Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise (VCSE) consultation

Barking & Dagenham Council is consulting on its strategy for working with the social sector.

"This strategy sets a four-year vision for strengthening the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VSCE) in Barking and Dagenham, and for building on some of the great ideas that emanate from the community to meet our ambitions for the borough."

It aims to:

  • Build capacity
  • Increase civic participation, and
  • Facilitate collaboration in the sector.

To achieve this, it sets the foundations of a new local giving model that will help channel resources where they are most needed. It seeks to widen the space for voluntary and community groups. It proposes measures to work towards more trust-based relationships across organisations and with the Council.

The Council wants to have an open conversation about voluntary, community and social enterprise:

  • What is working well?
  • What challenges does the social sector face?
  • What can the Council do to strengthen the sector further?

The Council will consider all views when finalising the strategy. Go to the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Consultation Portal for more information and to complete a survey. Download the full draft strategy and a three-page summary.

The deadline for responses is 10 January 2019.


Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019–2023 Consultation

A new Health and Wellbeing Strategy is required, in Barking & Dagenham, for 2019–2023. This follows on from the 2015–2018 Strategy. It is a requirement of the Health and Care Act 2012.  

The strategy sets a renewed vision for improving the health and wellbeing of residents and reducing inequalities at every stage of people's lives.

The priority themes were agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board, in January 2018, based on the 2017 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

The three priority themes are:

  1. Best Start in Life
  2. Early Diagnosis and Intervention
  3. Building Resilience

Barking & Dagenham Council has run 12 focus groups with residents to formulate "I" statements in the strategy. These outline what "good health" looks like to residents. They are included within each theme of the strategy. The Council also held 3 professional stakeholder workshops to discuss the outcomes and measures in each theme.

The Council is now seeking the views of residents on the draft document. This will shape the Health and Wellbeing Board partners' priorities until 2023.

The deadline for responses is 31 December 2018.


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.


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.


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.


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:

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.


BDCVS Trustees

BDCVS is looking for additional trustees to help it promote the not-for-profit sector, locally, within one of the most deprived and disadvantaged boroughs in the country.

We can guarantee: never a dull moment; a commitment to championing the underdog; and a can-do progressive approach, full of humour and passion.

This is ongoing recruitment. Applications will be considered as they are received. Up until December 2018, we are particularly eager to hear from people with experience, expertise and skills in the following areas.

  • Regeneration, urban planning
  • Communication and design
  • Voluntary Sector workforce development
  • Local Government
  • IT (Tech for Good)
  • Corporate relations/working with business
  • Financial Modelling for sustainable development/financial legacy development

For further information see our recruitment page on the CharityJob website.