Recruiting Barking and Dagenham Collaborators

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit” (Harry S. Truman)

We are a collective of social infrastructure organisations in Barking and Dagenham that have set in motion an intentional rebuilding of collaboration and partnership in the social sector towards a more equitable model for strengthening neighbourhoods and communities.

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The partnership created by BD_Collective, Barking and Dagenham Giving, Barking & Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service (BDCVS), and Barking Enterprise Centre (BEC) aims to stimulate new opportunities in the borough, build capacity, grow cross-sector partnerships, and develop new forms of civic engagement by putting community participation in decision-making at the heart of our approach. This includes breaking the mould on how money is accessed and handing over key decisions to the community, such as decisions on investment and on grant giving.

As a partnership, we believe that the complex issues of poverty, inequality and environmental crisis cannot be solved by one sector of society alone. Collaboration is essential to build trust, and to deliver the systemic changes needed to solve these “wicked” issues.

Our ambition is to harness the collective financial and non-financial resources of the public, private and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sectors, together with those of local people, to deliver positive effect on people’s lives and enable our neighbourhoods to emerge from these challenging times stronger together.

To achieve this, we are excited to announce that the partnership is jointly recruiting for three posts.

  • Development Hub Coordinator: This post will be based in BDCVS to develop creative solutions to support local groups to increase their sustainability. Their role will be to develop a gateway so that infrastructure partners can collaboratively improve access to and provision of infrastructure support for VCSE organisations (Download Development Hub Coordinator Job Pack here ZIP file) closing date: Thursday 3 June.
  • Community Endowment Coordinator: this post will be based in BD Giving and will ensure that the ambitions and values of the borough’s new Community Endowment Fund are met. The Coordinator will work with the community to design an investment policy, and the mechanism by which the policy will be implemented and monitored. (Download Community Endowment Coordinator Job Description here PDF file) closing date: Sunday 23 May.
  • Network Coach: Based in Community Resources for the BD_Collective, the Network Coach will provide coaching support to up to six Network Leads over the next 9 months to create and nurture a highly functional and collaborative environment where organisations can find and help each other and flourish together. (Download Network Coach Role Specification here PDF file) closing date: Tuesday 25 May.

Each post will be pivotal to achieving our shared aspirations for a genuinely collaborative borough. While based in separate organisations, these roles will work closely to develop creative solutions that support local groups to increase their own sustainability by making the most of the partnership’s collective wisdom. By working together, the role holders will quickly familiarise themselves with the landscape of the borough, build an effective network and identify opportunities that increase our potential for collective impact.

The post holders must not only have experience of highly collaborative working but must be ambassadors for collaborative approaches to work, relationship building and social change. We expect the post holders will be in regular communication to share ideas, expertise and resources, to support and challenge each other, and to weave collaboration into the fibre of Barking & Dagenham’s VCSE.

Our context

Barking & Dagenham has one of the highest levels of socio-economic deprivation in the country. As of August 2020, over a third of children were affected by income deprivation, and the number of people claiming unemployment related benefit had jumped by 145% on a rate which was already one of the highest in London pre-pandemic.

The local VCSE sector has long played a central role in dealing with the sharp end of need. Yet, in the “messy” landscape amplified by years of austerity, the challenge for organisations has been to collaborate effectively whilst also trying to survive. The sector, one of the smallest in London had become very disconnected with a growing sense of mistrust.

The strategic alignment of the council and the VCSE following the adoption in 2017 of the Borough Manifesto, a vision for the borough to 2030, has opened a window of opportunity to strengthen the VCSE, and enable local people to create meaningful change for themselves, their family and their neighbourhood.

The pandemic itself has shone new light on the ambition, energy and passion of our community, with countless acts of generosity seen across the borough. Equally it has pushed many groups and organisations on the brink of financial collapse. A survey commissioned in August 2020 found over 40% of organisations showing a budget deficit resulting from the crisis, as well as 53% reporting increase in demand but also having funding bids rejected.

As we emerge from the pandemic we need to strengthen the resilience of the VCSE to better respond to needs of our communities, and we believe that collaboration needs to be at the heart of this response.

About us

Barking and Dagenham Giving: “We are a local funder with a simple belief: that the people affected by funding decisions should be the ones making those decisions. We see it as our mission to support everyone in Barking and Dagenham to play a part in creating meaningful change by uniting ideas, energy and resources around common causes.”

BD_Collective is a network of networks that brings the social sector of Barking and Dagenham together in partnership with others to participate, learn and innovate. “Our vision is to establish a strong, vibrant, collaborative social sector that addresses the issues of multiple disadvantages that many residents experience and at the same time empowers and equips local people to be part of the change helping them to find solutions to their own problems. We believe the ‘how and who’ is more important than the ‘what’ and so all we do (the how) is built on the PACT values (originally from the Civil Society Futures report): power sharing — accountability — connection — trust.”

Barking & Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service 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. BDCVS is a member of NAVCA (the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action).

