Together we can do

so much!

Barking and Dagenham
Giving Week

20-24 June 2022

This year for Giving Week 2022, we are working with partners to show the community that together we can do so much. This week will be filled with events including free training, exciting talks, opportunities to participate, and funding news.

During Giving Week 2022 local community organisations have joined forces
to offer a programme of events that will build skills and knowledge
about how to participate in the borough.

To participate in this year’s Giving week fill in this form here


Browse all of the events in the Giving Week 2022 programme and access presentations by clicking through the days on the calendar.

  • Monday 20
  • Tuesday 21
  • Wednesday 22
  • Thursday 23
  • Friday 24

No Sleep til Thames Ward! Community Coalition Building or Bust

An interactive presentation that aimed to generate wider audience debate and learning points.

The event described the resident-led work of our project (TWCP) and our model of community coalition building including background to the project, challenges and opportunities, resident testimony and reflective practice - future recommendations and learning points, followed by Q&A.

Organiser: Thames Ward Community Project
Who should attend: Residents & individuals, Local voluntary organisations, Local businesses
Format: Online session
Time: 10:00-11:00

Family-led Playgroup session

An opportunity for families to come together, share experiences, play with their children, lead some activities, interact with others, ask questions, have fun and support each other. We run this group on a weekly basis and our aim is to build community, bringing local families to a safe environment while accessing learning resources too.

Organiser: Early Years Cocoon CIC
Who should attend: Residents & individuals, Families
Format: Indoor Activity
Place: Saint Martin's Church - 27 Goresbrook road RM9 6XA
Time: 10:00-12:00

Funding London's Civil Society: What We Have Learnt and What's Next?

This session gave an overview of how funding for London's Civil Society has changed over the past 12 months. Drawing on learning from London Funders' members and the London Community Response Fund.

We shared some of our insights about the overall funding landscape, what's changed since covid, and invited discussion about what this might mean for Barking and Dagenham's VCS in the future.

Organiser: London Funders
Who should attend: Local voluntary organisations, Local funders
Format: Online session
Time: 14:00-15:00

BD Food Network - Going Digital

Barking and Dagenham Food Network is proud to share that we, as a group of 19 Food Banks, have been running a successful food network to help anyone and everyone in need.

After using Whatsapp and offline communication channels we have realised the importance of Digital Technology and created a robust digital platform – made available to everyone in Barking and Dagenham. This session shared how you can get involved with our food network and avail our services digitally.

Organiser: HumDum CIC
Who should attend: Residents & individuals, Local voluntary organisations, Local businesses
Format: Online session
Time: 15:00-16:30

Inclusive Recruitment

Employers were invited to join Hannah Brooke and Marwah Aziz from Renaisi to hear how employers and recruiters can think beyond ‘tick box inclusivity’ to attract and retain refugee professionals.

Refugees do not fit neatly into any one of the 9 protected characteristics which means that even when employers implement equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives, they are disadvantaged in the hiring process.

From advertising to onboarding, employers will learn how to make their processes inclusive for refugee talent.

Organiser: Hannah Brooke
Who should attend: Local businesses
Format: Online session
Time: 12:30-13:00

Making Decisions Together

As a Participatory Grant Maker, BD Giving believes that the people who are affected by funding decisions should have the power to make those decisions. 

From the processes we have run so far, we know that participants often struggle with making these important funding decisions, particularly in a group setting. 
We have organised this workshop to help build the confidence and capacity our communities need to make collective decisions that energise and excite the people involved in the process.

Organiser: BD Giving
Who should attend: Residents & individuals, Local voluntary organisations, Local businesses
Format: Online session
Time: 11:00-13:30

Model City: Using The Power of Sport and Physical Activity to Improve Local Social Integration

This event focused on the power of the place based approach that has been happening in Barking since 2019. We shared how Model City London - through an innovative partnership between Laureus Sport for Good, Nike and the Mayor of London - has aimed to improve social integration through sport and physical activity, and worked with local people to drive the change they want to see within their community.

Organiser: Model City
Who should attend: Residents & individuals, Local voluntary organisations
Format: Online session
Time: 15:30-17:00

Storytime - The Three Litter Pigs (3-8 year olds)

Follow the three litter pigs as they travel through land and sea to find their perfect holiday. Get ready for some trouble along the way! Will the litter pigs learn an important lesson whilst on their mission? Through this story children are given the opportunity to learn about recycling in the borough and how we can all do our bit to help the environment.

Organiser: Keep Britain Tidy
Who should attend: Residents & individuals,
Format: Online session
Time: 16:00-16:30

Improving Your Skills Through Voluntary Work

An interactive workshop based around voluntary work to equip participants with the know how around volunteering.
What is voluntary work? Why do people choose to do voluntary work?
How does it help others and themselves and how to choose their voluntary work? And lastly what are the qualities of an effective volunteer?

Organiser: Pierre Epoh Moudio
Who should attend: Residents & individuals, Advanced ESOL learners
Format: Online workshop
Time: 18:00-20:00

Barking & Dagenham's Collaborative Infrastructure

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit” (Harry S. Truman)

Facilitated by Matt Scott of TWCP, representatives of BD_Collective, BDCVS, BD Giving and BEC shared how they are working together to create one doorway to a portfolio of complimentary offers for the borough. As a collaborative they aim to stimulate new opportunities, build capacity, grow cross-sector partnerships, and develop new forms of civic engagement.

