Coronavirus Update

9 April 2020

We’re pleased to announce that the Trustees have decided to fund two ideas which are responding to the coronavirus.

The first grant has been made to BDYD to support the development of e-learning, particularly in regards to its leadership programme.

The 12-week programme, which aims to equip three young people with the foundational skills and knowledge to become dance instructors. Originally designed as an after-school in-person activity,  the programme will now be delivered online by a course leader.

The money will pay for the time of the course leader, the project manager, and data for the young people to enable them to use video-conferencing software.

We are interested in seeing how the programme develops and will be sharing the experiences of the staff and students in the hope that this will be of use to others in the borough.

The second bid which has been funded comes from Company Drinks, which was looking for funding to sustain the Barking Grow Club.

The club normally meets for a few hours and learns horticultural skills in a safe and relaxing environment. Of course, the lockdown has meant that these meetings have had to be suspended.

Instead of meeting and gardening together, the idea which is being tested is to see if the needs of the community can still be met by growing  and sharing ‘care packages’ containing herbal teas and remedies.

The grant will be used to cover all the gardening equipment, some staff time, and the costs associated with distributing the packages.

We’re very interested in seeing how the community responds to this way of connecting. We’re looking forward to hearing about their experiences over a nice cup of tea when we can all see each other again!

Hopefully, this has given you some insight into the sort of work we are supporting at the moment. If you’ve got some ideas of your own that you want to develop, please get in touch.

26 March 2020

At an emergency meeting of our board of Trustees last night, it was decided that the grant making of B&D Renew will continue.

In response to the current situation, the board wants to support members of the community who have been spurred into action by the crisis, particularly those who are engaging with their community for the first time.

To this end, we will be considering applications for small grants to support ideas which are responding to the new needs of communities. We would still like our funding relationship to be personal, so would only be able to fund ideas which Cameron can support remotely.

If you wish to apply, please email us or call Cameron on 07756 227 491. If you have the capacity to do video chats, we would like to use these as well.

The board will make regular decisions and we will get the money to you as soon as a decision is made.

23 March 2020

Due to the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all face-to-face meetings for the foreseeable future.

This means that, unless ideas can be developed and supported using video or phone calls, we will not be able to give out funding.

However, this does not mean we have stopped working. We are currently exploring ways that we can help support the community spirit which has sprung up across the borough.

If you have any ideas for us, which we can share with our partners and funders, please let us know via our usual contact methods. We need to hear from the community if we are to figure out how our resources can be best used.

We will continue to update this page as we have more information.

Please make sure you stay informed about the latest advice by looking on the NHS website.

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