Friend in Need

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Friend in Need (FiN) is a small charity providing support services for some of the most vulnerable people in Barnet, including older people and people with disabilities or those who struggle with their mental health.

Growing connections in the community

Jesse Tan has been coordinating FiN’s services during lockdown:

“Our volunteers are the most wonderful group of people who come from different backgrounds and abilities. Our volunteers with learning disabilities and mental health issues work alongside our very caring team, which builds their confidence and helps them grow connections within the community.

“The team has been helping people with shopping, collecting prescriptions, and ensuring everyone is safe in their homes. They also make phone calls to people who are isolated, giving them emotional support and the motivation to continue.”

An inclusive approach

David has learning disabilities and has been volunteering with FiN since 2007: “When the centre is open, I ride in the van and help take people there. I help prepare the meals and tidy up. Then I help take them home and make sure they’re at their door. It’s really boosted my confidence, the staff at FiN make me feel like a ‘normal’ person. Everyone’s been helping me practice how to interreact with people. During lockdown I’ve been matched with a lady who calls me every week. It’s so nice to hear someone’s voice from the outside.”

Find out more about Friend in Need.


Friend in Need (FiN) is a small charity providing support services for some of the most vulnerable people in Barnet, including older people and people with disabilities or those who struggle with their mental health.

Growing connections in the community

Jesse Tan has been coordinating FiN’s services during lockdown:

“Our volunteers are the most wonderful group of people who come from different backgrounds and abilities. Our volunteers with learning disabilities and mental health issues work alongside our very caring team, which builds their confidence and helps them grow connections within the community.

“The team has been helping people with shopping, collecting prescriptions, and ensuring everyone is safe in their homes. They also make phone calls to people who are isolated, giving them emotional support and the motivation to continue.”

An inclusive approach

David has learning disabilities and has been volunteering with FiN since 2007: “When the centre is open, I ride in the van and help take people there. I help prepare the meals and tidy up. Then I help take them home and make sure they’re at their door. It’s really boosted my confidence, the staff at FiN make me feel like a ‘normal’ person. Everyone’s been helping me practice how to interreact with people. During lockdown I’ve been matched with a lady who calls me every week. It’s so nice to hear someone’s voice from the outside.”

Find out more about Friend in Need.