Black History Month 2018 Review

BDCVS is working with the Council and local organisations that took part in Black History Month. We will be reviewing what went well and what can be improved.

A number of agencies have asked for the planning to start earlier.

We will kick-start the monthly planning meetings again in January for Black History Month 2019.

Do get in touch to comment on Black History Month 2018 or to register your interest in events for 2019.


Armed Forces Covenant

BDCVS is proud to be the first organisation in Barking & Dagenham to sign the new Armed Forces Covenant.

Signing commits us to a promise of mutual support between the civilian community and the local armed forces community.

This will be reflected in our recruitment policies for staff and volunteers. We will make sure our staff and trustees have the understanding and skills to work with veterans. Our staff and trustees will support the delivery and development of services for veterans.

You can find out more about the Covenant at GOV.UK.

BDCVS is hosting a series of meetings to help support agencies and organisations to work with veterans. The aim is to increase awareness of services locally.

For more information contact Skye Sandhu-Nelson.


Keep B&D Hate Free — Tackling Hate Crime, Extremism and Intolerance

BDCVS is looking to bring together more organisations that work on tackling Hate Crime, Extremism and Intolerance. To support the development of a new strategy for the borough.

We would like to hear from you if:

  • You work or volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation, and
  • You want your organisation's view reflected in the strategy’s development.

Contact: Rita Chadha.


State of the Borough Conference 2018

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD) hosted the State of the Borough conference on 27 September.

You can download a copy of the full State of the Borough 2018 report.

Chris Naylor's (Chief Executive, LBBD) State of the Borough report and Michael Green's Social Progress Index presentation slides are available. For a copy of the slides, email:

The Borough Data Explorer is a new tool that allows you to compare Barking & Dagenham's performance with the rest of London. Where data is available, you can visualise performance within each of the 17 wards and drill-down to smaller local areas. Try out the data explorer via the LBBD website.


Funding Masterclass

On Giving Tuesday, we are running a special Fundraising Masterclass featuring ideas on how to raise donations for your charity.

We will help you:

  • Register for Gift Aid
  • Sign up to the Barking & Dagenham Local Lottery
  • Explore options for crowdfunding
  • Understand how to create a membership and individual donor campaign

The Funding Masterclass is on Tuesday 27 November at BDCVS at the Ripple Centre from 10am to 12noon.

For more information, or to book a place, email:


Trustees' Week 12–16 November

Trustees' Week is an annual event to celebrate the work of trustees. It raises awareness of the opportunities for a wide range of people to get involved.

We are running a special training session for groups on Monday 12 November.

"Everything you needed to know about being a good Trustee/Director"

  • Be a good trustee, understanding the new Code of Governance
  • How to manage governing
  • File your own accounts and statements to the Charity Commission and Companies House
  • How to recruit additional trustees

This highly interactive session will provide an overview of all the key things you need to know. See our Events page for details.


Menopause Workshops

There are more than 11 million women over the age of 45 in the UK. This is according to the Office of National Statistics 2011 Census. The number has been steadily increasing and is forecast to continue to rise. The associated increase in the number of women going through the menopause will have an impact on health services. More GP consultations, new referrals to secondary care for short-term symptom control, and associated long-term health issues, are factors.

The failure of businesses to support female employees, effectively, through the menopause currently costs the UK economy millions each year. A recent report by the Government Equalities Office estimates annual absence-related losses at around £7.3 million.

Lack of understanding around the process means the menopause is having a serious impact on UK women’s economic participation. There are now more women over the age of 50 in British workplaces than ever before. By 2020, one-in-three workers is expected to be in the over-50 age group: rendering the issue more pertinent than ever.

With ambitious boardroom diversity and gender pay gap deadlines to meet, employers need to take the issue seriously.

We are running two workshops on 14 November to raise awareness and provide practical support.

The first of these is a women-only session for women living, working or studying in Barking and Dagenham. For women who are looking for solutions to manage menopause symptoms at work and home.

The second is open to all. It is for employers and volunteer managers. For line managers who want to support female team members working through the menopause.

Both sessions will be led by menopause expert Julie Dennis. Find out more on our Events page.


BDCVS Trustees

BDCVS is looking for additional trustees to help it promote the not-for-profit sector, locally, within one of the most deprived and disadvantaged boroughs in the country.

We can guarantee: never a dull moment; a commitment to championing the underdog; and a can-do progressive approach, full of humour and passion.

This is ongoing recruitment. Applications will be considered as they are received. Up until December 2018, we are particularly eager to hear from people with experience, expertise and skills in the following areas.

  • Regeneration, urban planning
  • Communication and design
  • Voluntary Sector workforce development
  • Local Government
  • IT (Tech for Good)
  • Corporate relations/working with business
  • Financial Modelling for sustainable development/financial legacy development

For further information see our recruitment page on the CharityJob website.


Changing the legal requirements for divorce

The Government is seeking views on how to change the law to reduce family conflict during divorce proceedings.

Under current law, anyone seeking a divorce must either prove their partner is at fault or the couple must live apart for a substantial period of time.

Both routes can cause additional stress and upset for the divorcing couple. This can be detrimental to the outcomes for them and any children. There have been wide calls to reform the law, often framed as removing the concept of "fault".

See Reform of the legal requirements for divorce on the Ministry of Justice website for more information.

The consultation closes on 10 December 2018.