Last week Jon Cruddas MP joined local councillors and the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in Marks Gate to discuss community investment opportunities. 

One of the key concerns raised by the community at past police meetings has been the lack of local activities and provision for young people. Residents of Marks Gate often feel cut off from the borough and concerns have been voiced regarding the poor transport links and accessibility to existing resources.

To mark St. George’s Day this year the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services have teamed up with the Council to co-fund events and activities across the borough that bring communities together to celebrate the patron saint of England.

The ‘Barking and Dagenham Together for St. George’s Day Grant Programme’ is part of a new series of community funding opportunities made available to organisations who promote cohesion and equality.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is encouraging local charities and good causes across the constituency to apply for over £3million of funding that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Applications are open from 6 February until 20 February, where a whole host of good causes from social enterprises to voluntary groups and registered charities are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.