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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

DABD – Advice

DABD’s comprehensive Advice & Support including welfare benefits service. We seek to help people understand their benefit entitlements and ensure that the money coming in to their households is maximised.

We offer free, confidential advice in the following areas for Barking & Dagenham residents:

  • DABDLOGOIncome maximisation – looking at your financial situation including all income and out-goings
  •  Benefits checks – are you claiming what you are entitled to?
  •  Advocacy – helping you have your voice heard and your views considered, this could be by writing letters or making phone calls on your behalf
  •  Help with filling in forms
  • Better-off’ calculations – looking at the benefits of moving into work
  • Help with letter writing and advocacy
  • Support and advice on challenging decisions with regards to your benefits

We offer appointments at our branches and home visits as well as an on –line advisor service through our website www.dabd.org.uk

  • Welfare Benefits Team

  • DABD Welfare Benefits
    51 Ripple Road
    Barking
    IG11 7NT

  • 020 8252 5340

  • welfarebenefits@dabd.org.uk

  • 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday

DABD – support for older people

DABDLOGO

Our Golden Years programme provides support for people 60 and over who live in Barking & Dagenham, particularly those who are socially isolated, supporting them to make a difference to their lives.

Golden Years promotes health, well-being and independence as well as supporting clients to share their skills and participate in their community through volunteering opportunities.

We have a number of groups running at various venues throughout the week including social clubs and sewing groups. Please contact us for an up-to-date list.

 

 

  • Golden Years team

  • 42-48 Parsloes Avenue,
    Dagenham

    RM9 5NU

  • 020 8215 9630

  • goldenyears@dabd.org.uk

  • Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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

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