Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and delivered locally by the Barking and Dagenham CVS and The Young Federation – Communities Can is an initiative that has been set up to provide support for community groups and organisations.

Want to develop your organisation and the impact it has on the wider community? If your organisation is based in Barking and Dagenham, has an income of lower than £10,000 per year, and has a proven track record in helping to make the borough a better place to live and work then this could be for you.

Communities Can helps to develop and provides support for small community organisations. Applying for support couldn't be easier, just answer 12 questions via the website free help and specialist advice includes:

  • training for your group
  • networking with other people doing similar things to you in their own communities
  • becoming constituted
  • researching what people think about the work your group does
  • producing great marketing materials for your group
  • help writing funding applications

For more information, contact the Communities Can team on 020 8709 9272 /

You can also contact Barking and Dagenham CVS for more information on 020 8532 7320 or