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Library and Children's Centre events

Following the guidance from the government, we are suspending events/activities taking place at our libraries/children's centres until further notice. We will still be running the Community Food Club.

Libraries and Children's Centres offer so much more than books, study spaces, activities. We bring in many different services available in partnership with various partners. Libraries and Children's Centres offer regular activities for families, adults and children. During school holiday periods - we run special activities aimed at family and children.

Online events

Schedule of online activities for libraries, Children's centres and healthy lifestyles.

Online events 5 to 11 October Toggle accordion

DateActivityStart timeDescription
5 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
5 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
5 OctoberBaby Massage (invite only)10amEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
5 OctoberThe Hug Support Group via Zoom10.30amEmail thehugbarking@gmail.com
5 OctoberStory time - 5 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
5 OctoberCommunity Food Club11amWilliam Bellamy Children's Centre
5 OctoberYoga - 5 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
5 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 5 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
5 OctoberStop Smoking Peer Support - 5 October2pmOn Microsoft Teams
5 OctoberLEAN living - 5 October6pmOn Microsoft Teams
6 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline11amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
6 OctoberLEAN living - 6 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
6 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 6 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
6 OctoberCoffee morning - 6 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
6 OctoberChair based aerobics - 6 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
6 OctoberCommunity Food Club12pmBarking Learning Centre
6 OctoberStory time - 6 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
6 OctoberLine dancing - 6 October2pmOn Microsoft Teams
7 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
7 OctoberVirtual cooking - 7 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
7 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
7 OctoberCommunity Food Club11amMarks Gate Community Centre
7 October

HENRY Starting Solids (Invite Only) 

11.15amEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
7 OctoberSupple strength - 7 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
7 OctoberLEAN living - 7 October (am)12pmOn Microsoft Teams
7 OctoberKickboxing class - 7 October12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
7 OctoberKnit and natter - 7 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
7 OctoberLook listen and play - Play and learn workshop - 7 October1pmEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
7 OctoberLEAN living - 7 October (pm)2pmOn Microsoft Teams
8 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
8 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 8 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
8 OctoberCreative fun - 8 October11amOn Microsoft Teams
8 October

Back in the Day (when we were young) 

11amOn Microsoft Teams
8 OctoberYoung at heart quiz - 8 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
8 OctoberLEAN living - 8 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
8 OctoberStory time - 8 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
8 OctoberStop Smoking Peer Support - 8 October4pmOn Microsoft Teams
8 OctoberLEAN Beans - 8 October4.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
9 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
9 OctoberHiiT class - 9 October9.30amOn Microsoft Teams
9 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
9 OctoberGetting started - Introduction to Microsoft Teams - 9 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
9 OctoberStory time - 9 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
9 OctoberQuestion and answer session - 9 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
9 OctoberTotal body workout - 9 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
9 OctoberCommunity Food Club12pmSue Bramley Children's Centre
9 OctoberChair exercise - 9 October12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
9 OctoberBaby Massage (invite only)1pmEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
10 OctoberLEAN Living - 9 October10amOn Microsoft Teams

 

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DateActivityStart timeDescription
12 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
12 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
12 OctoberBaby Massage (invite only)10amEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
12 OctoberThe Hug Parent Support Group 10.30amEmail thehugbarking@gmail.com
12 OctoberStory time - 12 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
12 OctoberCommunity Food Club11amWilliam Bellamy Children's Centre
12 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 12 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
12 OctoberStop Smoking Peer Support - 12 October2pmOn Microsoft Teams
12 OctoberAfternoon tea - 12 October2pmOn Microsoft Teams
12 OctoberLEAN living - 12 October6pmOn Microsoft Teams
13 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
13 OctoberLEAN living - 13 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
13 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 13 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
13 OctoberCoffee morning - 13 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
13 OctoberChair based aerobics - 13 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
13 OctoberCommunity Food Club12pmBarking Learning Centre
13 OctoberMusic quiz - 13 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
13 OctoberStory time - 13 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
14 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
14 OctoberVirtual cooking - 14 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
14 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
14 OctoberCommunity Food Club11amMarks Gate Community Centre
14 October

HENRY Starting Solids (Invite Only) 

