Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

East Thames meets employment targets

By James Renoux-Wood - Wed 20 May 2015, 2:31 pm

Housing association and social regeneration charity, East Thames, has hit its target to help 100 young people in Barking and Dagenham gain employment in the last financial year (April 2014 April 2015).

The youth employment team, based at the Starting Point facility in Pickering Road, Barking, works with people aged under 25, helping them to gain skills and find work or apprenticeships. It is jointly funded by East Thames and Barclays. 

As well as its employment service, Starting Point is also home to 40 social enterprises and charity groups who specialise in delivering community based services to residents of Barking and Dagenham and surrounding boroughs.

To support the groups’ success, East Thames provides office space, support and training. In the last year, Starting Point has supported more than 50 community organisations, who in turn provided services to over 5,000 local people. The groups also raised over £70,000 in funding to support the delivery of these services.

For more information about Starting Point, or East Thames employment services visit



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