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Age UK (60+)

Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering exists to improve and maintain the quality of life for older people living in the London borough of Redbridge, Barking & Havering. We seek to achieve this aim by:

  • Ensuring that older people have dignity, respect, choice and that their voices are heard
  • Ensuring that services are provided in a sensitive and approachable manner
  • Being a focus of advice and help for older people

We operate an Advice and Information Service which is free, independent and confidential to older people, their relatives, carers and friends. The also provide information on issues affecting older people such as welfare benefits, community care, leisure and health.  Criteria for accessing this service is over 50.

In addition, we have a social group called Di’s Diamonds, where people can meet up, make friends and do different activities toether.  For example, bowling, cinema, tea dances etc.

  • Nessar Ahmed

  • Ripple Centre
    121-125 Ripple Road
    Barking
    IG11 7FN

  • 020 8220 6000

  • barkinganddagenhamadviceageuk@gmail.com

  • We are in Barking on Wednesdays and Fridays, but there is someone to speak to on the phone every day 9am - 5pm.

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

Bethel Christian Centre

Bethel Christian Centre offer various community activities, including a food bank, parent and toddler groups and various children clubs.

We have Community Lounge every Thursday from 1-4pm.

We also do an After School Children’s Club for 5-10 year olds every Wednesday.

We offer Community Kids Club every Wednesday (except every 1st Wednesday of the month) from 4-5pm for ages 5-10.

We have regular activities for young people aged 11-16 years.

We have a ‘Ladies Tea’ for women of all ages every 2nd Monday.  Give us a call to check if it’s on this week.  Chance to meet with other women, enjoy tea and cake & explore more about women in the bible.

 

 

  • Brandon Thesee

  • 170 Bennetts Castle Lane
    Dagenham

    RM8 3XP

  • 020 8595 8211

  • bethel@lcm.org.uk

  • Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 9.00am - 6.00pm. Tues 9.00 - 7.00pm

Carers of Barking and Dagenham

At Barking and Dagenham Carers we provide advice, information and support for people who care. Whether you are a parent or child, husband or wife, partner, close relative or friend we are here to provide help when you need it.

Carers of Barking and Dagenham aims to assist carers living in Barking and Dagenham to be able to have an improved quality of life by offering services and support to enable them to access services more easily through active participation in the joint planning and monitoring of community carer and service development.

We also have the Memory Lane Resource Centre at 234a Porters Avenue, Dagenham which offers daycare and respite for people with dementia.  Families can self-refer and there is a charge for the services.

Carers website has lots of information on it.

***DID YOU KNOW THAT APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE OUTSIDE OF OFFICE HOURS AT EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS***

The organisation provides the following to support those caring for an adult or child who is ill, suffering from a mental illness or has a disability including:

  • Dementia Service
  • Family Service
  • Welfare Benefits advice
  • Mental Health
  • Support Groups
  • Training
  • Young Carers
  • All staff can help when you call

  • 334 Heathway
    Dagenham

    RM10 8NJ

  • 0208 593 4422

  • carers@carerscentre.org.uk

  • 09:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday

Citizens Advice Bureau

citizens advice

Barking & Dagenham Citizens Advice Bureau provides:

  • Information and advice on welfare benefits, housing, debt and money, employment, discrimination, family, consumer, tax, immigration and more
  • Information and advice on welfare benefits and debt for people experiencing mental ill health.
  • Hate crime advice, advocacy support to victims of hate crime incidents
  • Outreach Income raising clinics at 8 Childrens Centres.

All residents of Barking & Dagenham who are over 16 are eligible.

  • All staff can provide support

  • Barking Learning Centre
    2 Town Square
    Barking
    IG11 7NB

  • 020 85075969 Monday, Wednesday, Friday between 2pm - 5pm or Tuesday and Thursday between 9.30am - 2pm

  • advicereferrals@bdcab.org.uk

  • Drop into the CAB advice surgery on the following times
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am - 2pm
    Tuesday and Thursday 2pm - 8pm

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

DABD – personal care support

DABD provides flexible Personal Care support for people who pay for care themselves (self-funders), have a Personal Budget or receive Direct Payments.  The service supports people to live independently in their own homes.

