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Local Support Services


If you are at risk of becoming homeless then contact Shelter housing advisers online, by telephone or in person.  To visit the website click here.


If you would like some general legal advice and support about your current housing situation, then you can drop in to the Barking Citizens Advice Bureau:


Debt & Money Management


Free and impartial money advice, set up by government

  • Advice and guides to help improve your finances
  • Tools and calculators to help keep track and plan ahead
  • Support over the phone and online.

Counselling Services

Talking Therapies Barking and Dagenham  
Church Elm Lane Health Centre
Church Elm Lane
RM10 9RR

Tel:  0300 300 1554 (Option 3)
Fax: 0844 493 0203
Email: bdtalkingtherapies@nhs.net
Opening times: 9:00am to 5:00pm, monday to friday


You can refer yourself to the Talking Therapies services by calling the telephone number listed above between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.  We aim to see and assess everyone within two weeks of the day that they contact the service. The initial appointment takes place over the telephone and last approximately 30 minutes. You can also visit the Talking Therapies website at http://www.mytalkingtherapies.org.uk/

Children’s centres

Children’s centres are local community centres which support babies, pre-school children and their families.

Centres offer a range of services, such as:

  • Support for mums, dads and carers
  • Help getting jobs and training
  • Health services
  • Daycare and activities for babies and toddlersfor more information click here

Adanna women'support group

The group brings women that want to make a difference, enjoy professional success and live fulfilling and balanced lives. Utilising masterminding principles, members benefit from the following:

Developing professionally
Developing personally
Creating meaningful and collaborating relationship with like minded women.  The Adanna Women's Support group meetings offer a supportive and energetic environment where the club members are able to bounce ideas off each other as well as keeping each other motivated to really go out and achieve their personal and professional goals.

The Community Hub @ Castle Point

Castle Point provides a ‘Hub’....a space where people could connect and share life with each other and express what it means to be a community. Our programme of events reflects the interests, needs and resources of our community, such as English classes, Pilates and crafts . All sessions are run and supported by volunteers…from teaching conversation class to cleaning!! 

Barking and Dagenham Family Information Service (FIS) provides comprehensive information and advice on the services available to parents, including information on local childcare and early years nurseries and pre-schools.

Dagenham Foodbank

If you are in need of food you can contact Five Elms Parent support advisor on 028 270 6699, who can issue food bank vouchers or alternatively you can contact them directly.


East London Victim Support

If you’ve been affected by crime, call the East London Victim Assessment and Referral Service on freephone 0808 168 9291, then dial 2.  

Lines are open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. 

You can also contact your local victim care team in East London on 0203 910 9040.

Lines are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, you can contact us via live chat - our normal operating hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.  If you need support outside of our open hours, call our Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111  or  request support via our website.


Contact for more info: Call  07906343050

As people start to connect with us, we help them discover how they can contribute to change in the community by giving their time, energy and skills to different projects. 


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