Community Activities

B&D Volunteer Bureau

Barking & Dagenham Volunteer Bureau can provide volunteers who have been DBS checked to support vulnerable people with shopping, small DIY jobs (eg changing light bulbs, smoke alarm batteries, small repairs) and gardening.

We also have a group of qualified electricians, plumbers, TV engineers, builders and decorators who will complete minor jobs for free and will also tackle larger jobs for a very reasonable cost.  They are all DBS checked and must be booked through us.  Other services available from the Volunteer Bureau including;

  • Get Together groups, bringing older people together
  • volunteering opportunities.

Give Joan or Lynne a call on the number below to find out more.

  • Joan Brandon or Lynne Hopkins

  • Starting Point
    16 Pickering Road
    Barking
    IG11 8PG

  • 020 3288 2168

  • 020 3288 2160 - 020 3288 2164 - 020 3288 2180

  • bardagvb@hotmail.co.uk

  • 09:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday

Community Resources

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Community Resources provides a range of activities at the Hub including parent & children activities, English conversation classes, Family learning and personal development programmes.

We run lunch clubs on Tuesday and Wednesdays where people can enjoy a home cooked hot lunch for £1.50.  We also can provide vouchers for local Food Banks and provide a clothes bank for both adults and children.

We run a Community Café where anyone is  welcome – no need to book, just drop in.  Wednesday 13.00-14.30.  There is a small charge  (up to £2) for most workshops and there is limited crèche provision.

We have trained facilitators who offer couples and parents support including;

  • Prepare Enrich UK, a nationally known couples programme,
  • Getting Ready for Your Baby, a 4 week antenatal programme
  • Parenting courses and 1-2-1 support for parents

We also have a team of trained volunteers who can offer 1-2-1 support for people who are feeling vulnerable or isolated or who have mental health issues.

For full details of the programme please contact the team directly.

  

 

 

  • Susan or Julia

  • Castle Point
    163 Bennetts Castle Lane
    Dagenham
    RM8 3YJ

  • 020 8227 1927

  • susanhaward@communityresources.co.uk

  • Monday - Friday 09:00 - 15:00

DigiLab

DigiLab is a community based hub for creative coders and makers to meet, share skills and collaborate on projects.   It’s an exciting new initiative in Barking & Dagenham which is open to anyone over 8 years old.  

No previous knowledge is required, we provide children, young people and adults with the chance to explore new types of technology; electronics, coding, 3D printing and 3D design. 

You can just pop into the DigiLab (see opening times and address below) and the support workers will connect you into their resources.  There are also specific classes and workshops and you can find out more by contacting one of the team.

  • Seun Oshinaike (or speak to any of the team at the Hub)

  • Barking Learning Centre
    2 Town Square
    Barkign
    IG11 7NB

  • 07762 801640

  • digilab@brightersteppings.co.uk

  • Monday - Thursday 3pm - 6pm
    Sat 11am - 5pm

Harmony House

Harmony House is a local charity offering a range of support for residents of Barking & Dagenham.  Services include:

Employment Support

The Harmony House team can support unemployed people into work.  This includes; help with CV writing, interview skills and job searching.  In addition, people on the programme can access Level 2 Food Hygiene and/or Health & Safety qualifications free of charge.

To register for the programme you must be over 19 years old.  If under 25, you must have been unemployed for 6months and over 25 must be unemployed over 1 year.  All who register must be eligible to live & work in the UK and have a visa for over 3 years.

Help with DIY & Household Tasks

Harmony House offer the FREE ‘Handy Person’ scheme providing people who can carry out small jobs that will reduce hazards and so prevent falls for example, putting up a grab rail or handrails etc.   For details of how to apply see here.

In addition, ‘Job to Do’ programme offers support with gardening, cleaning & laundry.

Silver Surfers.

We host a computer class for older people on Friday mornings. Some tuition is available. The charge is £3 per session.

