This is Me – let’s celebrate what makes us unique
Barking and Dagenham is a vibrant and diverse borough with a proud history and strong sense of community. We want to celebrate what brings us together, what makes each of us unique, and how together, we all help to make our unique community.
We want to create a snapshot of Barking and Dagenham by celebrating all of the individual and unique people who help make this place what it is, and telling their individual stories.
We’ll be out and about across the borough throughout the year with our #thisisme selfie frame, encouraging residents to strike a pose and tell us what makes them who they are so we can share their stories on social media.
Of course, you don’t need a selfie frame to showcase how great you are, you can get involved and share your story on social media anytime using #thisisme. Tag us or post on our page and we’ll try to share your story.
We caught up with local Fitness Influencer Gina Obeng. Gina tells us about her fitness journey, how she got here and the positive impact she has on her clients' lives.
Shonna Damms, Social Worker
Shonna gave up a life in show business to help disadvantaged children in Barking and Dagenham.
Stephen Addison - Box Up Crime founder
Steve talks about turning young people away from crime.
Joshua Singh-Hill - LBBD’s Young Mayor
The Young Mayor makes sure that the borough's young people's thoughts and concerns are heard, as well as helping fund-raise money for charity.
Matthew Bailey - Market Operative
Market operative, Matthew Bailey, cuts a very recognisable figure on Barking Market - his big smile and even bigger beard make him a true character among the stalls of the market!
Joelle Mae David
Local filmmaker Joelle Mae David discusses her previous work, her company Bluebird Pictures and her journey.
Eastbury Community School Students
#ThisIsMe returns! For this episode we caught up with a group of deaf students at Eastbury Community School, to find out what they want to do in the future and what they’re most proud of.
Paralympian Brock Whiston
For the latest #thisisme we caught up with swimmer Brock Whiston, who was recently selected to be a part of Team GB heading to next year's Paralympics in Tokyo!
Cllr Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council
Deputy Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Cllr Saima Ashraf, shares her amazing story in the latest #thisisme video.
Henni Saarela & Monica Georgiadou
Monica Georgiadou and Henni Saarela are music teachers at Barking Abbey School. They spend their lives encouraging and inspiring students to learn how to play instruments and love music – sounds good to us!