BD Giving Notes #45 – ‘’Pride, Place and Progress‘’

As a Trustee for BD Giving, I am proud to be involved with an organisation working towards inclusivity in the borough… BD Giving is rooted in local communities, and their core values of collaboration, inclusion, and learning directly align with the ethos LGBTQ+ communities need to thrive within the borough. Andrew Kerr In this Note, […]

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 […]

Natalie Smith: Being Brave

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.

Carole Pluckrose: Innovation and excitement

My name is Carole Pluckrose and I am the Artistic Director and Board Member of the Boathouse Barking, where I work as both a curator and a decision-maker. During the lockdown, our project involved putting together an online wellness festival which we co-curated with Soul Stretch Events that does similar work, such as Green Man […]

Ros Alexander: Keeping Carnival Alive

UKON Careers CIC was given a grant from our Renew Fund to take their Carnival activities online. They used this to make and send craft packs into the community, who would use the packs to participate in online activities, such as mask-making. Tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Ros and I […]

Aislinn Evans: Building a new world

Aislinn Evans is a 20-year-old artist, youth worker, and cat-lover who has recently embarked into university to study Fine Art. During lockdown, they dedicated time to work on a Minecraft project with young people, using our Renew funding, which aimed to help participants develop collaborative and social-emotional skills. How was your life affected by the lockdown? I was […]

Celebrating the people of Barking & Dagenham on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is an annual, global day of giving, where everyone, everywhere can do something to support the good causes that matter to them. This year, on 1st December, rather than asking for donations, Barking & Dagenham Giving is taking the chance to thank and celebrate local people for playing their part in keeping Barking […]