Rising up to the challenge
Barking & Dagenham Giving has teamed up with the Council and You Press to tell your stories.
We have tried to capture a wide range of voices from across the borough. As such, the views expressed in these stories do not necessarily represent the views of any of the organisations involved in the project.
AJ Haastrup is the co-founder of One Room Live, an organisation dedicated to promoting fitness and well-being, as well as various forms of self-expression through the use of artistic and digital media. The organisation received funding through the Rapid Response Fund to do its first festival, which ended up as an online event due to the pandemic.
Nat Smith works as an Education Director at Arc Theatre, which specializes in creating and performing theatre that challenges assumptions and causes real change in the way that people relate to one another at work, at school and in the community. Arc Theatre received a grant from the Rapid Response Fund to purchase new computer equipment which would allow them to continue their work online and support them after the pandemic.
Put your details in the form and we will contact you to arrange an interview. Our interviews are informal and fun conversations conducted using Google Hangouts or by phone. After the interview, we will create a short article to be published online and – at the end of the project – in a book.