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

Programme

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

Barking & Dagenham: Community led-investments

This Event is Invite only

"We believe that the people who would be impacted by our money should have the power to decide how our money is spent."

This is a celebratory event to celebrate the community champions who have led this process, listen to their story, ask questions and be inspired to help us see this story repeated in every borough in this country.

Organiser: Barking and Dagenham Giving
Who should attend: Local voluntary organisations
Format: In-person event
Time: 13:00 - 14:30

'Together We Can Do So Much' TikTok by BDYD's Youth Leaders

Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance's Youth Leaders will release a TikTok showing all the programmes they are delivering in the borough to demonstrate how 'Together We Can Do So Much'


Organiser: BDYD
Who should watch: Everybody!
Format: Online

My Money

Let's Talk About Money

Join Arinola Araba of bMoneywize for a fun morning playing games and talking about money and budgeting.

Organiser: bMoneywize
Who should attend: Residents/individuals
Format: In-person
Time: 11:00 - 12:15
Location: Dagenham Library

Power and Love: what do they mean in B&D, how do we balance them so everyone wins?

Interactive presentation: start with some slides then some open questions and group debate. People should come with an open mind and be willing to share perspectives and consider opportunities for collective action


Organiser: Thames Life
Who should attend: Residents/individuals; Local voluntary organisations; People from the public and private sector with an interest in their local community
Format: Online
Time: 10:00 - 11:00

How to safely forage wild foods

Wild foods are nutritionally dense and can therefore be much healthier than many store bought foods (it’s also free!), however many plants are poisonous.

We also need to remember many creatures rely on this food, so we need to harvest respectfully.

We will therefore look at how to safely and respectfully collect wild foods.

We will look at what part of the plant to harvest at different times of its lifecycle; how to prepare it and if there's interest how to preserve it. Depending on what is available, we may find other useful plants such as for making soap, medicine, crafting, etc.
Organiser: Rakesh "Rootsman Rak"
Who should attend: Residents/individiuals
Format: In-person
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Mayesbrook Park, Longbridge Road entrance

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 Celebration & Learning

The online event is a celebration of employers that have committed to making their organisation a welcoming and inclusive place for refugee professionals.

At the event we’ll share what we’ve learnt about supporting talented refugee professionals into employment, you’ll hear from employers and candidates who’ve used Renaisi's Transitions service, and you’ll get to ask questions to a panel of employers and candidates.

The event is open to all employers who are interested in equitable recruitment and accessing a pool of untapped talent.

Please feel free to share this invite with your supply chain, clients and partners.

Organiser: Renaisi
Who should attend: Local organisations
Format: Online
Time: 13:00 - 14:00

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

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

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
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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

Youth's Wellness & Pampering Event

Join us for a fun-filled event with tips on wellness and self-care, as well as learn how to manage different types of emotions and how to navigate on the street of today.

All participants will receive a gift.

Organiser: JDS Striving for Excellence
Who should attend: Residents/Individuals
Format: In-person
Time: 11:00 - 14:00
Location: TBC

Journaling for Joyful Connections

This is a special edition of an event to help people going through loneliness so as to create a safe space and a sense of belonging to make connections online.
This event aims to help people make social interactions and connect through the joyfulness of journaling.

Research has shown that effective journaling can result in many positive improvements to a person’s quality of life.

“Writing in a journal...offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself"- Robin S. Sharma.

That said, we would be using this event to help people have a conversation beyond self and make joyful conversations with others.

The session will be facilitated by Wunmi Oyewole who has been journaling for a very long time and can attest to the benefits of personal writing.

The first 8 people in the UK to register for the event will get a copy of My Joyfulness Journal which is on Amazon.co.uk.

A PDF copy of the journal will be sent by email/given to every one who registers for the event as an act of kindness to mark BD Giving Week. We shall be using this pdf copy during the event.

Organiser: Radiant Ambitions CIC
Who should attend: Residents/Individuals
Format: Online
Time: 19:30 - 20:30

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

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

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

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

Just...Pause: Women's Wellness Workshop

Join Make Your Mark BD for the launch of Just Pause, a regular afternoon of mindfulness, fitness, mood food, yoga, relaxation, crafting and more.

FREE for B&D residents and happening every Thursday from 23 June. Join the conversation, get involved, share your experience, tell your story & let your voice be heard.

