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Space2Grow#29 – Small Grants for Smaller Organisations 2023 – Award Summary 

We are pleased to confirm £79,120 worth of either full or part funding to 22 Young Barnet Foundation members delivering projects that target children, young people and/or families whose needs are greatest and support YBF’s Vision and Mission and supports the John Lyon’s Charity’s long-term response to the COVID-19 pandemic for Small Charities and Social Enterprises. 

Project ImpACT - £4,000 

Provision of meaningful volunteering opportunities for teenage volunteers in years 9 & 10, extending an existing pilot project with the ambition to create a community youth kitchen. Events will take place fortnightly after school.  

Center of Excellence - £3,735 

Provision of Intergenerational Family Workshops with the aim of boosting the wellbeing and outcomes for children and young people from the Somali community in the Grahame Park area by increasing intergenerational connections and strengthening families’ connections to statutory services. Taking place on a monthly basis over 6 months.  

Community Network Group - £4,000 

Provision of multisports activities for migrant children (in particular the Farsi speaking community) in North Finchley over 12 Saturday mornings.  

Mentor Wise - £4,000 

Delivery of group mentoring sessions for approximately 150 mentees at KS4 & KS5 school level from Global Majority and other disadvantaged backgrounds (including refugees with a particular focus on those from Turkey). Services will be provided on a Saturday for 20 weeks, will use both indoor and outdoor facilities to carry out team building and life skills activities, will look at topics such as mental health, employability, integration into society as well as seeking to recruit and train mentors who have similar lived experience.  

ADDISS - £4,000 

Delivery of a school based parenting support programme for children with a ADHD diagnosis, extending our existing 1 2 3 Magic programme to two new schools, Deansbrook and The Hyde Schools. The programme takes place over 10 weeks, including 4 weeks within the home environment.  

African Cultural Association - £4,000 

Provision of Arts and Crafts after school activities for two hours per week at Colindale Library. At the end of the project, the produced work will be exhibited in local schools and at the associations stalls at Borough wide events.  

African Refugee Community (ARC) - £4,000 

Provision of an employability service to young French speaking migrants in Barnet, where we already work closely with BOOST. The funding will enable us to work with around 30 Young People on our on our waiting list, who are struggling to adapt mentally and emotionally and who are finding it hard to get into employment following the COVID-19 outbreak.  

The Bull Theatre - £3,840 

 Provision of a series of free / pay what you can after school workshops over 18 weeks aiming at developing new skills for local young people. Initially these will be in Hip Hop Theatre, Film Making & Musical Theatre.  

Our Yard Ltd - £4,000 

Provision of a series of gardening and outdoor learning opportunities using a mix of structured and unstructured drop in sessions. The aim is to make the sessions accessible to as wide a group of young people and their parents and carers as possible.  

Barnet Lone Parent Centre - £4,000 

Provision of funding to extend provision of the Finchley Community Toy Library including employment of a Volunteer Lead who will attend one play session a week to support volunteers in situ as well as individual mentoring of volunteers, as well as the creation of a digital Volunteer Handbook to help facilitate the onboarding of future volunteers.  

Social Knowbility - £2,000 

Provision of funding to deliver workshops for secondary school students to help them understand what is on offer, how they can access the right skills, resources and mindset to enable to succeed, feel inspired, motivated and feeling like they are equipped with the right practical tools to achieve their potential. Topics covered will included exploring future goals, carving the right path for yourself, as well as confidence building and skill development.  

The BYT Project - £3,930 

The I Shine Arts Hub was launched at the end of September 2022, giving low income children access to Art & Drama classes at an affordable cost to families. The project will be led by the Dance Troop Flawless, who are professional dance teachers and hold multiple classes at different venues in north London and Hertfordshire. Initially the dance program will target low-income children in the juniors, years 3 to 6 and offer places up to 60 children. A term will run for 11 weeks and classes will be held in the Orion’s dance studio 


SweetTree Farming For All CIC - £3,810 

Young people have been great at opening up conversations about mental health. Many talk openly on social media about personal struggles. They've moved society forward, reduced the stigma surrounding mental health and made it a public issue. 

This new initiative, co-produced by SweetTree Farming For All and 4YoungMinds, is designed to support this conversation and explore further what well-being means to young people today especially in the aftermath of the extraordinary trauma created by a global pandemic. The sessions are designed to explore healthy coping mechanisms and to engage the young participants in the design of future 

project development. 

Our aim is to encourage young people to enjoy outdoor spaces and activities in a meaningful and active way, by facilitating change in their environment and themselves and by developing a personal toolbox of resources to be made use of at any time as a response to increasing stress and anxiety. 

The sessions will be delivered on our beautiful 14 acre care farm in NW7. 