We can provide personal care for children and for adults.  This includes;  support with bathing, grooming , assisting with washing and dressing, assisting with medication and collection of prescriptions, preparing light meals, shopping, domestic work including laundry/ ironing, use of all equipment such as hoists, support with social activities such as day trips and holidays (where possible) and accompanying to appointments.

We can also provide specialised and personalised care support service for people with higher levels of need as well as sitting, overnight care, sleeping nights and waking nights services. DABD  also can provide a domestic support service which includes housework, shopping and laundry.

 

 

  • Personal Support Services

  • 42-48 Parsloes Avenue
    Dagenham
    Essex
    RM9 5NU

  • 020 8215 9630

  • personalsupportservices@dabd.org.uk

  • Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00. Services are provided outside these hours.

DABD – support for older people

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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

DABD – Welfare Benefits 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:

  • 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
    42 – 48 Parsloes Avenue
    Dagenham
    RM9 5NU

  • 020 8215 9630

  • welfarebenefits@dabd.org.uk

  • 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday

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,
    Barking,
    Essex,
    IG11 8AA.

  • 02085943730

  • Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

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

  • 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

Hope4BarkingDagenham (H4BD)

Hope4BarkingDagenham (H4BD) aims to provide emergency temporary accommodation, advice, support and meals for people sleeping rough in Barking & Dagenham. We can also provide Foodbank vouchers, help and advice including debt advice.

We also offer a night shelter for people over 18 who are homeless.  To access the shelter, please register at The Source (see details below).

H4BD is organised through a partnership with churches across the borough who offer this service free of charge.

For further information or to access support, please either visit The Source, Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Barking IG11 8DH, or phone the contact number below

 

 

 

  • Francis

  • 1st Floor, Vicarage fields shopping centre
    Barking

    IG11 8DH

  • (020) 8594 2404

  • thesourcebcu@gmail.com

  • Monday to Friday 10.30 - 5pm
    Saturday 12noon - 5pm.

LBBD Children’s Centres

Children’s Centres in Barking & Dagenham providing a range of services for local people.  Support available includes;

  • Employment and training support
  • Volunteering
  • Advice on welfare benefits
  • Money management
  • Health services; health checks, ante-natal/post natal, child health clinics
  • Support for families; parenting, activities, speech & language
  • Support re domestic violence
  • Childcare
  • Food support
  • Breastfeeding and Infant feeding advice
  • Healthy Lifestyle Groups
  • Smoking Cessation services
  • Talking Therapies

Even if you don’t have children, don’t worry, you can still access employment and welfare benefits advice at any Children’s Centre. Find a Children’s Centre  near you.

  • 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday

Shpresa Programme

Shpresa is an organisation that offers a range of services for families across Barking & Dagenham.  This includes;

For Families: we offer support groups, parenting classes, English classes (formal & informal) and we have our own food bank.

Children & Young People: we have sports activities including:

  • Dancing
  • Kickboxing
  • Football
  • Self defense

Shpresa also offers services for looked after children and professionals can refer directly.

Training: we provide Teaching Assistant training (Level 1, 2, 3) and also Health & Social Care qualifications. Supporting people into employment.

Volunteering: we provide many opportunities for people to volunteer with us. This is particularly useful for people who are keen to move into employment.

Shpresa also has a specialist advice support at their offices in E13 on a Friday.

Our services are open to anyone and we are also have specialist support for Albanian speaking residents.  Why not pop along to our sessions at Gascoigne School, Barking on Thursday 5pm – 7pm or Mayfield School, Dagenham on Sundays 10am – 1pm.

  • Luljeta Nuzi

  • 30 Avenons Road
    London

    E13 8HT

  • 020 7511 1586

  • 0757 8256413

  • shpresaprogramme@yahoo.co.uk

  • Monday - Saturday 9am - 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
    Barking

  • 020 8594 2404

  • thesourcebcu@gmail.com

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