2021 Campaign Wrap Up
A massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our 2021 Christmas Gift Campaign!
Thanks to the generosity of the Barnet community's residents, schools, businesses and organisations, we have distributed 1,991 wrapped gifts to disadvantaged children and young people in our borough via our members and partners.
We are so grateful for all the support, the kind donations, and the help we received from so many volunteers who gave up their evenings and afternoons to help us wrap hundreds of presents! It's a fantastic demonstration of what can be achieved when the whole community comes together.
So on behalf of everyone at Young Barnet Foundation, our members and partners, and the hundreds of local children & young people you helped deliver a smile to this Christmas, thank you for your support and we wish you a very happy holidays!
ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS GIFT CAMPAIGN
Everyone deserves to feel special at Christmas and what better way than to receive a present? Yet we know many children and young people in Barnet are currently living in poverty with the pandemic only increasing the challenges and pressures placed on struggling families.
Young Barnet Foundation members support the most disadvantaged children and young people living in our borough including refugee children and young people and those in care.
Since launching our annual Christmas Gift Campaign in 2018, we have distributed 5,351 gifts to children and young people living in the borough via local charities, social enterprises, and community/faith groups.
If you are a resident, business or organisation living in Barnet and are in a position to help, please consider supporting our Christmas Gift campaign and help us deliver a smile to hundreds of local children and young people this Christmas!
Here are the different ways you can help:
MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION
Young Barnet Foundation will use any money contributed to bulk buy presents at a discounted rate, ensuring more gifts can be distributed and making your money go further.
GIVE A GIFT
You can send toys, games, and books to the following address:
Young Barnet Foundation, Old East Barnet Library, 85 Brookhill Road, Barnet EN4 8SG.
Although the preference is for new items to be donated, we also accept pre-used gifts provided they are in good condition.
Need inspiration? Check out our Amazon Wishlist for some ideas and suggestions.
Shop with Amazon?
Did you know you can raise money for Young Barnet Foundation if you shop with Amazon at no extra cost?
Sign up to Amazon Smile and select Young Barnet Foundation as your preferred charity. We will receive a small percentage of your Amazon purchases at no additional cost to yourself. All funds raised through Amazon Smile go towards the Space2Grow Children & Young People's Fund.
We had been requesting volunteers to help wrap but thanks to an fantastic response from the residents of Barnet we are no longer looking for volunteers this year.
SPREAD THE WORD!
Tell your friends and family and share our campaign on social media!
Organising a collection among your colleagues/neighbours or at your school? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
Download our supporter pack containing posters, flyers and social media banners.
Special thanks to Barnet-based business Carrier Bag Shop for their help and support!
***Please note all presents are distributed via Young Barnet Foundation members to their beneficiaries and we are unable to facilitate requests from individuals. A list of all of our members can be found here***
Thanks to the extreme generosity of residents and businesses across Barnet we are thrilled to be able to announce that in total 1,991 wrapped gifts and 292 activity packs were distributed via 31 Barnet based organisations.
There are so many people that need to be thanked, starting with all residents who kindly donated gifts or money to allow us to purchase gifts and the 46 amazing wrappers who donated 186 hours wrapping gifts.
"Thank you so much for these wonderful gifts. Christmas is such a tough time of year for the bereaved families we support but these presents have put a big smile on children's faces. We can't thank you enough." Rob McCluskey, Family Programmes Manager
Thanks have to also go to Linkey for running the Amazon list and publicising the campaign, to all the other organsiations and residents who shared the campaign across social media, including Vicky Pattison and Rachel Riley. To Christchurch Primary School in Hampstead for 180 shoeboxes full of gifts, to Hasbro for 250 donated gifts, to Rodgers Removals and all the other kind people who donated boxes so we could pack them the gifts for transport. To Morrisons Colindale who after last Christmas donated wrapping paper meaning we didn't have to purchase any, to the incredible In Kind Direct who continue to work with big name suppliers so charities like ours can get great quality products at a fraction of the retail price. Thank you Barnet Council for the Community Hub and Foodbank space at the Old East Barnet Library which gave us the space to coordinate the campaign.
31 groups that have benefited from all the kind generosity and been able to support the most vulnerable in our Borough are;
Living Way Ministries
Barnet Lone Parent Centre
Barnet Community Projects
Barnet Carers Centre
Edgware Sea Cadets
Looked After Children in Care
Barnet Refugee Service
Kick Action Academy
Persian Advice Bureau
Hope North London
Resources for Autism
Pro Touch SA
Community Network Group
The Hyde School
Barnet Early Help Centre (East Central)
Holly Park School
Early Help Team
Newstead Children's Centre
Parkfield Primary School
0-19 Early Help Hub
Burnt Oak Womens Group
"I'm really excited by this gift, it's such a lovely surprise. I like making jewellery and wearing headbands so now I can make lots! Thank you."
2019 CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN
Number of Gifts in 2019
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO DONATED GIFTS OR VOLUNTEERED TO WRAP PRESENTS
Young Barnet Foundation staff were again humbled by the generosity of the community in Barnet at Christmas. Gifts, financial donations and support to wrap presents pored in and again many of the boroughs most vulnerable children and young people received gifts .
2018 CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN
Number of Gifts in 2018
Value of Gifts in 2018
We were overwhelmed by the response to our Secret Santa Toy Drive in 2018, helping children to have the opportunity to open a present at Christmas. Partnering with local accountants Kajaine, 605 gifts with a retail value of over £12,900 have been donated to disadvantaged children and young people in the borough.
Barnet FC First Team were also been on hand to help, with their supporters donating presents at one of the matches pre christmas.
All these wonderful presents were distributed via Young Barnet Foundation members who support our most vulnerable Children & Young People across the Borough, including:
Love Burnt Oak / The Real Junk Food Project
Zone 7 Youth Club Organisation
Colindale Community Trust, Youth Club
Hope North London
Barnet Community Projects, Lunch Club
Children in Care in Barnet
Resources for Autism, Youth Club
Barnet Lone Parent Centre
Barnet Refugee Service
A huge thank you to everyone for your kind contributions and for getting involved in our campaign. It's was a huge success, that we will be making this an annual event. What better way to share the love at Christmas.