The Warmer Homes Project:

working together to support the local community

Warmer Homes is a project established in Barking & Dagenham by a group of voluntary organisations working with the Council to provide support to local residents at risk because of cold weather during the winter months. They offer practical support, such as:

  • providing warm bedding and clothes to those who need them

  • undertaking benefit checks to make sure people are getting their entitlements

  • giving advice and support to people in debt or at risk of getting into debt

  • giving advice and support on switching energy suppliers

  • opening community centres to provide activities and warm spaces through the winter

  • contacting and befriending elderly people living alone to make sure they are OK

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is now working with the project. Jon hopes to incorporate his growing volunteer network into the scheme, offering his volunteers who stretch across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park the opportunity to get involved. Volunteers would be asked to help and participate in: Delivering warm bedding and clothes to vulnerable members of the community and taking part in community activities in warm spaces, areas set up to accommodate social events and bring people out of the cold. It will also be the role of the volunteer to check on elderly and vulnerable people in their immediate local area, befriending neighbours and helping to build a supportive community spirit in these tough winter months.

Jon explains “this is an excellent chance for people to get involved, meet other people in the local area and build a supportive community network. Raising awareness to the services available to people and making sure local residents are receiving all the help entitled to them is what ‘the good society’ is all about. Bringing people together, working to support elderly and vulnerable members of society.

“This scheme will be of great benefit not only to the recipients but also to the people involved, providing practical experience in community support and engagement. I hope that many of the people in my volunteer network will step forward to help, and I urge anyone in the local area who hasn’t previously volunteered for me to get involved.

“In conjunction with the Warmer Homes Project I presently offer many volunteering opportunities spanning from simple delivery rounds, through general admin, to helping with the organisation and running of my advice surgeries. My team offer great experience opportunities helping to find out about and work on local issues such as crime and anti-social behaviour, healthcare and community focus projects.”

The cold weather can leave some people feeling more vulnerable than others, especially the elderly and families with younger children. If any of the above sparks your interest and you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities either with Jon Cruddas MP or with the Warmer Homes Project then there are some ways to contact us:

  • You can email Andrew Achilleos for more information at – jcvolunteernet@gmail.com
  • You can call our office and speak to someone directly on: 020 8593 1555
  • To access Warm Home support directly call: 020 8532 7321 or email: michelle@bdcvs.org.uk
  • Or you can contact us via text message at standard network rates on: 07928 726133 providing your name, contact number and address and someone will get back to you.