Rising up to the challenge

The Covid-19 outbreak and the lockdown are placing a stress on our communities unseen in living memory. Yet, in times like these it is essential that we maintain a strong bond and help each other out and we are seeing everywhere how it is bringing people closer together.
 
We believe that this is a story worth telling.
 

Barking & Dagenham Giving, the borough’s new platform for giving in the community are teaming up with the Council and You Press, an award-winning social enterprise that works with young people and underrepresented communities to have their voices heard through the creative arts, writing and multimedia production.

You Press have handpicked young creative writers and graphic designers to document your story and produce a series of illustrations on Barking and Dagenham’s response to the crisis. This is a unique opportunity for you to share your perspective with the rest of the borough and across London and help inspire others to reach out and make a difference for their community!

Moosh

What’s behind the name Moosh? My grandfather’s name is Mushumbusi – it’s a short form of that because people couldn’t pronounce it, so I just

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Fatuma Nalule

My name is Fatuma Nalule and I live with my three children in Barking & Dagenham. I volunteer with a number of organisations, all of

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Jeorgina Soares

My name is Jeorgina and I am a mother of four wonderful boys: Prince, 23; Jermaine, 16; Kimani, 13; and Marcanthony, 11. I’m originally from Angola,

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Amanda Simmons

My name is Amanda Simmons and I live with my husband. I manage the Corner Coffee House in Green Lane, Dagenham, where we offer affordable

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A one-man band

Since the pandemic occurred my business has been affected but I am still here, staying positive and hopeful for the future. My name is Derrick,

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Alison Cormack

During the lockdown I have come to understand the importance of taking care of myself and finding ways to make memories. My name is Alison

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Emdad Rahman

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, I had the privilege of speaking with Emdad Rahman about his voluntary work for many different charitable organisations

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Natalia Lema

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, I had the privilege of speaking with Natalia Lema about her work, founding and running Cocoon – an

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Get involved

Whether you have benefited from the help of volunteers or you are actively supporting others, we want to help you share your experience as well as the amazing work of other community members through this storytelling project.
 

Put your details in the form and we will contact you to arrange a phone call.  Our interviews are informal and fun conversations conducted using Google Hangouts or by phone. After the interview, we will create a short feature article to be published online and – at the end of the project – in a book.