BD Giving Notes – #13 ‘The first ‘returns’ on our investment’

Participation takes time and resources but the outcome is larger numbers of people who not only feel able but are able to make change happen in their community.  Cameron Bray About a year ago, BD Giving recruited a group of local people to help us design an Investment Policy for the Barking & Dagenham’s Community […]

Project work update

Click the image to download You have hopefully seen the updates from our Community Steering Group over the last few months, detailing their exciting journey as they put together a community-designed investment policy for the charity. The last few weeks have seen us slowly returning to in-person meetings across a number of areas of our […]

The CSG’s story so far

A group of people, gathered together, smiling for the camera

After 4 months, lots of learning, questioning, and more than a few laughs, now is a good time to share the B&D Community Steering Group’s journey so far.

Our bold approach to learning & participation

Barking & Dagenham Giving is pleased to announce the publication of our first ever Learning and Participation strategy where we articulate our bold approach to grant-making. Since 2020 we have distributed over £200,000 in grants using participatory means and aim to at least match that amount in 2022/23. While we’ve published a number of blogs and […]

Communities’ Pot – Grant announcements!

Barking & Dagenham Giving is pleased to announce the twenty recipients of the Communities’ Pot, who will each receive a grant of £1,500.00. This fund was delivered by BD Giving in partnership with LBBD council using a participatory grant-making process. A panel of local residents worked collaboratively over a fortnight to assess applications and make their […]

Closed Collective Model: Week Seven – Getting on the same page

Closed Collective Model: Week Seven – Getting on the same page Due to some timetabling and miscommunications, we had a slightly smaller group meeting today and didn’t use all the time we set aside for it. It’s important to mark when things don’t go to plan because it gives us the opportunity to learn how […]

Closed Collective Model: Week Six – Exploring possibilities

Closed Collective Model: Week Six – Exploring possibilities A note at the start about language: I am a disabled person and I sit on the board of a disability charity. In both my day-to-day life and that role, I do not use what is known as ‘person-first language’ (e.g. a person with disabilities) but instead […]

Closed Collective Model – Weeks Four & Five: Standing together

Closed Collective Model – Weeks Four & Five: Standing together Due to time constraints, I suggested to the group that I combine the blog for weeks four and five given that they covered many of the same themes and ideas around funding. They accepted this suggestion.  We seem to have settled on using ‘One good/one […]

Closed Collective Model – Week Three: Painting a Picture

Closed Collective Model – Week Three: Painting a Picture After some technical hiccups on my end, We started the session with a check-in led by Georgina from BDYD, who asked the group to reflect on how they were feeling in that moment and to describe how they felt as a colour. What we heard was […]