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Social Prescribing Database

Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

We are compiling an online database of social prescribing opportunities. This is in response to requests from the local community and voluntary sector, the London borough of Barking & Dagenham, and Care City (currently under the auspices of NELFT).

These are services that your organisation may already be providing or is able to provide. They are services to patients of local GPs, hospitals, and residents using Council services. There is currently no remuneration available for the delivery of such services. BDCVS will continue to lobby and work for a full cost recovery model on behalf of the local not-for-profit sector.

If you would like to be included in the database, please download this form and send to info@bdcvs.org.uk.

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Mapping Children's Services

The Council is looking to map children's and young people's services in Barking & Dagenham. They are looking for details of not-for-profit agencies that deliver universal and targeted services. They are interested in services for children and young people (aged 0–18 years) and services for parents.

Contact Paula Sammon at the Council directly on 020 8227 2292 or by email paula.sammon@lbbd.gov.uk.

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Black History Month 2018 Review

BDCVS is working with the Council and local organisations that took part in Black History Month. We will be reviewing what went well and what can be improved.

A number of agencies have asked for the planning to start earlier.

We will kick-start the monthly planning meetings again in January for Black History Month 2019.

Do get in touch to comment on Black History Month 2018 or to register your interest in events for 2019.

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Armed Forces Covenant

BDCVS is proud to be the first organisation in Barking & Dagenham to sign the new Armed Forces Covenant.

Signing commits us to a promise of mutual support between the civilian community and the local armed forces community.

This will be reflected in our recruitment policies for staff and volunteers. We will make sure our staff and trustees have the understanding and skills to work with veterans. Our staff and trustees will support the delivery and development of services for veterans.

You can find out more about the Covenant at GOV.UK.

BDCVS is hosting a series of meetings to help support agencies and organisations to work with veterans. The aim is to increase awareness of services locally.

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Keep B&D Hate Free — Tackling Hate Crime, Extremism and Intolerance

BDCVS is looking to bring together more organisations that work on tackling Hate Crime, Extremism and Intolerance. To support the development of a new strategy for the borough.

We would like to hear from you if:

  • You work or volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation, and
  • You want your organisation's view reflected in the strategy’s development.

Contact: Rita Chadha.

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State of the Borough Report 2018

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD) hosted the State of the Borough conference on 27 September.

You can download a copy of the full State of the Borough 2018 report.

Chris Naylor's (Chief Executive, LBBD) State of the Borough report and Michael Green's Social Progress Index presentation slides are available. For a copy of the slides, email: CE-Strategy@lbbd.gov.uk.

The Borough Data Explorer is a new tool that allows you to compare Barking & Dagenham's performance with the rest of London. Where data is available, you can visualise performance within each of the 17 wards and drill-down to smaller local areas. Try out the data explorer via the LBBD website.

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