Social Days

We hold all day events, providing opportunities for members of the community to gather and celebrate. St. Patrick’s Day, St George’s Day, Mat Day and Christmas were celebrated in the last year. We have a talk, lunch and afternoon dances. These events are always popular so please ring ahead to book a place.

 

 

  • Harmony House
    Baden Powell Close
    Dagenham
    RM9 6XN

  • 0208 526 8200

  • enquiries@harmonyhousedagenham.org.uk

  • Monday - Friday 8am to 6pm

Osborne Partnership (learning disability specialists)

The Osborne Partnership offers a range of activities and training for adults (18+) with learning disabilities.   This includes work training, interest groups and social activities.

There is a small charge for activities.

Training & programmes include;

  • gardening
  • preparation for work training
  • healthy lifestyle programmes

There is also a drop in café every day between 09:30 – 14:00.

http://www.osbornepartnership.org/contact.php

 

  • Jackie Gold

  • Osborne Centre
    Osborne Square
    Dagenham
    RM9 5BE

  • 0208 592 5742

  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Positive Change Consultancy CIC

Empowering Pathways is a empowerment programme for women who want to learn new skills, become more confident and make new friends.

The programme is particularly relevant to women in recovery of drugs or alcohol abuse.

 

  • Chris Lane

  • 161 Goodmayes Lane
    Ilford

    IG3 9PW

  • 020 8590 7844

  • 0750 887 4771

  • chris@positivechangeconsultancy.com

  • Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London (RAMFEL)

Ramfel is a charity that supports vulnerable migrants to access justice and that provides vital support in moments of individual crisis.

We assist refugees and migrants with immigration, housing, destitution and some general legal advice.

For more information please see our contact details below.

  • All staff can help

  • Cardinal Heenan Centre
    326 High Road
    Ilford
    IG1 1QP

  • 020 8478 4513

  • info@ramfel.org.uk

  • Monday - Tuesday - Thursday 10am to 4pm


Studio 3 Arts

Our mission is to make art available to everyone. We encourage people to explore artforms they know and enjoy, and enable them to try new, untried ones. This process allows us to discover new, emerging artists and make art happen in unexpected places.  Our work is high quality, dynamic and cutting edge.

We offer a range of art/dance based activities for children,  young people and adults.  For updated information on our timetable please see our website www.studio3arts.org.uk or call us on the number below.

Our aim is to use creativity to build communities. By encouraging existing interest in arts, and offering new creative experiences, we hope to improve individual lives, reduce social exclusion, and help to build stronger communities.

Studio 3 Arts is a socially-engaged arts organisation delivering visual, digital and performing arts programmes, principally within North-East London and the surrounding areas. We specialise in engaging disadvantaged and hard to reach communities through shared arts collaboration, addressing current and emerging social issues in an inclusive and original way.

 

 

  • Any staff can offer help

  • Galleon Centre
    62 - 78 Boundary Road
    Barking
    IG11 7JR

  • 0208 594 7136

  • hello@studio3arts.org.uk

  • 09:30 - 17:30, Monday - Friday

Sycamore Trust (disabilities specialists)

The Sycamore Trust supports individuals and families affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders or Learning Difficulties.  Services are for children, families and adults

Activities for children and families include youth clubs, sports activities, befriending and support  for parents.

Activities for adults includes social activities.

Sycamore Trust can also offer advocacy and additional support for families for small charge.

For more information please see the website or call one of the team on the number below.

