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Do you want to transform your place?

Get involved in making decisions about
Barking & Dagenham.
The people of Barking and Dagenham are at the heart of everything we do. And you’re included.
When we talk about including everyone, we’re talking about shifting decision-making power into the hands of local people. We think that the people of Barking & Dagenham should get to decide how the resources of the borough are used; how money is spent or invested, where, and why.
Barking and Dagenham has a history of powerful community action, such as the Ford factory strikes in 1968. We aim to reconnect with this legacy, reignite collective power, and overcome the barriers to change by supporting local people from different cultures, ages, ethnicities and genders to get involved in our work.
We trust in your ability to learn about the needs and aspirations of the community and to allocate resources fairly. We can help you develop the skills you need to take part in collective decision-making, and we always compensate people for their time.  Some of the benefits of participating with us are:
  • A chance to rebalance power in the borough
  • Opportunities to make collective spending decisions
  • Developing teamwork, networking, and collaboration skills
  • Access to training in shared decision-making, finance, and conflict management
  • Compensation at London Living Wage, plus expenses

“My experience with BD Giving has given me new skills to make an informed decision about investing while also feeling much more involved in my local community.”

- Kemi, CSG member and B&D resident
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Together we can transform our borough.

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GROW Fund

Designed by our Community Steering Group, the GROW Fund is supporting local, purpose-driven organisations to grow and have more social impact in the borough. 

The Fund offers a £25,000 grant, seven months of business development and a chance to apply for a social investment loan at the end of the programme. The next round of applications opens on 2024.

Community Steering Group

CSG members bring different professional and personal experiences, but are aligned in shared goals for the borough. 

In regular meetings they learn and make decisions about how to use and invest the GROW Fund.

Disruptive Explorers

The Disruptive Explorers (DE) are a group of local organisations and community groups that want to find new ways to disrupt harmful systems in the borough.

The goal is to spread power, resources, and decision-making to individuals trapped in these systems in a transparent and accountable way.