Rapid Response Fund: Open projects

The applications made to the RRF were diverse, covering a wide range of responses to the crisis. While many of the successful ideas already had beneficiaries in mind, some have provided open opportunities to the borough.

On this page, you will find details of funded projects which you can get involved with.

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Al Madina Mosque

WHAT: Archery Competition

Receive 12 hours of archery training, leading to a competition to find the best archer!

Participants will receive sufficient training to attend and pass an instructor training course.

Organisations can put forward one individual to take part as spaces are limited.

All applicants must be over 18.

For more information, email info[at]barkingmosque[dot]org[dot]uk

Am Arising

WHAT: FREE online sessions available to Children and young people aged 5-16 years of age, living in Barking and Dagenham.

The support network caters to all kinds of learners. We provide the right skills to Children and Young people to prepare them for today’s technology and to manage tomorrow’s industries.


Skills Children will acquired from STEAM Session includes:

  • Improved digital literacy skills

  • Computational and Critical thinking skills

  • Excellent communication – speaking, listening, writing and presentation skills

  • Collaboration and team building skills, just to mention a few

  • Our students develop great skills to support Virtual and blended learning

  •  Our sessions  improve the general performance of Children and Young people.

Photo by "NESA by Makers" on Unsplash


WHAT: Dr Arinola Araba is developing a new project called ‘I Thrive’. This will involve running an online training forum to support people going through domestic violence, as well as their friends and family

The first step of the project requires people to complete this survey form: https://bit.ly/2Oj3HAs

This survey is designed to explore the knowledge and attitude on the myths around domestic abuse among women.

This is an anonymous survey but respondents can choose to receive a free copy of Arinola’s book via email upon completion


WHAT: Cocoon Together, interactive sessions including singing, phonics, and stories for families via Zoom.

A great opportunity to come together and continue to build a sense of community using an online free platform.

Aimed at families with children under 4.

WHEN: Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:00am-10:30am

For more information, and to sign up, please email earlyyearscocoon[at]gmail[dot]com

Natalia has also used the Rapid Response Fund to create a parenting resource, which you can download for FREE: ‘Parenting as a Learning Journey’

The Hive

WHAT:  A series of workshops and activities designed to provide vital support through lockdown while maintaining safe social distancing. 

Alongside parent support, self-esteem boosters, and help managing bereavement, there are physical activities like yoga and circuit training, providing a holistic approach to facing the challenges that have arisen as a result of the pandemic.

WHEN: Throughout August and September, click on the image to see the full timetable as well as the relevant contact details for reserving a spot.

To ensure people aren’t turned away and travel unnecessarily, places must be booked in advance. 

Kazoku Karate-Do

WHAT: Twelve weeks of free Karate classes for the residents of Barking & Dagenham.

Adults and children are welcome but spaces are limited. The sessions are held over Zoom so you will need to make sure you have access to this programme.

WHEN: From 7th July, every Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5pm

For more information, please email kazokukd[at]gmail[dot]com

The Nous Organisation

WHAT: FREE mental health awareness training for residents of LBBD.

This is an online introductory four-hour online session to raise awareness of mental health.

The training will give you:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining well-being
  • Confidence to support someone in distress of who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

Places are limited so make sure to register as soon as possible.

WHEN: 16th of Nov 2020 – 9:30am – 1:30pm

Register here: https://bit.ly/2CtRoPr and see the image to the right for contact details.

Sew London project

WHAT: The Sew London project will be producing and supplying sustainable Lip reading face-masks  for the D/deaf & hard of hearing community in Barking and Dagenham.
  • Learning environment 
  • Communication tool
  • Transport drivers for that pick children and adults
  • Teachers, carer’s, medical profession
  • Special needs adults and children
WHEN: There will be an opportunity to learn how to make your own face-masks for more details please email the Sew London project on info[at]sewlondonproject.co.uk