18 October 2017 | Volunteering | Back to Blog

Barnet – the volunteering borough

Not so long ago, we shared the exciting news that we’ll be housing people in Barnet soon. We have been informed that timings for the West Hendon estate are slower than we’d originally expected. Properties will be available next autumn rather than this month. However, the good news is that we have collected keys for some properties in the Dollis Valley estate near High Barnet. We need to undertake checks and refurbishment works before we can invite you to viewings.

In the meantime, we’ve started talking to some great volunteering organisations in the borough of Barnet. As you know, volunteering is a key part of being a Dot Dot Dot guardian. We’re particularly excited about the prospect of spending five years in a large volume of properties as it will allow us to generate significant social impact in the area. Our guardians will also maintain a sense of community, creating stability and providing reassurance for longer-term residents.

We’re delighted that volunteering is already supported well in Barnet. There are two organisations, in particular, which make it easy to find volunteering opportunities which suit you. Volunteering Barnet and JVN both offer comprehensive listings of volunteering opportunities in and around Barnet.

These opportunities stood out to us so we thought we’d save you the hunt if you’re wanting to get some volunteering done ASAP!

Mentors for supported volunteering – If you’ve already done a bit of volunteering, this could be ideal. Support others at the beginning of their volunteering journey.

Activity Centre Volunteer – Support the work that Age UK in Barnet do by volunteering at their centre and welcoming any older people who turn up to use the service.

Gardener Allotmenteer in Whetstone – There is a community plot in Whetstone that engages local people in gardening to improve mental health & well being. They need more gardening support and you could get some of your own grown fruit & veg!

Webmaster for Barnet Scouts – The Barnet Scouts group needs help setting up their webpage and social media sites. If you have those skills, this could be a great chance to volunteer supporting work done with children in the area.

Don’t worry if you aren’t looking for opportunities now. We will always make sure our housed guardians have up-to-date information regarding volunteering. We’re really pleased that there are resources out there to make the whole volunteering process a lot less daunting for all of our guardians.

Apply here if you want to become a guardian with us!