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Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council

2 August 2016 ·

This afternoon I joined her Worshipful the Mayor, Cllr Eileen Keller as she received Joan Brandon, Jonathan Gildersleeve and members from the Volunteer Bureau, who presented the council with a framed ‘Past and Present’ artwork.

I am extremely proud of the work both Joan and Jon and their community of volunteers do to support people across the borough.

'Past and Present' was designed by Jon Gildersleeve, Jimmy Lee and Donna Dennis.

In 2015 the Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council Darren Rodwell and Major of Barking and Dagenham Elizabeth Kangethe with Joan Brandon, Jon Gildersleeve and Lynne Hopkins from the Volunteer Bureau presented the council with a framed 'Jigsaw' to celebrate One Borough One Community. 'Jigsaw' was designed by
Jon Gildersleeve and Donna Dennis.

Lynne and Pauline both from Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre supporting National Mental Health Day in October 2017, promoting the services we offer the residents of Barking and Dagenham.

Surplus food now being supplied to Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Soup Kitchen and feeding London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Homeless Hostels and street homeless,

Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Get Together Groups for lonely, vulnerable and lonely and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham low income families.

All thanks to Neighbourly and Lidls Great Britain

Here are a few of the organisations Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre work in partnership with and have volunteer opportunities.

Please contact Joan and Lynne at Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre by email JEBRANDON30@OUTLOOK.COM requesting an appointment to come in for an initial chat.

Creative Barking and Dagenham

CBD commissions high quality, ambitious, locally-owned, art projects across Barking and Dagenham, and especially in areas with little cultural provision.

In the first two years of CBD:

Health Psychology Management Organisation Services (HP-MOS) operates as a not for profit Organisation and is a first and second Tier Organisation that has been in operation since 2006. The Organisation is a registered charity and a registered company limited by guarantee in the UK. As a 1st Tier organisation, we offer a range of psychological and social wellbeing training strategies, mental and physical health training services, one to one and group counselling training, using different therapeutic approaches.

Operating as a 2nd Tier Organisation allows us to focus on Workforce/Professional/Business and Infrastructure Development with the aims of improving health, work and wellbeing outcomes in organisational training strategies. We engage in empirical research development with proven quantitative and qualitative methodologies with policy implications. We additionally work with European partners on a number of European projects to improve mental, physical, social, educational, environmental and economic wellbeing with many diverse projects.

From September 2015, the residents of Barking & Dagenham will have access to an additional source of volunteer support thanks to a new partnership between Barking & Dagenham College and Barking & Dagenham Volunteer Bureau. The partnership will give students on the College’s BTEC Extended Diploma in Uniform Public Services the opportunity to fulfil volunteer roles which, as well as providing a valuable service to local people, will enhance their employability skills.

Lynne Hopkins from the Volunteer Bureau and Tim Bamforth-White, Curriculum Team Leader for Public Services at the College will coordinate the initiative to match the students to the volunteer opportunities.

Tim said, "This partnership represents a fantastic opportunity for all concerned. Our students, in their final year at College before seeking employment, will benefit from real work placements that will help them develop their employability skills – skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and effective communication. The Volunteer Bureau, through Lynne, will identify those organisations and people who represent the best match for the skills offered by our students, and ensuring that the residents of the Borough get the maximum benefit.”

As a Members owned club Dagenham & Redbridge FC has always relied on the support of its Full Members and Supporters in a number of ways and has many volunteers who regularly assist the club.

During the close season a number of big and small general maintenance jobs are required to be completed in readiness for the coming season.

We are therefore looking for volunteers to help out whichever way they can and would ask that anyone interested in assisting to contact the club secretary with your name, contact telephone number or e-mail address and times when you can be available. He will then make up a schedule of volunteers.

As well as helping out your club this is a great way of keeping in touch with fellow supporters.

Mark Southgate can be contacted by e-mail, or telephone 0208-592-1549 ext 29.

We are managed, controlled and run, by and for disabled people. We are are a registered charity in England and Wales. Our company, is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and managed, controlled and run, by and for disabled people. We are are a registered charity in England and Wales. Our company, is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

As a charity our objectives centre upon:

of socially and/or economically disadvantaged members of our local community in Barking and Dagenham and its neighbouring boroughs. Our main focus is on the support of people who have a learning/physical disability or have mental health needs or other complex issues. We do this by providing support, information, advice and guidance across a range of training programmes and other meaningful activities which help our beneficiaries to identify their needs and enable them to fulfil their potential and participate more fully in society.

