Barking and Dagenham Faith Forum

Barking and Dagenham’s inaugural Faith & Community Awards

We are proud to announce Barking and Dagenham’s inaugural Faith & Community Awards.

Barking and Dagenham’s diverse and vibrant population powers a large number of voluntary organisations. Many of these organisations are local community projects which draw on their faith, belief and/or culture as motivation and inspiration for their community work. These awards recognise the unsung heroes of Barking and Dagenham, celebrating the vital and inspiring services they provide day in and out – from youth clubs to health and wellbeing workshops, food banks and drop in centres.  

Award Categories

Application Criteria

Application Form

Outstanding Initiative in Response to Covid 19 Pandemic

This award recognises Outstanding initiatives & projects in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Health & wellbeing

Projects in this category create specialised services for the health and wellbeing of residents. They reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life by supporting vulnerable people from different backgrounds. Work may include: healthy eating classes, mental health support, sports activities, tackling loneliness etc.

Inspiring youth

Young people from minority backgrounds are often overlooked and may be excluded from civic life. Projects within this category work with young people to encourage leadership and participation in their local community, and connect them with opportunities beyond their neighbourhoods. Work may include: afterschool clubs, providing leadership opportunities, sports clubs, employability programmes, tackling youth violence and crime etc.

Improving access to services

Working at the neighbourhood level, projects within this category identify people who are often overlooked and excluded. These projects work over time to connect people to life-saving public services offered by local councils and larger charities, as well as offering advice and support at the community level. Work may include: Support for the homelessness, debt advice centres, ESOL classes, translation support, foodbanks, supporting unemployed people etc.

Promoting inclusion

Projects in this category create specialised services for the health and wellbeing of residents. They reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life by supporting vulnerable people from different backgrounds. Work may include: healthy eating classes, mental health support, sports activities, tackling loneliness etc.

Environmental Sustainability

Climate Change is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. Many groups work to inspire behavioural change, educate others on the issues and take practical action to tackle climate change. Work may include: Tree planting projects, litter picking campaigns, walk to school schemes, green working spaces, eco-buildings etc.

Application Criteria

We encourage you to apply for yourself or your organisation or nominate others for their outstanding work.

Please read the criteria carefully before making your Application:

  1. Our awards scheme seeks to celebrate work that is often overlooked.
  2. Your nomination must identify a project or individual:

    · That has not previously received wider recognition.
    · That works at a local level within Barking and Dagenham to improve lives of residents.
    · That is driven by a certain faith, culture or non-religious belief (we welcome nominations from faith based and secular projects) or benefits a particular faith, belief, cultural or community group.

  3. Projects can be run by a registered charity, social enterprise, a community group or an individual. It could be one initiative of a larger organisation or a project that is run by a place of worship or community group. It may be run entirely by volunteers or have paid staff.
  4. Individuals can be part of a community group or work independently. Individuals could make their contribution to their community in a paid or voluntary capacity.
  5. The project or individual nominated could work across communities or within their own community i.e. it does not have to have an interfaith focus.
  6. These awards aim to celebrate work which reaches people with a range of identities.

If you would like to discuss a Application or need support, please email Jessica at secretary@bdfaithforum.org.uk or Himanshu Jain at chair@bdfaithforum.org.uk.

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