AJ Haastrup: Our Power as a Collective Agency

AJ Haastrup, co-founder of One Room Live is on stage

AJ Haastrup is the co-founder of One Room Live, an organisation dedicated to promoting fitness and well-being, as well as various forms of self-expression through the use of artistic and digital media. The organisation received funding through the Rapid Response Fund to do its first festival, which ended up as an online event due to 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 […]

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 […]

Jane Shetewi

My name is Jane Shetewi and I live with my husband, my 20-year-old daughter and my 17-year-old son. I had been mentoring Year 7 students at a local school, but this has stopped during the COVID-19 lockdown; since then I have found various ways to maintain connections with my community. During the lockdown, I have […]

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 […]

Wumi Oyewole

Let joy be a carrying tool in hard times. Wumi Oyewole has a vision to create a world full of radiance, creativity and confidence. A mum of two sons and married to Adeyinka, Wumi is currently contracted to work in local government and works from home in the field of children’s social care. After taking […]

Hannah Kupoluyi

Hannah Kupoluyi is the founder of All Women’s Network which started the ‘Birth Your Vision Coaching Programme’ in January of 2020. The ‘Birth Your Vision Coaching Programme’ was funded by The Faith & Belief Forum and LBBD. This followed her award-winning achievement in 2019 from Faith & Belief Forum with her work in empowering women […]