Welcome to the Centre for Positive Ageing


Friend In Need is a small charity based in East Barnet that has been serving the local community for over 35 years.  It provides a safe, warm and welcoming environment to adults of different age groups – enabling them to socialise, exercise and enjoy different activities. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, FIN has had to close many of the services that it runs, since the majority of its service users are over the age of 70 and are having to self-isolate.  FIN continues to be a reliable helper of the community and is currently operating a COVID-19 Community Response Team to cater for the escalating needs of older and vulnerable people.

Friend In Need has become a “friend whom is in need of help itself”. The financial difficulties caused by years of funding cuts and now a loss of income due to regular activities being closed means that FIN is facing bleak times.  It is with this in mind that FIN’s Community Challenge has been launched.  FIN is looking for your help to enable it to continue providing its greatly valued services and support.


Please support us to keep our vital services running. Click the paypal donate button or the Just Giving button above.

Thank you so much for your kind donation



FIN has been around since 1982. Find out more about us here.

About Us


We have a wealth of services to help the elderly, disabled and their carers

Our Services


COVID-19 & mental health | A word from Lewis Hamilton:

"I have days when I wake up and feel groggy, I don't feel motivated to work out.  I feel, 'Jeez, where are we going?  What's next?  Should I continue racing?

"I think all these different things, and then I'm like 'Damn it!', and the next hour, or whatever, it passes, and I'm like 'Damn!  I love what I do!  Why would I ever consider not continuing?

"Mentally it's really about ultimately feeling good about yourself.  It's about finding a way to make sure you love yourself," added Hamilton, speaking ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week.

"You have to really be able to love yourself and be comfortable on your own."

Click here for the full interview

Short prayer:

Heavenly Father, we pray for this nation [and the world] that it may come through this crisis without too much trauma. We ask for your wisdom and knowledge for those working to find a cure, protection for those delivering care to the sick and those serving the community in myriad ways – the few for the many.

 Please let people see you working in ways that will re-establish community in its wider sense.

 We ask these things in Jesus’ name.


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