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
    IG11 8PG

  • 020 3288 2168

  • 020 3288 2164 - 020 3288 2180


  • 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.

We meet once a month on a Friday from 2pm – 4pm. The dates for the next few months are:   10th November, 19th January, 16thFebruary , 16thMarch, 13th April, 11th May.

We meet at Dagenham Fire Station, 70 Rainham Road North, RM10 7ES (Served by Bus routes 5, 103, 128 & 150).  Open for anyone to come.

  • Amanda Gibbard

  • Dagenham Fire Station
    Rainham Road North

    RM10 7ES

  • 07506 445305 (Please leave a message if voicemail)


  • See dates of support group meetings above.

Community Resources

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
    RM8 3YJ

  • 020 8227 1927


  • Monday - Friday 09:00 - 15:00


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
    IG11 7NB

  • 07762 801640


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

Excel Women’s Centre

The Excel Women’s Centre (also Somali Women’s Association) is a locally based health, wellbeing, 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.  Services include;

  1. Advice Project
  2. Informal Learning Project
  3. IT and Vocational Training
  4. Work Club and Unemployment Program
  5. Lunch Club for older people
  6. Youth Project – funded by London borough of Barking and Dagenham through the youth opportunity fund
  7. Family Learning Programme – for parents & children who want to improve their English.
  8. Carers Support Group
  9. Activities for young people
  10. In addition to the above we also support to facilitate and run the Somali Women’s group, which is a User Led project to support women with mental health support needs.

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

  • Zahra Ibrahim

  • 13 London Road,
    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;

Boxfit at Barking Library

  • Boxfit ladies 18yrs + on Wednesdays 6pm – 7pm
  • Boxfit kids 13-18yrs on Wednesdays 4pm – 5pm

1-2-1 Drop In services

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

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

  • Sarah Robertson

  • Starting Point
    16 Pickering Road
    IG11 8PG

  • 0203 288 2228

  • 07958 956417


  • 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 August 3rd.

  • Kerry Rankine

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

  • 020 8592 3130


  • 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
    RM9 6XN

  • 0208 526 8200


  • Monday - Friday 8am to 6pm

Osbourne 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 small 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


  • Jackie Gold

  • Osborne Centre
    Osborne Square
    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

    IG3 9PW

  • 020 8590 7844

  • 0750 887 4771


  • 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
    IG1 1QP

  • 020 8478 4513


  • 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 art, music, and dance activities for children during the summer (21st of August – 1st of September) everyday from 12pm-5pm.

Poetry Night for young adults every second Thursday of the month.

For updated information on our timetable please see our website 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
    IG11 7JR

  • 0208 594 7136


  • 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 and support for parents.

Activities for adults ages 18-25 with autism 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

    RM9 4SJ

  • 020 8517 9317


  • 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 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

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
    RM9 5AF

  • 0203 813 2955


  • 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.

Pitstop – a buffet-style meal for those who are homeless or in need:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 12 – 2pm.

Bereavement Support Group Drop-In: last Saturday of the month – 4.30pm – 6.30pm.

Coffee Mornings – all welcome!  Fridays, term time only, 9.30 – 11.00am.

We can refer you to the Hope4BarkingDagenham (H4BD) nightshelter.

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

  • 020 8594 2404


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


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
    IG11 8PG

  • Call Fatuma on 07903502425

  • Jeorgina on 07793 024041


  • 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.

We also have an Falls Prevention programme for people (over 50) with mild cognitive impairment and their carers  in Barking.  Contact Sarah or Kim for information on venues (see number below).

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

    RM9 4AJ

  • 07806205942

  • 07548960359


  • 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Sunday

Youth & Women Support Network (YOWSUN)

Youth and Women support network is a UK based voluntary organisation that unites Women and youths in the UK, and also inspires them towards a purposeful existence.  We help the youth and women we support, to grow as individuals and create a strong frame work towards personal development, self discovery and a true individual identity.

YOWSUN provides opportunities for personal growth, social interactions, empowerment opportunities and sharing knowledge and education about the societies within which these women dwell through community projects that benefit them. We help people seeking more meaningful lives achieve their goals by channelling their aspirations through our services and projects of self development and capacity building. It is through this transformational and holistic approach to self discovery that the individuals we support live more purposeful and fulfilled life.

  • Mutiat Abebowale

  • 13 London Road

    IG11 8AA

  • 020 3239 1281

  • Thursdays 10am - 4pm.