Young Barnet Foundation

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Established in early 2016, The Young Barnet Foundation is one of the three founding Young People’s Foundations.

Since being established, the Young Barnet Foundation (YBF), has become registered as a charity (no. 1164713) and now has a membership of over 100 organisations.

As its first priority, the YBF has chosen to concentrate on building capacity within the borough and strengthening links between the voluntary sector and corporate sector. As such the membership is diverse allowing everyone to be a part of the YBF journey.

Types of Membership

Young Barnet Foundation has three types of membership:

Main Membership 
is open to voluntary and community groups (including faith and sports groups) working with children, young people and families in Barnet.

Community Partners are stakeholders that wish to support the Young Barnet Foundation, its aims, mission and values. These could be larger VCS organisations, outside the membership criteria, statutory service partners (Local Authority, Police, Health etc) or larger not for profit organisations (eg. housing associations) but also businesses, funders, members of our strategic development group or Grant Funding Panel.

Friends of the Young Barnet Foundation membership has been designed to communicate with individuals who are interested in the work that the YBF does, the work of its members and are keen to add their support, where they can, to enable the YBF to deliver against its mission.

The Team

Janet Matthewson – CEO
Peter Williamson – Operations Manager
Sara Conway – Partnership Manager
Emma Harte – Communications
Development Manager – Currently Recruiting

Edward Thompson – Chair of Trustees
Gareth Price – Trustee
Katy Dawe – Trustee
Steve Neale – Trustee

Small Grants Funding

The Young Barnet Foundation has now launched its first Space2Grow Children & Young People Fund, worth £50,000.  The main purpose of the fund is to support local voluntary and community groups, who are members of the Young Barnet Foundation and are working with children and young people (and their families).  Grants should help these organisations develop, deliver and expand activities and services for children and young people in the London Borough of Barnet.

The fund is now closed, but we will keep you up to date of any future rounds.

Through fundraising events, collaboration with local partners and funders the Young Barnet Foundation hopes to increase the amount of funding available under the Space2Grow fund to enhance its voluntary community sector delivery across the borough.  YBF is looking forward to upcoming fundraising events including a team of five runners at the North London Half Marathon, a netball tournament and lots more.

Are there any other current projects taking place at the YBF?

As well as offering Small Grant funding, the YBF is working to build opportunities for children and young people through collaboration with local partners and funders.  For example, the YBF worked with Mousetrap Theatre Projects to enable children and young people the chance to experience theatre for the first time.


Most recently the YBF worked in partnership with Barnet Council to improve and authorise spending for Sportivate funding worth £15,000 to its members.  Delivery of successful projects will be taking place throughout March and April 2017.


This promotional film about the Young Barnet Foundation was made as part of John Lyon’s Charity Volunteer Films initiative in partnership with Media Trust.

Contact Details

Phone: 020 3621 6090
Twitter: @Young_Barnet
Address: Young Barnet Foundation, 102 Watling Avenue, Burnt Oak, Edgware, HA8 0LN