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 2164 - 020 3288 2180

  • bardagvb@hotmail.co.uk

  • 09:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday

Barking & Dagenham Arthritis Support Group

As one of Arthritis Care’s local groups, we want to bring people together to share our experiences of living with arthritis.

The group meets from time to time and if you would like to talk with others who may understand the issues you are facing, then do contact Amanda on the number below.

  • Amanda Gibbard

  • Dagenham Fire Station
    Rainham Road North

    RM10 7ES

  • 07506 445305 (Please leave a message if voicemail)

  • badarthritis@outlook.com

  • See dates of support group meetings above.

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. Programmes may vary in the school holidays.

  

 

 

  • 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

Excel Women’s Centre

Barking & Dagenham Somali Women’s Association delivers a range of services at their Excel Women’s Centre. They are a locally based health, well being, training and employability organisation committed to providing support to women and their families in Barking & Dagenham (and surrounding boroughs).

Promoting independence community cohesion and integration to the wider society they offer;

  • Women’s Wellness Café
  • Coffee morning
  • ESOL and IT Classes
  • Parents and Carers Support group
  • Job Club for women
  • HuG Club for women
  • Health & Wellness Workshops
  • Online learning for women
  • Youth activities / mentoring
  • Online learning
  • Homework club
  • Art and Craft session
  • Sewing Sisters Club every Friday 10 am -1 pm for women ONLY.

They are also a Resident Focus Point for residents of Barking & Dagenham.

The centre has 10 local volunteers  who between them speak 7 community languages. More on their website

  • Zahra Ibrahim

  • 13 London Road,
    Barking,
    Essex,
    IG11 8AA.

  • 02085943730

  • Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Future M.O.L.D.S Communities

We work with young people and their families to develop their own unique progression routes and continue to support them throughout their journey as long as required.

We tailor our services in such a way that is benefical to the unique invidiual and wider community.  We week to identify personal and social barriers, exploring and developing strategies to overcome them.  We support young people from the ages of 13 – 21 years and offer some services for adults also.

Our activities include;

1-2-1 Drop In services

  • Mentor Me 16 yrs + – Drop In 1-2-1 service
  • Job Club 16+
  • Sofa Surfers 16+

Active Families

1 hour of netball + 1 hour boxing Thursday 5.15-7.15 @ Ripple Centre (10yrs-110yrs)

We also run The Good Youth Forum bi-monthly (13 years +) and The Women’s Partnership (a consortium of community groups).

Diverse Communities – LGBT Support services & activities contact Nicole@futuremc.org.uk for more information

 

 

  • Sarah Robertson

  • Starting Point
    16 Pickering Road
    Barking
    IG11 8PG

  • 0203 288 2228

  • 07958 956417

  • admin@futuremc.org.uk

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 5pm
    Wednesdays 12pm - 8pm

Growing Communities Dagenham Farm

Growing Communities Dagenham Farm is a working organic farm in the heart of Dagenham. We grow fresh veg including tomatoes, cucumbers, salad leaves and strawberries (in season).

We encourage local residents to come to the farm to find out more about food growing – to learn new skills, brush up old ones and meet other local residents – you can also buy fresh produce.

You can drop into our Open Farm Sunday sessions any Sunday from May to November between 11am and 3pm to buy fresh produce or to try your hand at food growing. You can also come along to our Wednesday volunteer sessions from 10am-3pm. We ask new volunteers to come along at 11am sharp on a Wednesday for an induction and intro to the farm. There are a variety of tasks and also a delicious free volunteer lunch every Wednesday.

We have a range of tasks available suitable for all abilities and levels of fitness.  We accept volunteers of any age –however any volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Adult volunteers must be capable of working unsupervised for periods of time.

As well as selling produce at the farm on Sundays between May and November – we also run a farm produce stall at Dagenham East station on Thursday evenings 5pm-7pm (starting from 7th June). 

