By the community for the community
Community Resources grows creative solutions to local issues – solutions provided ‘By the community, for the community’. We are a group of volunteers from all walks of life who want to bring people together to realise that they can make a great contribution to their community.
The ‘connecting places’ we create provide environments where people can start friendships, develop skills and confidence and discover what they can contribute.
Our ‘connecting places’ include: Castle Point Community Hub, The Corner Coffee House, CommunityConnect website.
How we work
Community Resources is all about bringing individuals together to make a difference. We’re not a venue, a project or a service – although we help set these things up! We support local volunteers to start up and run projects that address needs they have identified in the local area.
People from all walks of life are invited to get involved as we try out new ideas to benefit the people around us in our community.
Where we work
Community Resources currently works in the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering. Through our growing relationships we are starting to provide support and advice for other faith communities and voluntary sector organisations across the UK.
Where it started
Community Resources was set up by a group of local people from LifeLine Church. They imagined a Coffee Shop and a Community Hub with great service and a friendly atmosphere run by local volunteers. Both venues opened in 2012 and very soon other projects sprang up as the group supported others to bring their ideas for the community to life.
LifeLine Church is a vibrant community of local people who believe that God transforms our lives. He empowers us to make a difference wherever we are by demonstrating love, bringing hope and creating peace.
What we do
Community Resources creates ‘connecting places’ that anyone can come to, find friends and start to see positive change in their lives. We run innovative projects and activities from these connecting places.
Anyone can become isolated for lots of different reasons, like losing a job, health issues or just a change in life circumstances. By getting involved in our projects and activities, people find life-long friendship, realise how valuable they are and grow in confidence.
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. Many of our people move on to new opportunities, saying their connections with us have made all the difference in their journey.
Several of our volunteers have broken free from isolation after getting involved in our work. Having benefitted from supportive friendships they now want to support others in similar situations.
Recognising that the way we treat people is more important that what we get done
Carrying an expectation for one another that things can be different
Creating a team where we value, support and serve one another
Enabling one another to flourish and experience wholeness in every area of life
Local volunteers run all Community Resources projects. We call them ‘champions’ – ordinary people who want to offer solutions to issues faced by people in the local area. Each champion is supported by a team of volunteers, local people who have got involved through one of our ‘connecting places’.
We provide mentoring and practical support to all volunteers and people with ideas about new projects they want to start up. Get in touch if you have an idea to share with us!
The Community Hub is a vibrant ‘connecting place’ where local people can get to know each other, take part in a wide range of activities and give something back to their community.
Volunteers run an exciting programme of activities for all ages, such as:
- English conversation classes
- Parent and toddler groups
- Family learning
- Drop-in community café
- Personal development programmes
- Baking group
- Ante-natal programmes
- Community choir.
Drop in or get in touch to see what we’re running at the moment!
The Corner Coffee House is a vibrant, friendly café nestled on the corner of Green Lane in Dagenham. We offer high quality coffee, homemade cakes and lunchtime treats at reasonable prices.
Established in 2013, the Corner is a friendly space where people can meet friends and feel part of the community. We love creativity and sell a wide range of paintings, craft items and greetings cards by local artisans.
Valence Park Project
Local mum, Lisa Adams, believes that a vibrant park is essential in every local community and she has been working on a plan for the last year to bring change to Valence Park in Dagenham. Community Resources is working with Lisa and her team to turn this park into an inspiring place to play and exercise for EVERYONE!
So far, the team have had the support of London Sport, the Urban Sports Group and Barking & Dagenham Council. Together we have made applications for £130,000 for a new play area with multi-use games area, gym equipment and exciting new playground. Over 300 local people have been involved in the design process and we’ll hear in July if the funding applications have been successful. When we know – we’ll launch the Valence Park Crowd Funding campaign to raise the additional money needed to complete the park.
Find out more about Lisa’s story.
CommunityConnect is an online resource designed to help people identify local services that can help them. It is difficult to find out what support is available through local organisations, so we developed CommunityConnect to put this information in one easy-to-access place.
Our unique online tool identifies the issues you are facing and presents you with a personalised list of relevant support and services in your local area.
Peaced Together is a creative arts course for women – with a difference. Using a variety of themed craft projects, it encourages women to reflect on their lives and set out on a personal journey from brokenness to hope.
The course consists of five craft projects completed over ten weeks. Each one helps the group explore topics such as beauty, hope and positive choices. Courses are run on a regular basis in a number of different venues around London.
Open Doors helps people step out of isolation by connecting them with a positive support network. We offer a helping hand, a listening ear and good friendship when people find themselves in difficult situations or become isolated by their circumstances.
We are committed to tackling poverty and the problems it causes for individuals and families. We aim to help people find ways to improve their situation and stand with them as they make steps to change their lives for the better.
The Corner Coffee House
808 Green Lane
For Open Doors please contact the Hub @ Castle Point
The Hub @ Castle Point
163 Bennett’s Castle Lane
0208 227 1927
Busses near the Hub:
- 364 on Bennett’s Castle Lane
- 62 on Valence Avenue
- 5/145 on Longbridge Rd/Wood Lane
- 368 on Becontree Avenue
Get in touch!
UK Registered Charity No: 1140209