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BD Giving Notes #53 – What Does Participation Look Like?

Participation is a word that we often hear in various contexts, such as education, work, politics, sports, and social activities. But what does it mean to participate? And who gets to decide how we participate? Our Head of Learning and Participation, Cameron Bray, looks to their past for an example of why we do not […]

Community investment in NextEnergy Solar Fund

Members of the community steering group and BD Giving staff are all wearing high-vis jackets and hard hats. They're standing in an empty field on a cloudy day, waving at the camera. Everyone looks happy.

The CSG has chosen to invest £250,000 into NextEnergy Solar Fund, a leading specialist solar energy and energy storage investment company with a mission to lead the transition to clean energy through solar power.

BD Giving Notes #47 – ‘’History is happening all the time‘’ 

Though our fund could only support eight businesses, the other ninety-something predominantly black-led businesses made us think deeply about our role in decolonising funding and the meaning of “purpose” in business. Kate Harmatz It’s really exciting when lots of things you’ve been working on over many years start to join up and tell a great […]

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, […]

GROW Fund Grantees’ Announcement!

Barking and Dagenham Giving is excited to announce the eight successful applicants to the stage of the GROW Fund.  Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance (BDYD) and Future MOLDS Communities The Boathouse Studios Company Drinks  Fruitful Orchard Grounded Coffee One Room Live and Area44 Sew London  Ultimate Counselling  About the GROW Fund Thanks to the many organisations […]

BD Giving Notes #43 – ‘’Looking Out For Each Other‘’

Good mental health is necessary for fostering interpersonal relationships and maintaining productivity within the team. As a small team, any wrinkle in our team synergy can derail communication and throw us off balance. Adeshola Adejare In this Note, for Mental Health Awareness Week the BD Giving team shares their mental well-being practices. As our last […]

BD Giving Notes #41 – “Leadership and Self-care‘’

I’m incredibly grateful for this discovery. It has allowed me to see certain patterns in a new light, become more attuned to my own emotions, and modify some of my behaviours accordingly. Géraud de Ville de Goyet In this Note, Géraud de Ville de Goyet writes about empathic leadership and the need for self-care. I […]

BD Giving Notes #40 – “My weapon of choice‘’ 

A few weeks ago, our Head of Learning & Participation finally finished their Level 4 training in Lewis Deep Democracy (LDD), marking the culmination of a development process that started in September 2020. Here, Cameron, reflects on what they’ve learned and what this means for their work.