11.15amEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
14 OctoberSupple strength - 14 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
14 OctoberLEAN living - 14 October (12pm)12pmOn Microsoft Teams
14 OctoberKickboxing class - 14 October12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
14 OctoberCard making - 14 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
14 OctoberLook listen and play - Play and learn workshop - 14 October1pmEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
14 OctoberLEAN living - 14 October (2pm)2pmOn Microsoft Teams
15 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
15 October

JobShops - Work in construction workshop

10amTo book your place email: vacancies@lbbd.gov.uk
15 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 15 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
15 OctoberCreative fun - 15 October11amOn Microsoft Teams
15 OctoberZumba Gold - 15 October12pmOn Microsoft Teams
15 OctoberYoung at heart quiz - 15 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
15 OctoberLEAN living - 15 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
15 OctoberStory time - 15 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
15 OctoberStop Smoking Peer Support - 15 October4pmOn Microsoft Teams
15 OctoberLEAN Beans - 15 October4.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
16 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
16 OctoberHiiT class - 16 October9.30amOn Microsoft Teams
16 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
16 OctoberGetting started - Introduction to Microsoft Teams - 16 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
16 OctoberStory time - 16 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
16 OctoberQuestion and answer session - 16 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
16 OctoberTotal body workout - 16 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
16 OctoberCommunity Food Club12pmSue Bramley Children's Centre
16 OctoberChair exercise - 16 October12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
16 OctoberBaby Massage (invite only)1pmEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
17 October

Online Toastmasters Club in Barking 

10am 
17 OctoberLEAN Living - 17 October10amOn Microsoft Teams

 

Online events 19 to 25 October Toggle accordion

DateActivityStart timeDescription
19 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
19 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
19 OctoberBaby Massage (invite only)10amEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
19 OctoberThe Hug Parent Support Group 10.30amEmail thehugbarking@gmail.com
19 OctoberStory time - 19 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
19 OctoberCommunity Food Club11amWilliam Bellamy Children's Centre
19 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 19 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
19 OctoberTai Chi2pmOn Microsoft Teams
19 OctoberStop Smoking Peer Support - 19 October2pmOn Microsoft Teams
19 OctoberLEAN living - 19 October6pmOn Microsoft Teams
20 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
20 OctoberLEAN living - 20 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
20 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 20 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
20 OctoberCoffee morning - 20 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
20 OctoberChair based aerobics - 20 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
20 OctoberCommunity Food Club12pmBarking Learning Centre
20 OctoberJewellery making1pmOn Microsoft Teams
20 OctoberStory time - 20 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
21 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
21 OctoberVirtual cooking - 21 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
21 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
21 OctoberCommunity Food Club11amMarks Gate Community Centre
21 October

HENRY Starting Solids (Invite Only) 

11.15amEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
21 OctoberSupple strength - 21 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
21 OctoberLEAN living - 21 October (12pm)12pmOn Microsoft Teams
21 OctoberKickboxing class - 21 October12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
21 OctoberLook listen and play - Play and learn workshop1pmEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
21 OctoberLEAN living - 21 October (2pm)2pmOn Microsoft Teams
22 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
22 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 22 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
22 OctoberCreative fun - 22 October11amOn Microsoft Teams
22 OctoberYoga - 22 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
22 OctoberYoung at heart quiz - 22 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
22 OctoberLEAN living - 22 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
22 OctoberStory time - 22 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
22 OctoberStop Smoking Peer Support - 22 October4pmOn Microsoft Teams
22 OctoberLEAN Beans - 22 October4.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
23 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
23 OctoberHiiT class - 23 October9.30amOn Microsoft Teams
23 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
23 OctoberGetting started - Introduction to Microsoft Teams - 23 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
23 OctoberStory time - 23 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
23 OctoberQuestion and answer session - 23 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
23 OctoberTotal body workout - 23 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
23 OctoberCommunity Food Club12pmSue Bramley Children's Centre
23 OctoberChair exercise - 23 October12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
23 OctoberBaby Massage (invite only)1pmEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
24 OctoberLEAN Living - 24 October10amOn Microsoft Teams

 

