A new £6.4 million initiative to lift local neighbourhoods will launch in late 2017. The project, named Every One Every Day, will involve 25,000 residents across the borough creating new facilities and helping form new businesses over the next five years.
Over 250 schemes range from expanding existing community work to providing new opportunities, including urban farming, planting trees and large cooking events.
The residents themselves will form the crux of the initiative and can put forward ideas and suggestions. Five high street shops will open over the length of the project, with periodic business incubators taking place in a central warehouse, offering advice to new business owners on areas including health and safety, website design and insurance.
Councillor Saima Ashraf said: "Residents told us they wanted a more integrated, cohesive community with a renewed sense of community spirit. This ground-breaking initiative will offer people the chance to shape where they live by participating in projects in and around their neighbourhood."
The plan to support the local community came out of an initial plan between neighbourhood charity Participatory City and Barking and Dagenham Council, who provided £1.5 million of the funding. Additional funding of £1 million came from the National Lottery alongside £1 million from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and £500,000 from City Bridge Trust.
Chief Executive of Participatory City, Tessy Britton, welcomed the opportunities for the borough: "By combining all our ideas and resources, we know we can create optimism, well-being and prosperity, and at significant scale. This borough couldn’t be a more perfect place to bring this initiative. It has always been a place full of creativity and energy and this initiative will help to grow that even more."
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