Live Unlimited celebrates National Cupcake Week!

Barnet Council staff marked National Cupcake Week by showing off their baking skills to rival #GBBO contestants this week.

By 2pm all the delicious delectables were sold out and we had made a very respectable £150 in donations.

The cake bake was also a great opportunity for us to spread the word about the great work we are doing and let people know about different ways they can donate. 

To learn more about how you can play a part in helping Barnet’s looked after children and care leavers reach their potential, please visit our Donate pages

 

 

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Live Unlimited Waitrose Whetstone Community Matters

Live Unlimited selected by Waitrose Community Matters

If you shop at Waitrose then head on down to the local Whetstone branch during August and play your part in supporting Live Unlimited.

Each month Waitrose donates £1,000 to be shared between three good causes as part of its Community Matters scheme, and we’re delighted that Live Unlimited has been selected as one!

All you need to do is request a green token after each shop and drop it in the box (in the Live Unlimited section obviously!) The more tokens we get, the bigger the donation we receive.

Why we love #SmallCharitiesWeek

Here at Live Unlimited we’re all about providing opportunities for Barnet’s looked after children to thrive and we think #SmallCharitiesWeek (18-23 June) gives us a golden opportunity for us to shout about the work we do!

Since launching in February, Live Unlimited has been helping young people follow their dreams by funding their chosen project, buying a special item or piece of equipment through the Imagination Trust. The first of our schemes, the Imagination Trust provides individual small grants designed to enable Barnet’s looked after children and care leavers to explore their passions and interests.  Some examples of what we’ve funded include:

  • Buying a school leaver a suit so he can look smart for apprenticeship interviews
  • Paying for three months gym membership at a combat academy so a young care leaver can fulfil his fitness ambition
  • Buying a video camera for an aspiring vlogger to talk about his experiences in care
  • Paying for flights to Spain so a young care leaver can walk the Camino Santiago trail
  • Buying a camera lens for a photography student to help her to complete her course
  • Paying for Italian summer school for a languages student to boost her employability skills

Ben*, 19, applied for a video camera to help him keep a daily vlog of his life. He says: “I’m really pleased to have my own camera which means I can share my experiences in care with others. Receiving the grant has increased my morale and kept me more active than I was before. The Imagination Trust means a lot, thank you for getting me this camera, I deeply appreciate what you have done for me.”

John Hooton, Chair of Trustees for Live Unlimited, said: “I’m really excited to see the variety of applications we’ve received do far for the Imagination Trust. It just goes to show the drive and ambition of our young people and I am looking forward to seeing more applications coming through.”

To find out more about Live Unlimited and how you can donate, please visit www.liveunlimited.org.uk

 * Name changed to protect identity

 

Live Unlimited chosen as Mayoral charity

Live Unlimited has been selected as one of the new Mayor of Barnet’s charities during his municipal year in office.

Councillor Thompstone was sworn in as Mayor of Barnet at Barnet Council’s Annual council meeting on 22nd May.

Councillor Thompstone chaired Barnet Council’s Children Education Libraries and Safeguarding Committee for four years before becoming Mayor.

He said: “I am delighted to be able to nominate Live Unlimited as a Mayoral charity for the ensuing municipal year. My roles as the Lead Member for Children in Barnet, and the Chairman of the Corporate Parenting Advisory Panel for five years have illustrated the need to give our children with care experiences the best opportunities and I am determined to support Live Unlimited in pursuing the best outcomes for these children and young people.”

John Hooton, Chairman of Trustees for Live Unlimited, said: “I am delighted the Mayor has selected Live Unlimited as one of his two chosen charities to fundraise for during his municipal year.

“I am really looking forward to working with him and together raise much needed funds to help our looked after children and care leavers follow their dreams and aspirations.” 

The Barnet Group makes £10k donation to support Live Unlimited

Live Unlimited is delighted to announce The Barnet Group has provided a £10,000 funding boost towards the charity.