Online events 26 to 31 October Toggle accordion

October half term 26 October to 1 November 2020

DateActivityStart timeDescription
26 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
26 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
26 OctoberBaby Massage (invite only)10amEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
26 OctoberThe Hug Parent Support Group 10.30amEmail thehugbarking@gmail.com
26 OctoberCommunity Food Club11amWilliam Bellamy Children's Centre
26 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 26 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
26 OctoberAfternoon tea - 26 October2pmOn Microsoft Teams
26 OctoberStop Smoking Peer Support - 26 October2pmOn Microsoft Teams
26 OctoberLEAN living - 26 October6pmOn Microsoft Teams
27 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
27 OctoberLittle Rhyme Makers - 27 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
27 OctoberCoffee morning - 27 October10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
27 OctoberChair based aerobics - 27 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
27 OctoberCommunity Food Club12pmBarking Learning Centre
27 OctoberKeyring making1pmOn Microsoft Teams
27 OctoberStory time - 27 October1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
28 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
28 OctoberHealthy eating - 28 October10am 
28 OctoberVirtual cooking - 28 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
28 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
28 OctoberCommunity Food Club11amMarks Gate Community Centre
28 OctoberSupple strength - 28 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
28 OctoberLEAN living - 28 October (12pm)12pmOn Microsoft Teams
28 OctoberKickboxing class - 28 October12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
28 OctoberMade in Dagenham1.30pmOn Microsoft Teams
29 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
29 OctoberKnit and natter - 29 October11amOn Microsoft Teams
29 OctoberYoung at heart quiz - 29 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
29 OctoberLEAN living - 29 October1pmOn Microsoft Teams
29 OctoberStop Smoking Peer Support - 29 October4pmOn Microsoft Teams
30 OctoberHomes and Money Hub Helpline9amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
30 OctoberHiiT class - 30 October9.30amOn Microsoft Teams
30 OctoberCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
30 OctoberGetting started - Introduction to Microsoft Teams - 30 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
30 OctoberTotal body workout - 30 October11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
30 OctoberCommunity Food Club12pmSue Bramley Children's Centre
30 OctoberChair exercise - 30 October12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
30 OctoberBaby Massage (invite only)1pmEmail healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk
31 OctoberLEAN Living - 31 October10amOn Microsoft Teams
31 October

Online Toastmasters Club in Barking 

10am 

 

    Regular activities

    Schedule of activities in libraries and children's centres (PDF 274KB)

    Summer Reading Challenge 2020 - Let’s get silly!

    The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are launching their Summer Reading Challenge and Reading Beez virtual meetings. We aim to engage your child with reading specific set books and discussing in small groups their thoughts. As with the Reading Beez programme, the aim will be for each child to develop their confidence with reading but have fun along the way.

    Register your child for Summer Reading Challenge

    As with all child related activities the need to protect individuals is extremely important, so there will be two adults in the meeting, and we may limit the meeting to 12 participants. This allows us to spend the time without any child missing out on the opportunity to join in and share their thoughts.

    We ask that you consider the guidelines before completing the registration form. We want all children to get the most out of this experience, so please ensure your child is fully aware of the expectations of behaviour and inclusion.

    Pen to Print Creative Writing Programme

    We’re passionate about helping people discover what their stories are through free competitions, events, classes and initiatives. See the Pen to Print website for events information.

    Reading and poetry groups

    If you enjoy a good read and a good chat about books and authors, there are several reading groups in the borough where you can do just that.

    • Audio book group at the Barking Learning Centre - first Wednesday of the month 10am to 12pm
    • Barking library reading group - first Monday of the month 6pm to 7pm
    • Dagenham Library reading group - fourth Thursday of the month 10.30am to 11.30am
    • Poetry group at the Barking Learning Centre - every other Wednesday 1pm to 3pm
    • Robert Jeyes Community Library reading club - fourth Monday of the month 7.30pm to 8.30pm
    • Valance Library reading club - first Saturday of the month 10.30am to 12pm

    New members are welcome, please come along.

    Reading and poetry websites

    Useful if you are looking for new books and authors to try, and to share your views about reading with others.

    • Book lore, see how your favourite books and authors are rated on this review site.
    • Fantastic Fiction, find everything fiction-related.
    • Gnooks, an interactive site which allows you to search by your favourite authors to find similar books.
    • Which Book, find books to suit your mood using this fun site. Search by setting, character or plot. Includes large print and audio titles.

    If you enjoy poetry you might find these websites useful.