  • Kerry Rankine

  • Dagenham Farm, Luke Allsopp Square
    Central Park Nursery
    Rainham Road North
    RM10 7EJ

  • 020 8592 3130

  • Dagenhamfarm@growingcommunities.org

  • Wednesday 10am - 3pm
    Sunday (May - November) 11am - 3pm

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.

The centre is open 9:30 – 15:30

There is a daily charge for activities.

Training & programmes include:

  • Gardening
  • Preparation for work training
  • Get out – Get Active programme
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Cookery
  • Grow – horticultural and woodworking programme
  • ICT
  • Out and About
  • My Style and Me
  • TOP-s Textile Recycling
  • Useful Skills programme
  • Adult learning disabilities
  • Charity shop

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

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

 

  • Jackie Golds

  • Osborne Centre
    Osborne Square
    Dagenham
    RM9 5AU

  • 0208 592 5742

  • Office hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7.30am - 4.00pm

    Opening hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 3.30pm

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 through one on one coaching.

 

  • 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

Studio 3 Arts’ mission is to make art available to everyone. We encourage people to explore art forms they know and enjoy and empower them to try new arts activities. 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.

For full information on our activities, exhibitions, workshops and family days check out our website studio3arts.org.uk,  pop in to our centre on Boundary Road for a cuppa and a chat, email us at hello@studio3arts.org.uk or check the Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Any staff can offer help

  • 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, adults and the community.

Activities for children and families include youth club and support for parents.

Activities for adults ages 18-25 with autism includes social activities.

Sycamore Trust can also offer Autism Awareness training, advocacy and additional support for families, Some services may be chargable.

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.

On Wednesdays we have a lesbian and bisexual woman’s drop-in 2-4pm

We have play therapy for boys up to 11 and girls up to 13, but there is a waiting list for this service.

Getting there

Activities change regularly so it is best to contact the centre directly by calling or phoning (see details below) or by dropping in 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 or 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 10am to 4.30 pm
    Wednesday and Thursday by appointment only, the hours are extended to 7pm.

The Source Drop In

The Source is a charity run by Barking Churches Unite.  We are a drop in centre in Vicarage Fields Shopping Centre at Unit 37a on the first floor opposite the post office. 

We currently offer a buffet style lunch for those who are homeless or in need.  We operate a ticketing system and tickets are available from 11am on the day.  Lunch sessions are 11.50-12.30, 12.30-1.15 and 1.15 to 2.00.Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

We also offer advice, help and support, a postal address, referrals to foodbank and night shelter.  These sessions are NOT offered during lunch time.

Arts and crafts sessions 2-4pm Fridays. Open to anyone. All welcome for a chat whilst doing some activities.

We have a drop in DWP Outreach Worker every Wednesday 11-2.  He is there for those who are homeless and need support with their benefits. No appointment necessary.

 

 

 

  • Anyone there can help you

  • 1st Floor, Vicarage Fields
    Barking

  • 020 8594 2404

  • thesourcebcu@gmail.com

  • We are open: 11-3 Monday, Tuesday and Friday. 11-2 on Wednesday and 12-3 on Saturday.

    We are closed on a Thursday except for appointments and specific special sessions.

    All the above times and sessions are subject to change.

Triangoals

We provide activities that benefit children and young people (ages 3yrs – 16+) in the Riverside area of Barking. 

This includes; school holiday programmes, mixed gender football, intergenerational fitness, sports, karate, roller skating and ballet.

We also provide mentoring & nutrition support.

Please call us on the number below to find out where activities are taking place.

 

  • Fatuma or Jeorgina

  • 16 Pickering Road
    Barking
    Essex
    IG11 8PG

  • Call Fatuma on 07903502425

  • Jeorgina on 07793 024041

  • triangoals@live.co.uk

  • Mondays 6pm - 8pm
    Wednesdays 3.45pm - 8pm
    Fridays 3.45pm - 6pm
    Saturdays 10am - 2pm

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 an over 50s Exercise & social group at Fanshawe Community Centre on Wednesdays from 4.30pm – 6pm.

Massage services for wellbeing improvement but also for injury treatment.

Please note we also take personal budget recipients 

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 - 5.30pm Monday to Sunday