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!

Kemi Oloyede

Despite the numerous hardships that COVID-19 has brought to many of our lives, from queuing up for hours in supermarket lines, to being separated from

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Almu and Valeria

We are Almudena Segura and Dr Valeria Giannuzzi, co-founders of the Hug Support Group: a community organisation which provides a safe space for mothers to

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Subbiah V.

My name is Subbiah V. I live alone as my wife and daughter are stuck in India due to the lockdown. I don’t consider myself

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Darren Maun

My name is Darren Maun. I have a wife and two children. I don’t consider myself to be vulnerable. I was hoping the crisis wasn’t

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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.