Organiser: BD_Collective
Who should attend: Local voluntary organisations, Local social infrastructure organisations
Format: Online workshop
Time: 11:00-12:00

Create your own Doodly Video

Have you ever wondered how people create those Doodly videos?

Doodly videos grab attention! They are very useful for businesses and organisations, who are looking to refresh the style of their key messaging and reach a wider audience.

In 60 minutes, Arinola showed participants how to create a Doodly video!

Organiser: Arinola Araba
Who should attend: Local voluntary organisations, Local businesses, anyone looking to generate a new stream of income
Format: Online workshop
Time: 13:00-14:00

The Citizens' Alliance Network and the Greening Network - Show and Tell

What are they, and how can you get involved?

Claire from the Council and members of the Greening Network explained how they're working together to make the borough cleaner and greener for all.

Organiser: LBBD Participation and Engagement Team
Who should attend: Residents & individuals, Local voluntary organisations
Format: Online workshop
Time: 12:00-12:45

Organisational Membership with Every One Every Day

Every One Day has developed Organisational Membership to support local organisations and residents whose work benefits the borough and the people that live and work in it.

Through the membership, they can access spaces and equipment, training, learning and networking opportunities as well as connecting people they are working with to the growing network of resident friendships, support and programme of events.

Participants of this event learned about why and how Organisational Membership was set up, and met with some of the Organisational Members who shared their experience and how they have benefited from their membership so far.

Organiser: Participatory City Foundation
Who should attend: Residents & individuals, Local voluntary organisations, Local businesses
Format: In-person session
Place: Everyone's Warehouse, 47 Thames Road, Barking, IG11 0HQ
Time: 14:00-16:00

Neighbourhood (NCIL) Fund - Show and Tell

Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) - This session introduced the Neighbourhood Fund and how residents make funding decisions that support community projects through an exciting new process.

Residents who have been involved in the process talked about their experience and what in their opinion, makes a good application.

Organiser: LBBD Participation and Engagement Team
Who should attend: Residents & individuals; local voluntary organisations
Format: Virtual presentation
Time: 10:30 - 11:00

Investing in Our Future: Models of Community Ownership

As part of the learning journey to develop an investment policy for our exciting new Community Endowment Fund over the next nine months, BD Giving wants to provide local people with the knowledge and confidence they need to find an exciting model of investment which works for Barking & Dagenham.

Some of the questions that have come up so far asked about if and how the Endowment could be invested locally. Luckily, Stir to Action have already done incredible work around this so we've asked them to share that knowledge and experience with our community.

In this workshop, participants were introduced to the core concepts of a range of models of community owned investment and asked to think about what this might look like in our borough.

Organiser: BD Giving
Who should attend: Residents & individuals; local voluntary organisations; local businesses
Place: Online
Time: 11:00-13:30

Cricket for families with young children

Come and join us at Barking Park. An opportunity for developing and strengthening physical, social and communication skills while having fun together. In collaboration with Essex Cricket, we are engaging families in games and physical activities while socialising safely.

Organiser: Early Years Cocoon CIC
Who should attend: Residents & individuals; families
Format: Outdoor Activity
Place: Barking Park
Time: 13:30 - 14:30

Participatory Grant Making

This event is invite only.

A small group of local organisations will be invited to take part in an exciting new pilot project where they are given decision-making power for a new fund.
Over the course of a few hours (and many cups of coffee), participants will collaboratively make the decisions that will shape this project's ambitions. Invites for this event will be sent out directly. Keep an eye out for an announcement in the following week!

Organiser: BD Giving
Who should attend: Local voluntary organisations
Format: In-person workshop
Place: Everyone's Warehouse, 47 Thames Road, Barking, IG11 0HQ
Time: 10:00-14:00

Rheumatology Education Programme - Staying in Control of your Joint Disease Symptoms

This is a healthcare interactive presentation that goes beyond diagnosis and treatment. It offers advice to help individuals suffering from an autoimmune disease such as (but not limited to) rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis feel more in control and coping with their long-term illness.

This program has been set up to enhance people’s knowledge, understanding, and provide information on the support available from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Organiser: Titi Peleyeju
Who should attend: Residents & individuals; local businesses
Format: Online Session
Time: 11:00-12:00

Becoming a Trauma-Informed Organisation and Community

There is no doubt that the lives of adults and young people across the UK have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Many people have had to adjust to dramatic changes in their home life, work, business, education or employment. Some have experienced bereavement or other traumatic experiences during the lockdown period while groups who were already marginalised are now likely to become more so.

As such, we are providing this free presentation to empower and support organisations to provide a trauma-sensitive environment for their staff and be better able to cope with the after effects of this pandemic for those who would have found the pandemic traumatic.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of what it means to be trauma-informed. Organisations, businesses and residents can attend..

Organiser: Wunmi Oyewole
Who should attend: Residents & individuals; local voluntary organisations; local businesses
Format: Online Session
Time: 13:00-14:00

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