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My time at BD Giving

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Over two weeks ago, I had my last day working at BD Giving and couldn’t help but reflect on my journey and growth since joining the organisation a year ago.   After graduating in the midst of the pandemic, finding suitable employment was almost impossible given the brutality of the job market. Many people had […]

Building trust and sharing responsibility

After the first meeting of the Community Steering Group with BD Giving’s trustees, we spoke to a CSG member and the Chair of the Board to see how it went. On the 26 April, the local people we recruited and supported to learn about the world of social investment met with our board of trustees […]

The CSG’s story so far

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After 4 months, lots of learning, questioning, and more than a few laughs, now is a good time to share the B&D Community Steering Group’s journey so far.

Ask the Experts

In the fifth workshop, at the request of CSG members, we brought some experts in to talk about their experiences of social investment.  The first panel was made up of Amir Rizwan; Big Society Capital’s Relationships Director, Chris Wood, also a social investment expert; has been our guide for the last four workshops, and Alex […]

Join the team!

Do you want a career with meaning? Barking & Dagenham Giving is a small team of progressive and passionate people. Our work is about shifting decision-making power into the hands of people who are disadvantaged and disenfranchised.  We value collaboration and inclusivity, and we’re working to become sustainable in everything we do. If that’s a […]

CSG Members ‘Cautiously Empowered’ to Make Decisions on Investment

This blog summarises what Barking & Dagenham Giving’s Steering Group did in their fourth workshop where we explored our attitudes to risk and return. What happened in workshop 4 In the fourth workshop of the Community Steering Group (CSG) we discussed and mapped our attitude to risk and return.  Ably facilitated by Lara Norris and […]

Community Steering Group Take the Driving Seat of Investment

This blog summarises what Barking & Dagenham Giving’s Steering Group did in their third workshop where we learned how we might source deals for the Endowment Fund. In the third workshop of the Community Steering Group (CSG) we covered a lot! We learnt about potential deals for the Community Endowment Fund from Lara Norris and […]

Closed Collective Model: Week Seven – Getting on the same page

Closed Collective Model: Week Seven – Getting on the same page Due to some timetabling and miscommunications, we had a slightly smaller group meeting today and didn’t use all the time we set aside for it. It’s important to mark when things don’t go to plan because it gives us the opportunity to learn how […]

Closed Collective Model: Week Six – Exploring possibilities

Closed Collective Model: Week Six – Exploring possibilities A note at the start about language: I am a disabled person and I sit on the board of a disability charity. In both my day-to-day life and that role, I do not use what is known as ‘person-first language’ (e.g. a person with disabilities) but instead […]