Nafsiyat Reflective Sessions

Nafsiyat Reflective Sessions by London Borough of Barnet

While 2020 has been a momentous year for many reasons, the death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter movement has been seen by many as a turning point that has encouraged people to speak out, call out discrimination when they see it, and fight for a more equal and just society. Here in Barnet, the council has also made a series of commitments to ensure equalities and diversity are at the forefront of our decision making, for residents and for staff.

And we know that so many of you have a lot that you want to say, and share with colleagues. That’s why we have begun a new partnership with Nafsiyat, an organisation established in 1983 to ensure that the diverse religious, cultural and ethnic communities in London could access culturally appropriate psychotherapy and counselling services. It was the first therapy centre in the country to take account of the cultural background of the patient and therapist and recognise its importance.

So we are introducing, from next week, a series of ‘reflective sessions’. These will be group sessions for up to 10 people. Their aim is to allow staff to reflect, particularly on the Black Lives Matter movement and how it may have affected them, but also more widely on the society in which we live and discrimination that they may have faced. The sessions are open to staff from any ethnic, cultural or religious background and should be considered a ‘safe and confidential space’ to talk about anything.

Book your place on one of the session times below here. All sessions will be run on Zoom:

Monday 7th December 12:30-13:45

Friday 11th December 11:00-12:15

Friday 22nd January 11:00-12:15

Monday 25th January 12:30-13:45

Friday 19th February 11:00-12:15

Monday 22nd February 12:30-13:45

To book a session please click on the below link

Look after yourself this festive season

The lead up to Christmas and New Year can be challenging for us in so many ways and this year, perhaps more than ever. Sometimes we can all benefit from a bit of support to help look after ourselves so the festive season can be an enjoyable time.

Able Futures can give you advice, support and practical assistance at no cost and with no waiting lists.

So there is no cost to you, access support quickly and it is totally confidential…’s a no brainer, cope a bit better this festive season, get in touch with Able Futures.

Call Able Futures on 0800 321 3137

Able Futures has developed a Mental Health Advent Calendar including a daily tip you can use to help your mental wellbeing this festive season. To find out more click the below link.


You are not worthless, you are just worth less! It must be the Barnet Group!


The Barnet Group Board at a meeting on Monday the 23rd of November have awarded a 2% pay rise for workers in the Barnet Group who do not have Barnet Homes contracts or are on Minimum Wage or the London Living Wage.

This is less than the 2.75% pay rise awarded to Barnet Homes contracted staff or any other staff that work for Barnet Council.

If you are a frontline Care worker on Minimum Wage or the London Living Wage working for Barnet Group on behalf of Barnet Council – you will receive nothing 0%.

You got applause


The Barnet Group and Barnet Council pride themselves on being organisations that put Fairness and Equality First, at least that’s what we tell the Public we serve – so what about Barnet Group staff who are working through Lockdown providing essential services to the Public on behalf of Barnet Council?

Are some staff and the work they do worth less than others?


Ballot Paper- have you got it?

Have you received your ballot for UNISON’s General Secretary Election?

If not please phone the helpline: 0800 0 857 857

This helpline is open until 20th November only – please do not wait until the last minute.

In order to be sure your ballot paper reaches the deadline to be counted please post no later than 24th November.

Better still: VOTE NOW!

Barnet UNISON has nominated Paul Holmes to be General Secretary.

Find out why here:

All Members Zoom Meeting

Please join us at our all members UNISON zoom meeting. This will be an opportunity for you to give us any updates on your situation and to hear of any Council or service wide developments we are aware of.

Are there any (other) issues you think we should be taking up?

Compare your situation with those working in other settings or for other employers.

Time: Nov 11, 2020 06:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 832 6439 6764

Passcode: 028108

Waste and Recycling Zoom meeting

Please join us at our Waste and Recycling UNISON zoom meeting. This will be an opportunity for you to give us any updates on your situation and to hear of any Council or service wide developments we are aware of.

Are there any (other) issues you think we should be taking up?

Monday 9th November 


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 847 9057 9618

Passcode: 875752

Able Futures – Awareness of Stress

Awareness of stress, and the many different affects that it can have on us, is important for us all. Our work, health problems, finances, family and relationships may all play on our minds, but sometimes these stressful things can affect our mood, our body and our relationships and we can find ourselves struggling to cope.


If stress is affecting how you feel, some personalised advice, information and guidance from Able Futures could help you learn to cope better with stress, and help you access support from other experts.


Find out more about how Able Futures can help you deal with stress


Able Futures has shared these top tips for some simple things we can try to do if we are feeling stressed:


  • The next time you notice you are feeling bad because of stress, pause and take a few deep breaths. It helps.


  • To help you cope with stress on a longer-term basis you might want to try relaxation techniques, time management tools or learn ways of thinking about things you do not have much control over.


  • Learning to recognise symptoms of stress – clenched teeth, headaches, low mood, an upset stomach or insomnia could all indicate stress is affecting you – and understand what causes you to feel stressed can mean you can identify opportunities to break the cycle of mental and physical responses and help you cope better.



Call Able Futures on
0800 321 3137


Able Futures delivers the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service

on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions and is led by Ingeus UK.


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