The London Horseplay Centre - £3,000 

Our project will take place at our centre in Barnet, known as The London Horseplay Centre. 

The funding will allow us to offer 10 CYP the opportunity to continue with their 'equine therapy' over the Autumn/Winter months, with sessions tailored to their needs. these sessions will be a refresher of the skills they have learnt on their previous course with us. 

Sessions will be lead on a 1 to 1 basis with a qualified facilitator along with our specially trained horses. 


Barnet Churches Action - £3,700 

Free catch up Maths tuition for Years 5-7, funding to add a second session to existing provision.  

LiFT CIC - £3,962 

Footy Funatics is a fun pilot community-based football project that will be delivered over 12 weeks on Saturdays between June and October at Watling Park Primary School. 

This will be for children and young people aged 4-11 that are deemed to be disadvantaged and/or in receipt of free school meals. 

The project will be aimed at those residing in Watling Park (HA8) and surrounding areas due to the high levels of deprivation, low-income families and to address the lack of outdoor physical activity available. 

RCCT CIC - £3,300 

Provision of traditional dance classes to the Romanian community in Barnet.  

Persian Advice Bureau - £4,000 

The Project will permit young female asylum seekers to travel to the N.N.L.S. one day a week for 36 weeks and allow them to cook a culturally appropriate meal of their desire which they have not been able to cook or eat for months, whilst confined to a room in an entire board hotel.  

The N.N.L.S. have offered access to their kitchen weekly for this Project to be carried out. The funding will cover the purchase of ingredients and travel costs for the asylum seekers. PAB will not be asking for any contributions towards the performance of this Project.  

Skills Exchange Project - £4,000 

The project will consist of two workshops one in Coding and the other in ESOL. The Coding workshop is where the young people will learn how to write simple programs using the coding language python. It will be taught by a qualified tutor with 15 yrs industry experience. The other will be ESOL workshops that will provide participants with a beginner level course that will make them more confident and able to face the jobmarket. Duration of the project will be 24 weeks.  

The Maze Project CIC - £3,490 

The “Learn and Lead” project targets children aged 5-11 from families who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, are impacted negatively by the cost-of-living crisis, have additional educational needs, are from disadvantaged backgrounds (children in care, foster1 -  children, fleeing domestic abuse and refugees) and who are at risk of being excluded. 

“Learn and Lead” will provide free 1:1 and small group educational and social-emotional support intervention sessions to children who have been negatively impacted by the covid-19 and post covid-19 pandemic as well as the cost of living crisis. This pilot project will take place at Coppets Wood and Wessex Gardens schools.  

Big Beat Playground - £3,353 

Big Beat Playground is a Family Friendly, Dance Music, Outdoor Mini Festival. 

We are encouraging children and young people to enjoy outside space and activities by keeping the whole event in the great outdoors. 

It will be an affordable event, community focussed, bringing together Barnet’s families,  performers, creatives and warm-hearted volunteers. 

We want to raise a child’s cultural capital, expose them to arts and culture, inspire them, perhaps ignite a future career path and increase the community benefit. 

The outdoor stage will host all the big fun and excitement, DJs, music, effects and dancing (vertical foggers, confetti cannons, inflatables, parachute dance).

Surrounding areas will offer further activities, focussing on a little something for everyone. This will include: 

  • Soft play for the very small (soft shapes, ball pool, scuttle bugs) 

  • Creative stations for little ones (art and crafts, face painting, festival glitter, henna, nail bar).  

  • Natural creations, return to nature (willow weaving, clay finger pots, wooden decorations), 

  • Chill Out Space, relax and be soothed (head massage, chai tea, cushions, throws) 

  • A woodland hangout for bigger boys and girls (giant wooden games; connect 4, jenga and hoop-la, retro gaming stations, hula hoops, limbo) 

  • And plenty of delicious things to eat and drink. 


7th Barnet Brownies - £1,000 

Provision of funding to enable the continuation and expansion of an existing uniformed organisation, including costs towards an annual camp.  

Key Information about Space2Grow#29

Key information: 

Application open date: Monday 30th January 2023 

Closing Date: 23:59, Wednesday 1st March 2023 

Applicants Informed: by week commencing 27th March 2023

Amount Available:  £79,320

Total Amount any one award:  £4,000.


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Space2Grow #29 is funded by John Lyon's Charity as part of their 6 year commitment of an additional £22 million into Children and Young People's activity in their beneficial area post  Covid.  

Space2Grow, Space2Grow Childrens and Young People's Fund and Logo are branding of Young Barnet Foundation and relate to the small grant funding rounds distributed by Young Barnet Foundation on behalf of the charity and our partners. 

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