Barking Enterprise Centre is a community interest company providing wraparound support to businesses across East London delivering accommodation, business support and training for startups, social sector organisations and small businesses.


Money in the Community

Money in the Community is a new initiative to tackle debt, financial hardship and fuel poverty in London. The project is a partnership between London debt and money advice specialists Money A+E and Fair Money Advice. It is funded by British Gas Energy Trust (BGET). The service supports Diverse Ethnic Communities and disadvantaged groups. It will target the economic harm done to those communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Money in the Community service is delivered by telephone or video. It will initially focus on relieving clients’ financial hardship through support with debt, benefits and emergency grants. Clients will be supported to improve their long-term financial stability, through training and guidance on budgeting, savings habits and making better energy choices. In this way the project aims to make long-term reductions in fuel poverty and reduce financial hardship.

To make a referral contact Money A + E.


Bereavement Counselling

Saint Francis Hospice has 6 months' funding to provide bereavement counselling to people whose loved one has died of COVID-19. The service is available across Barking & Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge. It is running until April 2021.

This is free, confidential and professional support via telephone or video.

You need to be over the age of 18 years to access the service.

Call 01708 753319 or email and ask for a member of the family support team. They will take your details for the bereavement team to contact you.


SHINE London

The Seasonal Health Intervention Network (SHINE) is a fuel poverty referral network and free energy advice service for Londoners. SHINE London offers a dedicated helpline and affordable warmth interventions. It aims to make sure households get the help they need. To help people reduce utility bills, tackle energy debt and ultimately stay well and warm.

SHINE accepts referrals for households of any tenure, with an income below £16,190 or where a households member falls under a SHINE target group:

  • Has a disability
  • Has a long-term health conditions worsened by the cold
  • Is a child under 15
  • Is an adult over 60

SHINE welcomes referrals from organisations in Barking & Dagenham of households living in Fuel Poverty who are struggling with their utility bills.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funds

Some organisations have launched funding programmes to help local organisations respond to the challenges of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Grants Online has published a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available.

The list will be updated regularly as and when information becomes available.


Food Banks in Barking & Dagenham

Bethel Christian Centre
020 8595 8211
170 Bennetts Castle Lane, Dagenham RM8 3XP


Hope Family Trust
020 8617 0660
Elim Centre, 93 Axe Street, Barking IG11 7LZ


Al Madina Mosque
020 8478 8526
2 Victoria Road, Barking IG11 8PY


Humdum Foodbank
07917 454 786
Ripple Centre, Barking IG11 7FN
Open: Saturdays from 12.30pm
Eligibility: Anyone in need is welcome
Donations: Deliveries can be dropped off at the Ripple Centre Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Contact: Chris Downham 020 8532 7323 (deliveries) or Nighat 07917 454 786 (Humdum Foodbank enquiries)


The Source Vicarage Field
020 8594 2404
Ripple Road, Barking IG11 8DH


020 8595 0122
104 New Road, Dagenham RM9 6PE


United Reform Church
07738 969180
Mill Lane, Chadwell Heath RM6 6RS


Salvation Army
020 8594 2964
240 Ripple Road, Barking IG11 7DJ



Lloyds Bank Foundation

The Lloyds Bank Foundation provides long-term funding and tailored support to help charities develop. It supports charities that have annual income of £25,000 to £1 million.

There are two levels of grants: up to £45,000 and up to £100,000.

They work with small and local charities helping people dealing with complex social issues that do not have simple solutions. They fund charities helping people whose lives are significantly affected by:

  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Mental health
  • Homelessness and vulnerably housed
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Care leavers
  • Learning disabilities
  • Addiction or dependency on alcohol, drugs, substances and/or gambling
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents
  • Asylum seekers and refugees


Code of Fundraising Practice

The new Code of Fundraising Practice came into effect on 1 October 2019. This is its first major redraft in almost a decade to improve its style, presentation, clarity and accessibility. The Code's fundraising standards apply to all charitable institutions and third party fundraisers in the UK.

The online version of the Code of Fundraising Practice is now easier to use and navigate and includes a Glossary of key terms.


National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust is a charity for people who love church buildings. Their work is dedicated to supporting places of worship of historic, architectural and community value used by Christian denominations.

The National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects through their grant programmes. From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet, and many other projects.

They offer four types of grant:

  1. Cornerstone between £10,000 and £50,000
  2. Gateway between £3,000 and £10,000
  3. Foundation Grants for Maintenance between £500 and £3,000
  4. Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grant up to £500


Marsh Christian Trust

The Marsh Christian Trust focuses on providing funding that could help small organisations pay for various running costs. Their funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for costs such as:

  • Volunteer expenses;
  • Training days;
  • Equipment maintenance; and
  • Other core outgoings.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £300–£2,000. Successful new applicants can expect to receive a grant at the lower end of this scale.

The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants. Subject to an annual review, it aims to continue its support over time.