Organiser: Make Your Mark BD
Who should attend: Women of B&D!
Format: In-person
Place: Gascoigne Children's Centre, 160 Ripple Road, Barking
Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Cricket for families with young children

Join us for a FREE session and support your child in improving their: - fine motor skills - endurance and stamina - balance and coordination - hand-eye coordination - social skills and more

Organiser: Early Years Cocoon & Essex Cricket
Who should attend: Resident families with young children
Format: In-person
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 13:30
Location: Barking Park, IG11 8SS - next to tennis courts

I.M.A.G.E.M. Base Model Training Programme

This is an online meeting for both parents and youth focussing on providing individuals with effective tools and practices that transform an individual mindset into a collective performance mindset that leads to the elevation & expansion of their live skills and are able to lead by example.

Parents are able to initiate, motivate and drive their kids into positive actions, to provide a conducive working environment that creates effective, productive & motivated teams, ensures Wellbeing is a priority so both parents and their kids feel happier & cared for and are self-disciplined and have the freedom to grow within diverse communities.


Organiser: APSC
Who should attend: Parents and children
Format: Online
Time: 10:00 - 12:00

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

Arts and crafts workshop


This is a 90minutes workshop focusing on arts and crafts, delivered at one of our weekly playgroup sessions. Parents and children exploring together and strengthening their creativity by accessing some planned activities which they can try at home again. This is an opportunity for families to continue learning about a creative way to use resources and overcome the fear of 'messy play' and 'sensory play'.

Organiser: Early Years Cocoon
Who should attend: Families with young children
Format: In-person workshop
Place: 71 Hatfield Rd, Dagenham RM9 6JS - Hatfield Community Centre
Time: 10:00-12:00

Well Girl: Food, fun & handmade beauty workshop

Every Girl Should Feel Well!
This free wellbeing workshop is aimed at delivering on that statement.

With a range of activities including fitness fun, cooking classes, tasting sessions, craft workshops, handmade beauty and more...

Attendees can also make use of the Pink Shelf, where they'll find free period products for teens in need.

Held every Friday - registration essential!

Organiser: Make Your Mark B&D
Who should attend: Girls aged 10-18
Format: In-person
Place: Sue Bramley Community Hub, Bastable Avenue, Barking, IG11 0LH
Time: 16:00 - 18:00

Snaxchange - Transforming BD Landscape through technology

Snaxchange, an online platform to help connect Business and food banks to the vulnerable in Barking and Dagenham, is excited to have grown many fold in the past one year. We would like to share with you our journey so far and how we aim to continue to help everyone in the future.

Participants will be shown how to use the tech and offered an in-person follow-up visit if needed.

Organiser: Snaxchange
Who should attend: Everyone
Format: Online (link to follow)
Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Football Taster Session

Triangoals are hosting an open day football session to anyone who is interesting in joining the football club next season by providing different types of activities to engage young people.

There will also be an open Q&A about why any type of sport is important to wellbeing.

Organiser: Triangoals
Who should attend: TBC
Format: TBC
Place: Rivergate Centre, Minter Road, Barking, IG11 0FJ
Time: TBC

Taster Sewing sessions

MEET THE SEWING MACHINE

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the basic anatomy of the sewing machine, learn how to thread up, wind your bobbin, use a sewing manual to problem solve and experiment with a variety of stitches, seams and basic patchwork.

Learn: How to sew straight stitches and a variety of seams

Introducing patchwork techniques

Improve your machine skills.

Make samples.

All materials will provided on the day including sewing machines.

Organiser: Sew London Project CIC
Who should attend: Residents/Individuals
Format: In-person
Place: TBC
Time: 11:00 - 13:00 OR 14:00 - 16:00

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

Paint like Jean Michel Basquiat

Learn how to paint like Jean Michel Basquiat. Basquiat was an abstract expressionist artist who captured the world with his works.

His ideas were profound and thought provoking, he had a very unique style that can be modulated and this workshop will teach you how to do that.


Organiser: Art from the Start
Who should attend: Residents/Individuals
Format: In-person
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Company Drinks, Longbridge Road, Barking, IG11 8TA

Mother & Daughter Conversations

Born to Excel is pleased to announce its Mother & Daughter Conversations will be coming to the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. Looking at the Intergenerational relationship that exists between Mothers and Daughters. They will be delivering an introductory 8 week course for Mothers & Teenage daughters. It will be a mixture of online sessions and in person meet-up ending with a celebratory ‘Afternoon Tea’ event for Mothers & Daughters.


Organiser: Born to Excel
Who should attend: Mothers and teenage daughters
Format: Online
Time: 10:00 - 12:30, every Saturday from 11 June

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

With the participation of