Caretaker Vacancy

We are looking for new Caretakers.

You will be working for Barking & Dagenham CVS at the Ripple Centre, 121–125 Ripple Road, Barking IG11 7FN.

This is a zero hours contract and the rate of pay is £10.85 per hour.

Duties include:

  • Manning reception to facilitate the arrival of groups and individuals for meetings and events
  • Setting up rooms and the hall, arranging tables and chairs, and clearing away after
  • Setting up and putting away equipment
  • Unlocking and locking the building, and setting the alarm
  • Turning heating and lighting on and off at appropriate times
  • Maintaining the grounds and removing litter
  • Carrying out minor repairs in the building and grounds
  • Understanding fire safety regulations, health and safety regulations, emergency procedures, and rules for evacuating the building

The successful candidates must have excellent communication skills, and be smart and in appearance. You must be able to work alone and unsupervised, carrying out all duties to the best of your ability.

Contact Chris Downham on 020 8532 7323 for an informal chat about the job or to apply.


Money in the Community

Money in the Community is an 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. The service supports Diverse Ethnic Communities and disadvantaged groups. It targets the economic harm done to those communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Money in the Community service is delivered by phone or video. It focuses on relieving clients’ financial hardship through support with debt, benefits and emergency grants. Clients are 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.


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.


The Weavers' Company Benevolent Fund

The Weavers' Company Benevolent Fund supports work in the following areas:

  • Young Offenders
  • Prisoners and Ex-prisoners
  • Young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement

They are especially interested in helping smaller organisations which offer direct services. Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. The Company will consider funding up to £15,000 per annum and will normally award a grant for one year only.