Parent & Children Activities

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

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 – family support (for disabled children)

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DABD  offers a number of services for children and young people, predominantly with additional needs, and their families.

Our Befriending service provides a one-to-one support worker for your child to help them access the activities they enjoy or would like to enjoy.  The service is available for children and young people aged 5 – 24, seven days a week including evenings.

It’s up to you and your child which activities they would like to participate in. It could be swimming, a trip to the park or cinema, bowling, attending a youth club, walking, shopping or a meal out.  Their support worker will accompany them and help them participate in their chosen activity.

The Personal care service can provide various aspects of Personal care support for children living at home aged 5 – 18. This includes support with bathing, grooming, washing and dressing, toileting, assisting with medication and preparing light meals and snacks. Staff are trained in manual handling techniques to use equipment such as hoists and slip sheets as well as being trained in PEG feeding procedures (feeding through a tube).

 

  • Sam Norgate

  • 42-48 Parsloes Avenue
    Dagenham
    Essex
    RM9 5NU

  • 020 8215 9630

  • personalsupportservices@dabd.org.uk

  • Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00, with services provided outside these hours.

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

Family Information Service (LBBD)

Barking and Dagenham Family Information Service (FIS) provides comprehensive information and advice on the services available to parents, including information on local childcare and early years nurseries and pre-schools.

FIS works closely with children’s centres, Jobcentre Plus, youth services, family services, libraries and many more to support children, young people, families and people who work with families.

 

 

 

 

  • Town Hall
    1 Town Square
    Barking
    IG11 7LU

  • 020 8227 5395

  • fis@lbbd.gov.uk

  • 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday

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

Parent Support Adviser (Beam County Primary School)

There are Parent Support Advisers (PSA’s) based at a number of schools in Barking & Dagenham who are available to support parents who live in Barking & Dagenham.

Support includes; practical help on parenting, concerns about your children, support with your child’s education and a listening ear for other issues that are concerning you as a parent.

The PSA at Beam County Primary School is primarily there to support parents whose children are at the school, but can include other parents in courses or other programmes being run.  The PSA is available during school hours and can be contacted on the number below.

You can also ask at your child’s school if there is a PSA available for you to talk to.

  • Diana Huskie

  • Beam County Primary School
    Oval Rd North
    Dagenham
    RM10 9ED

  • 07790 507147

  • dhuskie@beam.bardaglea.org.uk

  • Monday - Friday 09:00 - 15:30.

Parent Support Adviser (Dorothy Barley Infant School)

There are Parent Support Advisers (PSA’s) based at a number of schools in Barking & Dagenham who are available to support parents who live in Barking & Dagenham.

Support includes; practical help on parenting, concerns about your children, support with your child’s education and a listening ear for other issues that are concerning you as a parent.

The PSA at Dorothy Barley is primarily there to support parents whose children are at the school, but can include other parents in courses or other programmes being run.  The PSA is available during school hours and can be contacted on the number below.

You can also ask at your child’s school if there is a PSA available for you to talk to.

  • Christine Brand

  • Davington Road
    Dagenham

    RM8 2LL

  • 0208 270 4655

  • 0208 724 8763

  • Cbrand3.301@bdcs.org.uk

  • Monday to Friday during school hours.

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

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. 

  • Luljeta Nuzi

  • 30 Avenons Road
    London

    E13 8HT

  • 020 7511 1586

  • 0757 8256413

  • shpresaprogramme@yahoo.co.uk

  • Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm

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 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
    Dagenham

    RM9 4SJ

  • 020 8517 9317

  • enquiries@sycamoretrust.org.uk

  • Mon-Fri 9.00-4.30

The Heathway Centre (disability specialists)

The Heathway Centre is an inclusive resource centre providing services to families with children (under 18 years of age) with additional needs/disabilities.

We provide advice and information on how to access resources available within the community, complete referrals and provide targeted support for families that require additional intervention.

Our services include both term time and holiday activities for parent/carers, children and siblings including access to respite providers within the borough.

We are a fully accessible building designed with track and hoist systems including shower room and changing facilities.  Our equipment, toys and resources are adapted to meet the needs of children with additional needs/disabilities.

  • Mazeda Bellevue or Tanya Ali

  • 512a The Heathway
    Dagenham
    Essex
    RM10 7SJ

  • 0208 227 5500

  • TheHeathwayCentre@lbbd.gov.uk

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
    9.00am - 5.00pm

    Thursday 9.00am - 6.00pm
    Saturday 9.00am - 12.00pm

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

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 and ballet.

We also provide mentoring & nutrition support.

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

 

  • Fatuma

  • 16 Pickering Road
    Barking
    Essex
    IG11 8PG

  • 07793 024041

  • triangoals@live.co.uk

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