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

Chief Executive Officer

John Gillespie

Ripple Centre

Chris Downham (Operations Manager)

Mala Alina (Administrator Reception)

Chris Gelderbloem (Facilities Manager)

Len Wilson (Caretaker)

Edward (Ted) Jolly (Caretaker)

Voluntary Sector Support

Corinne Welsh (Communications Officer)

Svitlana Zadorovska (Trainee Project Officer)

Our board

Rita Chadha (Chair)

Pip Salvador-Jones (Vice Chair)

Terry Miller (Treasurer)

Tony Lucas

Andrew O'Brien

Dennis Riley

Michael Wear

Getting in touch

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

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