Saturday, 20 April 2013

The Saturday list special - What's best in Barnet - The Deputy Mayors recommendations

By Kate Salinger,

As Deputy Mayor, I have had the privilege of meeting people from all over the borough who volunteer for others with no thought of reward. I salute each and every one of them, knowing that their work is incredibly valuable to our large community, although often unsung. I will now sing loudly an aria on behalf of the volunteers of Barnet who work in shops, places of worship, schools, community halls, parks, oh, anywhere that people can meet. The following is a list of all the people and organisations I have visited who are, I think, staffed by VOLUNTEERS. I have also visited many wonderful organisations (Flower Lane Centre for Autism and Community Focus to name but two) where volunteers work but are managed by paid workers.
All the people who helped to organise street parties for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
East Barnet Valley Bowls Club
East Barnet Royal British Legion
Friern Barnet Royal British Legion
Barnet Multicultural Community Centre, West Hendon
Rainbow Centre, Dollis Valley
Diabetes UK, Barnet Branch
Barnet Multifaith Forum
East Barnet Festival (not held this year due to too much rain but AL:WAYS excellent)
120th Hendon Air Training Corps
Friends of Montclair(town twinning group)
Friends of Barnet Countryside Centre
Monday Youth Club, Martins School
Friern Barnet Summer Show
Mill Hill Garden and Allotment Society
Wright Community Development Trust
St John's Ambulance Brigade
Barnet Older People's Assembly
Friends of Morphou (town twinning)
East Finchley Arts Festival
Finchley Art Society
Lions Club International (Edgware Branch)
Cancer Research Shop (East Barnet)
Barnet Elderly Asians Group
Women's Interfaith Network
Finchley Rotary Club
How fortunate have I been to visit all these places and people? Answer.....extremely fortunate.I hope that everyone who might scan down this list and currently does not volunteer, might be prompted into thinking that they might.
All the best,
Cllr. Kate Salinger
If you have a list of things in Barnet that you think we should know about, let us know ! A fine choice by one of Barnets most popular councillors

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