    • Poetry Archive, the world’s premiere online collection of poets reading their work. Listen free to the voices of current poets and poets from the past.
    • The Poetry Library, the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry since 1912 in Britain.
    • Poetry Magazines, collected by the Poetry Library.
    • Poetry Society, founded in 1909, its mission is to advance the study, use and enjoyment of poetry.
    • Young Poets Network, for young people up to 25, with a special focus on 13 to 19 year-olds, with information on writing and enjoying poetry.

    Reading Beez for children

    We are launching the Summer Reading Challenge and Reading Beez virtual meetings. We aim to engage your child with reading specific set books and discussing in small groups their thoughts. As with the Reading Beez programme, the aim will be for each child to develop their confidence with reading but have fun along the way.

    Register your child for Reading Beez

    As with all child related activities the need to protect individuals is extremely important, so there will be two adults in the meeting, and we may limit the meeting to 12 participants. This allows us to spend the time without any child missing out on the opportunity to join in and share their thoughts.

    We ask that you consider the guidelines before completing the registration form. We want all children to get the most out of this experience, so please ensure your child is fully aware of the expectations of behaviour and inclusion.

    Free computer training

    Our libraries run free IT and basic computer training sessions that are open to all. You can learn how to set up an email address, use the internet and how to set up and use MyAccount.

    LocationDayTime
    Barking Learning CentreMonday10am to 12 pm
    Thames View LibraryMonday10am to 12pm
    Dagenham LibraryTuesday10am to 12 pm
    Robert Jeyes LibraryWednesday10am to 12pm
    Dagenham LibraryThursday10am to 12pm
    Barking Learning CentreThursday7pm to 8pm
    Barking Learning CentreSunday12pm to 1pm

    Community learning and jobs

    It is our aim to support as many residents as possible although if we feel the resident would benefit from alternative support we would refer on to other services within the borough.

    Free drop in session.

    Adults 16 plus.

    Session may include topics stated below:

    • 121 Information, advice and guidance sessions
    • Support in removing employment barriers
    • CV Writing
    • Application support
    • Personal Statement writing
    • Mock interview practice
    • Job Search Support
    • Back to Work Calculations
    • Confidence Building
    • Employability Skills workshops
    • A dedicated employer engagement team
    • Specialist Apprenticeship / Construction Brokers
    • Volunteering opportunities
    • Online training – e.g. Food Hygiene Level 2 / CSCS
    • Potential support with Interview clothing / travel expenses (dependant on individual circumstances)
    • Job fairs / events
    • ‘in work’ support

    Can sign in 15 minutes before the session starts.

    If you are more than 15 minutes late for the session you may be refused entry.

    For any queries, please contact:

    Barking Job Shop: 020 8724 8870

    Dagenham Job Shop: 020 8724 8877

    The Adult College Job Shop: 020 8227 2809

    Sensory room

    Come and enjoy our sensory equipment with your child.

    A sensory room is a specially designed room which combines a range of stimuli to help children develop and engage their senses. These can include lights, colours, sounds, sensory soft play objects all within a safe environment that allows children using it to explore and interact.

    Booking required - please call centre to book a time slot.
    No food or drink allowed in the sensory room

    Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer
    (up to 8 year for children with additional needs)

    Opening hours

    Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm

    Marks Gate Children's Centre - 020 8724 1983
    Marks Gate Community Centre, Rose Lane, Marks Gate RM6 5NJ

    Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm
    Sue Bramley Children's Centre - 020 8724 1983
    Bastable Avenue, Barking IG11 0LG

    Holiday activities

    We offer a number of holiday activities for both adults and children. This section will be updated with holiday activities during holidays and festive periods - school half terms, Christmas holidays, Easter holidays, Summer holidays.

    Room hire

    We have modern, comfortably appointed and well-equipped seminar rooms that are perfect for the most sophisticated presentation. There are variety of spaces available including large community meeting rooms, small meeting rooms for hire - suitable meetings and conference.

    If you wish to hire a room and want to know about availability and fees, please contact us at:

    Barking Learning Centre: 020 8724 5135 or email blcroombookings@lbbd.gov.uk

    Dagenham Library: 020 8724 5135 or email dagenhamlibraryroombookings@lbbd.gov.uk

    Marks Gate Community Hall: 020 8270 6091 or email MarksGateChildrensCentre@lbbd.gov.uk

    Sue Bramley Youth Club and Community Centre: 020 8227 5042 or 07812 999620 or email philip.cobham@lbbd.gov.uk
    Chadwell Heath Community Centre: 020 8270 4305 or email chadwellheathcc@gmail.com

    Advice sessions

    We offer a range of advice sessions in partnership with various partners. Please see the details below.

