Warm spaces 2023-2024

Together with our local partners we’ve created a network of warm spaces across the borough for you, including in some of our Community Hubs.

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Warm Spaces are relaxed places where anyone is welcome, they are inclusive and accessible for anyone and provide a local neighbourhood space to spend the day.

They are friendly spaces that offer a little some extra for people to enjoy during the day, this could be a space that offers arts and crafts, board games, toddler zones or place spaces, knitting and crochet, computers, wifi access and snacks and refreshments.

It’s a space where visitors can come and go as they please with no need to pre-book and free access.

Map of Warm Spaces

You can view an interactive map of Warm Spaces in Barking and Dagenham

 

List of Warm Spaces with their facilities

The Disablement Association of Barking & Dagenham

Type of Space: Social Activities for over 60’s

Address: 42-48 Parsloes Avenue

Phone: 0330 054 2500

Email: info@dabd.org.uk

Website: www.dabd.org.uk

What’s on offer?

Safe, warm comfortable place with refreshments plus

•Use of TV and internet

•Board games, cards, and similar table pastimes

•A small range of books and magazines

•Access to our ‘in-house’ Community Fridge (food bank) also at our Parsloes office

•Other complimentary services provided by DABD inc. Eating healthily on a budget, energy efficiency practical advice, Welfare Benefits support & advice etc, etc

Schedule and Opening Hours

Wednesday to Friday, 10am-2pm 

Free activities and schedule:

See ‘what’s on offer’ section

Languages Spoken:

Predominately English within the ‘warm space’. Albeit we have a number of staff who speak and have knowledge of other languages that work out of our Parsloes office.

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access, Accessible Toilet, Baby Changing Facilities, Free Wifi and Computer Access, Parking

 

Barking Muslim Association

Type of Space: Mosque

Address: 2 Victoria Road

Phone: 0208 478 8526

Email: info@barkingmosque.org.uk

Website: https://www.barkingmosque.org.uk

What’s on offer?

Moroccan tea/coffee, sitting room with Moroccan style sofas and tables . The area is well stocked with refreshments and has under floor heating providing a warm welcoming and relaxing environment. Company and chit chat comes with the service 

Schedule and Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday 8am to 6pm

Saturday 8am to 6pm

Additional Support services:

Counselling and bereavement support

SEN services for children

Pensioners meal on Fridays

Food club

Free activities and schedule:

Varied - please ask 

Languages Spoken:

English, Urdu, Pathan, Bengali, Patwari

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access, Accessible Toilet, Free Wifi and Computer Access, Parking - first come first serve basis

 

Barking Churches Unite (The Source)

Type of Space: Neighbourhood Shop turned Community Living Space

Address: 37a Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Barking. IG11 8DH

Phone: 02085942404

Emailthesourcebarking@gmail.com

Website: www.barkingchurchesunite.org

What’s on offer?

Tea, coffee and soft drinks and snacks will be available free of charge and there will be opportunities for our visitors to join in other activities eg craft sessions, knit and natter or chair zumba. Our staff are good listeners and can also be on hand if any signposting or support with form filling is needed.

Schedule and Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm

Additional Support services:

On inquiry

Free activities and schedule

Tea and textiles Monday 10am-12pm

Chair Zumba (please phone for times)

Knit and Natter Thursday 11am-1pm

Languages Spoken:

English

Accessibility:

Wheelchair Access, Free Wifi and Computer Access, Accessible Toilet, Baby Changing Facilities, Parking

 

St. Mary’s Church Becontree

Type of Space: Church

Address: St Mary's Church, Grafton Road, RM8 3ET

Phone: 02085922822

Email: church@stmarysbecontree.org.uk

Website: stmarysbecontree.org.uk

What’s on offer?

We have a church cafe space with tables and chairs. It is well-lit, heated and hot drinks are provided.

Schedule and Opening Hours

Wednesday Cafe 1pm-3pm         

Thursday Craft Group 2pm-3.30pm

Friday Community Choir 7pm-9pm     

The church is open during these times. Hospitality and a warm space is provided

Accessibility

Toddler/Children's Space, Accessible Toilet

 

Harmony Christian Ministries

Type of Space: SMALL HALL

Address: 23-27 Kemp road, RM8 1ST

Phone: 020 8597 1110

Email: min@hccentre.org.uk

Website: www.hccentre.org.uk

What’s on offer?

A warm space, Tea and coffee, Biscuits, Canned Soups

Schedule and Opening Hours

Tuesday to Friday 10am to 6pm

 Languages Spoken:

English language

Accessibility:

Wheelchair Access, Accessible Toilet, Baby Changing Facilities, Toddler/Children's Space

 

Community Resources for Change

Type of Space: Community Hall

Address: Castle Point 163 Bennett's Castle Lane Dagenham RM8 3YJ

Phone: 020 8227 1927

What’s on offer?

Our space is a large, warm room which can be sub-divided into two spaces. Tables and chairs are arranged as appropriate depending on the activity. Hot and cold drinks are available as are craft materials, toys etc. We have sessions running throughout the week. Many of these are drop ins and all are welcome without prior booking. Other sessions do need to be booked but people are still welcome to come in anyway and have a cup of tea.

Schedule and Opening Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 3pm (but always best to phone to check)

Tuesday 9am - 6pm December to March

Accessibility:

Wheelchair Access, Baby Changing Facilities, Toddler/Children's Space, Parking, Accessible Toilet

 

Kingsley Hall

Type of Space: Large Café Style Room

Address: Kingsley Hall, Parsloes Avenue, RM9 5NB

What’s on offer?

Open and accessible warm community hub for all of the community to come and relax, participate in community activities, receive information, advice and guidance or a listening ear with some food or a hot drink.

Schedule and Opening Hours

Monday to Fridays 9am -3pm

Accessibility:

Wheelchair Access, Accessible Toilet, Baby Changing Facilities, Toddler/Children's Space, Free Wifi and Computer Access

 

Hedgecock Community Centre

Type of Space: Community Hall

Address: 28 Stephen Jewers Gardens, IG11 9FA

Email: Info@hedgecockcentre.org.uk

What’s on offer?

Various activities from board games (including chess) to arts and crafts, carrom board etc. Larger items such as pool table and table tennis can be provided on Wednesday before our youth club begins. We will also be able to provide a self-service tea/coffee in the kitchen with biscuits to compliment the tea/coffee. Free guest wifi available on-site.

Schedule and Opening Hours

Monday - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Tuesday - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Wednesday - 4 pm - 5:30 pm (Pool and table tennis available)

Thursday - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Accessibility:

Wheelchair Access

 

All Council Community Hubs listed below are offering warm spaces this year and have been doing so since October 2023.

  • Barking Learning Centre, Barking Library, 2 Town Square, Barking, IG11 7NB
  • Dagenham Library, 1 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, RM10 9QS
  • Thames Community Hub, (Sue Bramley) Bastable Avenue, Barking, IG11 0LH
  • Marks Gate Library, Rose Lane, Dagenham, Romford, RM6 5NJ
  • Robert Jeyes Library, Chadwell Heath Community Centre, High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 6AS
  • Valence Library, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT
  • Village Community Hub, (Leys) Wellington Avenue, Dagenham, RM10 9XW
  • Heath Community Hub, (William Bellamy) Frizlands Lane, Dagenham, RM10 7HX
  • Park Centre, Rectory Road, Dagenham, RM10 9SA