 November 2023

Every year Anne Nicholls organises collection of toiletries to add to food bags handed out at Christmas by local food bank charities and refuges. This year, could you help with some everyday toiletries, and perhaps a little luxury to donate to someone in need for Christmas?

Cooking Champions: 'The need for food doesn't stop, neither do we'

21 November 2023

A call for help from local charity Cooking Champions in their latest video: 'We are heading into a challenging winter, demand for our services is continuing to increase'.

What issues concern PG residents most?

09 November 2023

In the run-up to the first Palmers Green local community hub, Enfield Climate Action Forum has published a list of the issues that most concern people. The full timetable for the hub has now been published, along with details of the discussion leaders and the topics.

Helping shape Enfield Council's new serious violence duty strategy

04 October 2023

Enfield Council is seeking input from residents and businesses to help develop its Serious Violence Duty Strategy for the period 2024-25.

Help save the Cooking Champions weekly community meals

13 September 2023

The wonderful charity Cooking Champions have launched a crowdfunder to enable them to continue to run their community meals every Thursday - a weekly event that is about much more than just providing food.

Mayoral recognition for food charity founder

27 July 2023

The Mayor of London has written to Clare Donovan, a local resident and founder of Cooking Champions, thanking her for the 'amazing' work done by her and by the charity's staff and volunteers.

Palmers Green's Ark comes to the rescue

23 July 2023

The Vicar of St John's outlines the many activities that take place on board the Ark, her church's response to widespread hunger and other social crises that afflict Palmers Green and the whole of the country.

When nearly 3 million emergency food parcels are needed, it's time to Guarantee our Essentials

26 April 2023

We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but hundreds of thousands of people here in the UK are going without the essentials we all need to get by. The Trussel Trust, which runs foodbanks, is asking everyone to take action by contacting their MP.

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'No child should go hungry': Emergency holidays food provision scheme announced

29 March 2023

Following the announcement earlier this year that primary school children in London will receive free school meals, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in partnership with the Mayor's Fund for London and the Felix Project, will be helping with emergency food provision during the school holidays.

All-time-high demand prompts an appeal by Cooking Champions

21 March 2023

In the face of unprecedented demand, Cooking Champions have introduced new procedures for their food bank and are appealing for more volunteers and donations.

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