About

Barking & Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service (BDCVS) champions civil society in the east London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. We provide practical support to voluntary sector groups and organisations. We work in strategic partnership with the public sector and funders.

We manage a community building, the Ripple Centre in Barking, where we are based. The Ripple Centre is a modern building with versatile meeting and training rooms, office space, and a large function hall.

We have a small staff team, which is led by a voluntary board.

Our staff

Ripple Centre

Chris Downham (Operations Manager)

Mala Alina (Reception Manager)

Parissé Devaux (Reception Manager)

Saif Alamery (Caretaker)

Steve Campbell (Caretaker)

Amor Elakermi (Caretaker)

Hassan Hajaig (Caretaker)

Jane Peck (Caretaker)

John Smith (Caretaker)

Sue West (Caretaker)

Voluntary Sector Support

Ioannis Mathioudakis (Programmes Manager)

Mala Alina (Community Relationship Manager)

Corinne Welsh (Communications Manager)

Our board

Pip Salvador-Jones (Chair)

Nighat Bhola

Syed Ghani

Sarah Robertson

Sharon Thomas

Karen West-Whylie

Our Advisors

Keith Smith (Localities, Disability Equality)

Getting in touch

You can email us directly. Our staff email address format is firstname.surname@bdcvs.org.uk.

For more details, a map, directions, and phone number, see our Contact page.