Welcome to Barking and Dagenham Giving Week!

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Barking and Dagenham Giving Week is a new celebration of local people and projects that support the community during the coronavirus crisis and all year round. The aim of the week is to highlight how powerful it is for local people to give time, skills and space for their community and to support local causes.

Throughout the week, stories of adaptation and inspiration have been shared online. Stories that show the ways in which local people have stepped up to the plate in the current crisis, and the power of the community to work together to solve its own problems.

The week has also seen over £9,000 from the Barking and Dagenham lottery handed over to local causes by Cllr Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership & Engagement, and applications have opened for a Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund of £100,000.

Stories

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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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.

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Give us a shout

Anyone can take part, and we'd love you to help spread the word that Giving Week is happening 18th to 24th May 2020.