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Donations Required

Barking and Dagenham Soup Kitchen are seeking companies to help sponsor or donate to our monthly soup kitchen.

Due to limited funds we are only able to cater for the most needy and benefit sanction individuals and families staying in Barking and Dagenham Homeless Hostels.

Currently there are over 200 people staying in four homeless hostels in Barking and Dagenham.

Many go without a regular healthy meal and with your help we can do our bit.

If you are able to help either on an one off or regular donation please contact Stephanie Akofe who is a volunteer for Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre in addition to being the soup kitchen sponsor through her company John Samuel Estate Agents through the link below.

Jon Gildersleeve was contacted by Maria from S.M.I.L.E London & Essex to discuss supporting the existing partnership between Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre and Barking and Dagenham Homeless Hostels where volunteering and a soup kitchen were in place to help people staying in the council hostels who are homeless.

S.M.I.L.E London & Essex Do

A local non-profit organisation helping the local homeless and vulnerable community. London & Essex

We provide ongoing donations of essential items such as Clothes, Toys, Bedding and Food to 7 homeless hostels housing families and individuals in Havering, Barking and Dagenham.

We also support other charities such as The Salvation Army, The Welcome Centre as well as struggling families that are referred to us by social services and family support services.

Our charity is growing every day so our resources are bring spread across more hostels in the area. Know of a hostel or refuge that needs our help? Give us a call.

Are you struggling to cope with day to day bills? Are you living in a hostel in the local area and need a helping hand? Contact your hostels manager and get them to talk with the team to set up a partnership with us.

To contact SMILE by email


Calling schools in Barking and Dagenham.

Can you pass on this information to the school reception or to your child's school teacher.

To view our Get Together Group work please go to

Would the children like to bring a small item as shown below and make up Christmas Hampers for our Get Together Group Elderly , Vulnerable and Isolated members.

Soups, Biscuits, Shortbread, Crackers, Cheese, Nuts / dried fruit, Cakes , Jam, Chutney, Marmalade, Tea , Coffee , Kettle Chips Lightly Salted, Cookies, Nice Toiletries i.e. soaps, shower gels, body lotion, hand cream, room fragrance, candles etc, Mince pies, and any other good food you can find that has long dates.

For more information please email Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre on

Homeless Hostels Men Only Appeal.

Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Homeless Hostels are in need of mens personal hygiene bits and bobs such as toothpaste/toothbrushes, shower gel, soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving form, disposable razors, body spray, anti perspirant.

Next time you are passing any off the homeless hostel drop of points shown on the picture below please take in your donation in a marked box or carrier bag. ' mens'.