  • Anyone who answers the phone can help

  • 27-29 Woodward Road
    Dagenham

    RM9 4SJ

  • 020 8517 9317

  • enquiries@sycamoretrust.org.uk

  • Mon-Fri 9.00-4.30

The Huggett Centre (women only)

The nia Huggett Women’s Centre is run by women, for women and girls in East London, in partnership with DABD UK and Barking and Dagenham CVS

Open five days a week, the space offers a vibrant, accessible and welcoming environment for women and girls to be supported to build positive relationships, share their energy, and become empowered to face the multiple and complex disadvantages that they experience. In particular those relating to gender inequality, race, class, sexuality, disability, domestic abuse,  sexual violence and exploitation

What’s on

There are a range of activities including regular drop-ins, support groups, specialist advocacy, counselling, awareness raising, creative activism, learning sessions, and one off special events for all women and for girls aged 11 and above. Children are welcome to come along too. We have a small café and play area. All sessions are free.

Getting there

Activities change regularly so it is best to contact the centre directly by calling HWC@niaendingviolence.org.uk or phoning 0203 813 2955 or by dropping in to 321-329 Heathway, Dagenham, RM9 5AF on Tuesdays from 10am – 12 pm and Thursdays from 2pm – 4pm. The venue is five minutes away from Dagenham Heathway on the District Line, on the main road.

You can also follow us on twitter@niaWHC or find us on facebook

www.niaendingviolence.org.uk

There are lots of volunteering opportunities too. Come and join us. Get in touch. Get involved.

Funded by the Big Lottery

 

 

 

 

  • All staff can help you

  • Huggett Women’s Centre
    321-329 Heathway
    Dagenham
    RM9 5AF

  • 0203 813 2955

  • HWC@niaendingviolence.org.uk

  • Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 5pm

The Source Drop In

The Source is a Drop In centre in Vicarage Fields Shopping Centre.  The team there offers a listening ear and support for people who need someone to talk to or practical help.

Sometimes, you just need someone to talk to and The Source team can help you get the support you need.

  • Anyone there can help you

  • 1st Floor, Vicarage Fields
    Barking

  • 020 8594 2404

  • thesourcebcu@gmail.com

  • Mon - Fri 10.30am - 5pm
    Sat 12noon - 5pm

Warmer Homes Project

A partnership of Community & Voluntary Sector organisations including CVS and the local authority (LBBD) have come together to co-ordinate the Warmer Homes Project (WHP), which is being run again this year to deliver practical help to people in need. This additional help includes:

  • Provision of a Winter Bedding Pack, which will be targeted at the most vulnerable people,
    particularly the elderly and struggling families
  • Provision of a Food Parcel: including dried and tinned food and toiletries
  • Delivery of additional benefit entitlement checks

All support is subject to funding being available and people meeting the eligibility criteria*  Pension Credit 60+, Income Support, Income based Employment Support Allowance, Income based Job Seekers Allowance, Contribution based Employment Support Allowance, Contribution based Job Seekers Allowance / Disability Benefits (AA / DLA) / Universal Credit or if Fuel Poor: A household that spends more than 10% of its household income on fuel bills. Proof of benefits will be required in ALL instances.

If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough, then you can make a referral to StreetLink who can provide additional support.

 

 

  • Tom Williams

  • 121-125 The Ripple Centre
    Barking
    Essex
    IG11 7NF

  • (020) 8532 7327

  • info@bdcvs.org.uk

  • 09:00 - 17:00, Monday to Friday

Whole Body Therapy

Award winning Social Enterprise providing specialist falls prevention exercise , Seated exercise and specialist massage services to all but specializing in services for the disabled and older people. Mainly outreach service to peoples homes and care homes.

Falls prevention exercise for those at risk on a one to one or group basis– paid service.

We have a new over 50s Exercise & Community group at Fanshawe Community Centre starting on 31st May on Wednesdays from 4.30pm – 6pm.

Massage services for wellbeing improvement but also for injury treatment.

East London Solutions Quality Kite Mark Holder.

All workers DBS checked

  • Sarah Allman

  • 63 Rugby Road
    Dagenham

    RM9 4AJ

  • 07806205942

  • 07548960359

  • wholebodytherapy@hotmail.co.uk

  • 9am - 9pm Monday to Saturday
    9am - 6pm Sunday