Home for Good, Barking and Dagenham Faith Forum and Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre have got together to form this amazing project with the mission to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives.

Settling into new accommodation, whilst getting to know a new area, can be extremely challenging, particularly so for people who have experienced homelessness.

Each Home for Good Volunteer uses their local knowledge & their social skills to empower the client they are matched with to put down roots & make connections in their area.

A Barking and Dagenham community magazine that communicates and raises achieved goals in the borough by publishing and celebrating the events and services.

Silent Secret Ltd is a safe social media platform for young people, between the ages of 11 to 19, to express themselves freely and anonymously. This was inspired by Frank Warren’s demonstration of the extent to which people are willing to share when their identity is taken away from them. It is a young people led platform, because young people understand young people. Silent Secret Ltd promotes the mental health and wellbeing of young people, encouraging peer to peer support and self management.

We assist community and voluntary groups in their efforts to become sustainable and provide a range of capacity building. We provide 1 to 1 support around Business Planning, Writing a Fundraising Strategy and Marketing Strategy. We have also provided advice and guidance to groups on:


Charity Registration

Identifying and applying for funding


Planning and Organising events


Sycamore Trust U.K. aim to offer a range of services specifically designed to support families, educate the community and empower individuals of all ages to flourish and be valued members of society.

Our volunteers are the real heart of Studio 3 Arts. As a community-focused organisation, we couldn’t do our work even half as well, if it wasn’t for the support, knowledge, passion and commitment of our team of volunteers.

Our volunteers mean a lot to us- we are really grateful that people would consider sharing their time and skills with us.

Ranging in age from 14 to 87, our volunteers support not only the day-to-day life of the company, but they also support the care of the venue and the delivery of our portfolio of arts projects

Wellgate Community Farm exists as a focus for community, creating an opportunity for people to grow, make a positive contribution and promote social cohesion. Committed to providing a safe, inclusive place for individuals and groups to develop emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually within a working farm environment through opportunities, including:


Set up by volunteers in 1982, volunteering remains at the heart of the Farm both as a means to exisit and a reason to. There are many different ways to volunteer at Wellgate that will cater to most interests, ages and abilities. If you have time to spare you could help with the animals, in the garden, with maintenance and administration.

Farming Through the Ages Activity Days

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund the Farming Through the Ages project provides free Farmer for Day, Gardner for a Day and Crafting experiences.

bMoneywize is an award winning, youth-oriented social enterprise based in East London’s Barking borough with the aim to increase financial literacy and numeracy skills for young people using fun, interactive educational tools and methods.

Recently nominated "Best new product" at the Corporate Entrepreneur Awards 2015, designed by teenagers, our solution is a fun, interactive, engaging financial literacy and numeracy board game, that supports the Department of Education’s drive to shape a finance-integrated PHSE and Maths school curriculum from September 2014.

Statistics suggest that 4 in 5 adults have poor numeracy! Also Numeracy in UK is at a low compared to other European countries and is linked to poor health and low wages (Source: National Numeracy). Our money game has been endorsed by our Council and Education department for use within our local borough (Barking and Dagenham) primary and secondary schools.

The game is part of a wider financial education programme which aims to instil good money management skills in children from an early age. We recently had a game launch event where a range of adults, decision makers, parents and children played the money game.

Our Local Councillor Lynda Rice said of the game “It’s fun, informative and quick paced. That’s what kids like, and that’s what I like too. We’re looking forward to watching the children enjoy, play and learn.” The “Moneywizer” game, teaches children how to spend, borrow and budget responsibly.

Team London was established to build on the immense success of volunteering during the 2012 Games.

Whether it’s cleaning up the environment or volunteering at one of the capital’s great events, Team London mobilises the community spirit and enthusiasm of Londoners to make a difference.

Team London is building the next generation of volunteers, connecting young people with their communities and giving them the skills, networks and experiences that they need to find work.

We are also bringing businesses and the third sector together to increase impact across the capital.

Over the past three years we have been:

Watch the video and then ask yourself, when do I sign up to become a volunteer