    Homes and money hub

    The duty officer will undertake an initial assessment to identify the resident’s presenting needs and provide support on the day. If there are complex needs the duty officer will send the assessment to the case screener for allocation as a case. The most common presenting needs are usually a combination of:

    • rent arrears
    • Council Tax arrears
    • benefit issues
    • risk of eviction
    • homelessness
    • debt
    • financial instability
    • worklessness

    Please bring any relevant documents / letters along with you. It will help us to assess more effectively.

    Hub Volunteers at the Barking Learning Centre

    If there is support required with completion of forms with or without IT support to complete on line forms there are volunteers available who will support each resident.

    The Hub duty officer or Library staff are able to make an appointment. Please note - Hub Volunteers are not available at the Dagenham Library.

    For Adults 16+ Drop-In Session - First Come First Entry When you arrive at the library - please tell the staff that you would like to see the Homes and Money Hub duty officer. The Homes and Money Hub is available for a drop in service, no appointment necessary

    Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm at Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library.
    Last entry time 3.45pm (if you arrive after 3.45pm you may not be seen by the Hub duty officer)

    For any queries, please contact Homes and Money Hub Team:
    Email: HomesAndMoneyHub@lbbd.gov.uk.
    Barking Learning Centre - Hub phone number: 020 8724 2115.
    Dagenham Library - Hub phone number: 020 8227 2927.

    Citizens Advice

    We are not doing any drop ins at BLC at the moment due to COVID-19 but we are offering telephone advice and webchat. Our telephone number is 0300 3309 038 and we are available from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

    Citizens Advice provides information/advice on debt and money, welfare rights and benefits, housing and homelessness, employment, discrimination, family, legal and many other areas of advice.

    When you visit the Citizens Advice, it's important that the adviser you speak to has as much information about your case as possible. If you don't bring the necessary paperwork with you - you might have to come back another time. This means it could take you longer to get the help you need.

    For more information, please see the Citizens Advice website.

    Telephone advice line: 0300 330 9038.
    Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm.

    Help to claim line: 0800 144 8444.
    Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm.

    Legal advice

    By appointment only

    Free legal advice service on homelessness, rent, mortgage, family law, etc, provided by Sternberg Reed Solicitors. Please bring all the relevant documents with you as appropriate.

    Adults 18 plus.
    By appointment only (15 minute slot).
    To make an appointment, please call the children's centre during the opening hours (9am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday)

    You can sign in 15 minutes before the session starts.
    If you are more than 15 minutes late for the session you may not be seen.

    For any queries, please contact the library or the children's centre from the details below:

    10am to 12.30pm, First Friday of the month.
    William Bellamy Children's Centre, Frizlands Lane, RM10 7HX, 020 8724 1983

    1pm to 3pm, Third Thursday of the month.
    Becontree Children's centre, Stevens Road, Dagenham RM8 2QR, 020 8724 1983

    1.30pm to 3.30pm, Second Thursday of the month.
    Marks Gate Children's Centre, Rose Lane, Marks Gate RM6 5NR, 020 8724 1983

    1pm to 3pm, Third Thursday of the month.
    Sue Bramley Children's Centre, Bastable Avenue, Barking IG11 0LG, 020 8724 1983

    Support and advice for Eastern Europeans

    East European Resource Centre (EERC) is a charity that supports Eastern Europeans in London since 1984. EERC works with Barking and Dagenham council to offer free support to Eastern Europeans in the borough.

    We offer free support and advice for Eastern Europeans:

    • Job seeking, if they’re unemployed or on low income (applying for jobs, CV writing, interview preparation, rights at work)
    • General advice and support with life in the UK (GP registration, NINO, navigating UK systems and accessing local services)
    • Applying for EU Settled Status (Brexit)
    • Welfare benefits support
    • Housing advice 

    For any queries, please contact the Library or the Children's Centre.

    Every Monday - 9.30am to 1.30pm.

    Barking Learning Centre,
    Barking Library,
    2 Town Square, Barking IG11 7NB

    Telephone: 020 8724 8725 / 020 8724 8722.