The Barnet Group is parent company to Barnet Homes, a social housing organisation, and Your Choice Barnet, a social care organisation for adults with learning and physical disabilities. It pledged the financial support following the successful launch of Live Unlimited in February.

Live Unlimited is a registered charity set up by Barnet Council based on the vision of providing equal opportunities, support and inspiration to all of Barnet’s 334 looked after children and 221 care leavers.

The charity will complement the extensive services and support the council provides to every looked after child, and will fund the sort of additional activities which families might provide for their children outside of school hours such as music or sport lessons, trips and expeditions.

Chief Executive of The Barnet Group Tim Mulvenna said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Live Unlimited and the essential work they will be doing with young people in our community”.

Barnet Council Chief Executive and Chair of Trustees, John Hooton, said: “I am delighted The Barnet Group has made this generous donation which will help make sure each child who spends time in our care has the same life chances as everyone else.

“We’re looking to work with other companies and organisations who would like to come onboard as founding partners as well as to offer work experience and make donations.

“Like other charities, people are able to donate money and organise their own fundraising events in support of Live Unlimited.”

If you would like to know more or get involved please email info@liveunlimited.org.uk or visit www.liveunlimited.org.uk

Live Unlimited’s Launch Party 

Barnet has become the first local authority in London to launch its own charity to help looked after children fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

On 16 February Barnet officially launched ‘Live Unlimited’, a registered charity based on the vision of providing all looked after children and care leavers with the opportunities, support and inspiration to fulfil their potential and follow their dreams.

As part of the charity, Barnet has established the ‘Imagination Trust’.

This charitable trust will allow looked after children or care leavers to apply for individual small grants for activities such as football or ballet lessons, theatre trips and out-of-school activities that support them in fulfilling their own unique hopes and dreams.

The charity will complement the extensive services and support the council provides to every looked after child, and will fund the sort of additional activities which families might provide for their children outside of school hours.

Some of the many aspirations highlighted by some of our looked after children, include dreams of sporting and music careers, of becoming a professional dance teacher, electrical engineer, of joining the police, becoming a foster carer, opening their own nursery, and mastering musical instruments.

The charity aims to help the 326 looked after children and 216 care leavers in Barnet. While many children thrive in their new environment, statistically children in care tend to have poorer life chances and outcomes than other children living with their birth families.

The charity has three main themes:

  • Encouraging looked after children and care leavers to follow their passions and explore their interests
  • Help equip looked after children and care leavers with the life skills they need to fulfil their dreams
  • Inspiring all looked after children and care leavers to succeed beyond their imagination

Like other charities, people are able to donate money and organise their own fundraising events in support of Live Unlimited.

GRAHAM Construction, who made a significant donation to help kick start the Imagination Trust and Saracens who hosted the launch and are leading on the ‘On Your Marks’ a sports and fun day, were thanked for their support.

Charity trustee Brett Service, who was a Barnet looked after child himself and now works in Barnet Council’s children’s service as an apprentice, said: “It is a privilege to be part of a charity that works to inspire Barnet’s care experienced young people. As a Barnet care leaver myself I understand the positive impact the work of Live Unlimited will have on the young people who access the services offered by the charity.”

Barnet Council Chief Executive and Chair of Trustees, John Hooton, said: “Improving outcomes for our looked after children and care leavers is incredibly important to us. While many children in care thrive, we know, statistically, they can in some cases have poorer life chances and outcomes.

“Live Unlimited is a really important way of helping to make sure each child who spends time in our care has the same life chances as everyone else.”

Councillor Reuben Thompstone, Chairman of Barnet Council’s Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee, said: “Live Unlimited is a fantastic new initiative. I’m delighted that it will open up a whole range of opportunities for our looked after children which complement the services and support we provide. Whether it is making a donation, or organising a fundraising event, I would like to encourage people to get involved and lend their support to Live Unlimited.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so online by visiting liveunlimited.org.uk

Anyone wishing to get involved in a fundraising event can email live.unlimited@barnet.gov.uk