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SENspired’s incredible summer journey: fun every day!

SENspired Summer 2023

Our summer program was a month of pure joy, happening from Monday to Sunday. Each day was bursting with excitement, a typical week looked like this: Monday’s Sensory Storytelling: We travelled to far-off lands through stories that tickled our senses. Pirates, fairies, and talking animals made our imaginations dance! Tuesday’s Dribblers and Scribblers and Holiday […]

A summer to remember

Summer Sessions - Barking Riverside

Named the “Summer Sessions”, this summer saw the longest continuous programme of events at Barking Riverside’s riverfront. The Summer Sessions, which just ended in mid-September, was a 10-week programme of food, drinks, activities and events, all happening along the River Thames at Barking Riverside. Following on from last year’s “By the River” programme, this year’s […]

Jus Jammin: new live music night funds community workshops

Jus Jammin - Autumn Issue

Hi all, I’m the founder of Healthy Mind Healthy Grind (HMHG), which is a non-profit organisation set up to deliver health and wellness activities within the community. We currently deliver plant-based cooking workshops in schools and local community centers to educate young people and families about the benefits of cooking simple, healthy meals on a […]

DJ Cuppy comes to Factory 15 at MAKE IT Barking

DJ Cuppy - MAKE IT Barking

The Yard event held at Factory 15 on 17th August was a truly fantastic evening, from start to finish. To have such a huge name as DJ Cuppy in Barking was so surprising to my friends and I; as soon as we heard about it, we knew we had to go! From arriving in Barking […]

Wander Wild Forest School secures £10K funding

Wander Wild - Barking food Forest

Encouraging local families to get closer to nature, Wander Wild Forest School has been awarded a significant funding boost of £10,000 from London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD)’s Neighbourhood Fund (NCIL). Supported by Thames Life, our family-run forest school, situated at the heart of the community, is set to use the grant to continue […]

Grounded is awarded BD Giving’s GROW Fund

My name is Dana McWilson. I live in Dagenham and work in Barking Riverside in a coffee shop called Grounded Co-operative. I got involved with Grounded through a charity called Everyone Everyday and was trained for six weeks alongside six of my co-workers. I wanted to get involved in the project because I wanted to […]

Changing, yet changeless…

Barking Belonging

I was “born n bred” in Barking as the saying goes, into a welfare state with free healthcare, decent affordable housing, proper pensions, and free education. Quite a change from the situation many young people find themselves in these days! Technically, I’m an “Essex Boy”, because Barking was in Essex.. until 1965! I attended the […]

We need more security

Barking Riverside Security Co-Op

In May, I popped to our local Co-op to buy some hummus to go with our dinner. When I got to the self-checkout, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a man behind the till with a screwdriver. At first, I thought it must be an employee trying to fix something, but when […]

New places and spaces open at Barking Riverside

BRL Infrastructure - Linear Park

This autumn, Barking Riverside welcomes the opening of the Visitor Centre and a new Linear Park, as well as a protected habitat for some furry friends. Situated in the centre of Barking Riverside’s Northgate neighbourhood, the initial sections of a new Linear Park – which is a public space that will be available for the […]