This is Our Story is a resident network of local researchers who will share their observations and insights of the projects through stories, film and photos. If you have a background in, or would like to get involved in social research, this is an opportunity for you. Members of our community can report on, review and record the progress made across this innovative project.
The Great Cook is a project where people come together to batch cook meals. Everyone brings ingredients and takes home portions for the week.
There is no charge for taking part and each week there is a different recipe suggested by someone from the group. Do you have a favourite home recipe that you would like to share?
You might be unwell, pregnant… or just a bit tired from walking around with bags. Friendly shopkeepers are now signing up for Have a Seat. A really simple idea: to have a chair available near the door of the shop that welcomes shoppers to ‘have a seat’ for a while - without any expectation to buy anything. You will know which shops are participating - they will have the Have a Seat sticker on their window!
Barking and Dagenham has more green spaces than any borough in London. Along with the beautiful parks, the borough also has thousands of smaller pockets of green spaces. Residents would love to see some of these green spaces brought to life with new ideas, transforming them into useful spaces for growing, learning and playing.
Every One Every Day will be running 4 - 6 Business Development Programmes each year. These will be running on a few specialist themes based on the interests expressed by people in Barking and Dagenham. The borough already has one of London’s highest concentrations of businesses making and repairing products, from exclusive leather goods to sliced bread, from diesel fuel caps to jam.
Public office is a network of freelancers who meet to co-work for a few hours in a different space each week. Sessions are completely open, often based around different themes. Anyone can bring a laptop, or notepad and join the group to work with others. Bringing together freelancers and homeworkers, or people looking for employment creates more opportunities to meet others, share skills and build new projects and businesses.