The CSG’s story so far

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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 […]

COVID Relief Fund 2021: What did we do?

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In this blog Cameron, our Learning & Participation Manager, will take you through the process of our recent COVID Relief Fund – the what and how. Next week you will be able to read about what we’ve learned and what comes next. Back in March, we released £30,000 in the form of 10 grants to be given […]

Distributing funds, telling stories and building partnerships: a review of 2020

In this blog, BD Giving’s Cameron Bray shares what we’ve been up to through 2020. Image resource: Oksana_L on Depositphotos In September, the country marked half a year in a state of lockdown and I celebrated a full year of working for the charity, which seemed like good enough reasons to reflect on what has […]

Sustaining the community response: Our response to the review of civil society

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At the end of June, the Prime Minister asked Danny Kruger MP  ‘to consult with civil society organisations, local authorities, our colleagues in Parliament, and across government to develop proposals to maximise the role of volunteers, community groups, faith groups, charities and social enterprises, and contribute actively to the government’s levelling up agenda.’ In keeping […]

How the Rapid Response Fund was allocated

In the span of six weeks, the Rapid Response Fund has been launched and allocated with the last few payments being made by the end of this week. It feels very strange to be on the other side of things and even if we’re not quite finished yet, I wanted to take the opportunity to […]