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Don’t be a tosser!

Sometimes a walk through the streets can leave you feeling deflated. It’s easy to come across discarded litter; wrappers, tissues, plastic bags, and fag-ends. Not quite sure why people carelessly toss litter on our streets. It is a mystery to most of us; litter bins are everywhere, and it’s as if the actions of a […]

Cultivating creativity in concrete jungles

Hi all, I’m Tommy, a born ‘n’ bread East Londoner. I left a life of crime to become a creative mentor specialising in electronic dance music and production. I founded an organisation called Starbass two years ago; we bring the underprivileged together, nurture and uncover their talent, publicly highlighting them in worn and torn abandoned […]

Exam tips to perform at your best

Horace Jackson Brown Jr said: “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” With exam season upon us, you may know someone or you may be experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety and a pressure to perform well. Of course, nervousness before an exam is normal, however too much stress can hinder one’s ability […]

Introducing Riverside Primary’s Newly-Formed PTA

The Riverside Primary Parents and Teachers Association (RPPTA) represents a diverse, aspirational group of local Barking Riverside parents who value the importance of Riverside Primary School within our new and evolving development. The RPPTA was established this year and we are a group of volunteer parents and teachers who are working together to bridge the […]

Youth call for Performing Arts Centre: building community, fostering talent

The RiverView Performing Arts Centre is an ongoing project to provide the community and Riverside students with a theatre in which they can practise and view a myriad of artistic and expressive productions such as fashion shows held by sixth form students and theatrical performances conducted by drama students, as well as a room that […]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: a review

It was a great pleasure to have been recently invited as a VIP to the gala night for the production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child performed by Riverside Secondary School students. The evening kicked off with drinks and canapés among a sea of local people including parents, members of various community groups, sixth […]

Reviving the Ripple Nature Reserve

Barking Riverside, our vibrant community, thrives with lively people and bustling activity. But amidst the hustle and bustle, there’s a noticeable absence: wild nature. It’s scarce, and what little remains is often closed off. Yet, as a community, why haven’t we come together to change this? Why not begin with the Ripple Nature Reserve? The […]

Residents are at the heart of the BRL CIC

The Barking Riverside Limited Community Interest Company, or BRL CIC for short, is a bespoke, not-for-profit organisation responsible for holding, managing and maintaining the Barking Riverside estate. It is responsible for outdoor spaces including roads, bicycle routes, parks, green spaces and areas of hard landscaping like public squares. This also means that it is responsible […]

GP drop-in clinics – meet the dream team

I had the pleasure of sitting down with the brains behind the GP drop-in clinics: Lucy Lee, local resident and health outreach officer for Thames Life, Zoinul Abidin, head of universal services at LBBD and GP Dr. Jagan John from Aurora Medcare. I got to find out more about who they are, what made them […]

Boujee in Barking: experience luxury at Empress Hair & Beauty

Introducing Erica, a passionate community researcher turned entrepreneur, with deep roots in Barking spanning 18 years. Erica’s journey began with the establishment of Empress Juicery in 2020, where her commitment to serving the community flourished. Empress Juicery isn’t just a business; it’s a wellness oasis born from Erica’s passion for promoting health and vitality within […]