Get Together

Opening times: Monday - Tuesday 9am - 4pm, Friday 9am - 1.30pm, Closed Wednesday and Thursday
Contact Kelly and Lynne:  0203 288 2160      0203 288 2164     0203 288 2168     0203 288 2180



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Memories of Get Together Groups in Barking and Dagenham

Every week we run at various centre's, residential homes and church halls which are spread around the borough where a number of isolated, lonely and vulnerable older residents in Barking and Dagenham meet up for a lunch time club established by the Volunteer Centre Barking & Dagenham.

As well as having lunch together the group take part in a number of activities including bingo, craft making and talks from guest speakers, even visits from the pearly kings and queens.

However we URGENTLY NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS who can spare 3 hours to look after and join in with the members.

To Volunteer Click here to express your interest and we will make arrangements for you to come in to our office for an initial chat about the role.

To Volunteer Click here to express your interest and we will make arrangements for you to come in to our office for an initial chat about the role.

Click here to express your interest in coming along and we will contact you to confirm your place

We urgently need more volunteers at each centre

All training is provided free.

Willing to join in and have a good time

Call Lynne and Kelly to arrange a chat and discuss the role in full.


As you are all aware we have special projects for the Lonely isolated Older residents in Barking and Dagenham.

I Challenge you all to think do I know someone who is Lonely.

Have I a neighbour who might benefit from a Daily Telephone Call or by coming to one of our Get Together Groups. If you have then make sure you tell them about us and the friendship we can give them.

Ask if you can pass us their Contact details so that we can arrange to visit them and chat to them and invite them to become part of our Get Together Groups.

You might also think can I become a Telephone Volunteer or a Get Together Volunteer.

We welcome all Lonely Isolated Residents.

Latest News

My 1st day as a volunteer today by Pooja Patel

Having been involved in the local community in Barking and Dagenham I wanted to try volunteering with older people.

So when I spoke to Lynne Hopkins at Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Get Together Group she suggested to come along and watch how the group session was run and then decide. Well I couldnt hold back and took of my coat and got involved.

The friendliness of the members and the team work of the volunteers was amazing and when the session was over and I went home I knew I wanted to go back and volunteer.

3 hours flew past and what would I normally have done.

I know this much it was well spent and I felt good about myself and the new friends I have now made.

Lets hope anyone reading this comes along and gives up there 3 hours a week is forefilled like I do.

And just to add was being thoughtful ; best preparation for our tomorrow is the best we can do today apart from the worldly pleasures as fame .. money ... a run to attain a luxurious life , why not spend few hours of our present to attain self empowerment a feeling if satisfaction we done something somewhere as surely a few years later we will be @ the same receiving end where our heart will yield for somewhere someone anyone who could reciprocate such unconditional love & few moments of care which will make us feel loved & wealthy forever.

Pooja Patel

So nice to have feedback and especially our first one at Harp House.

Hi Jon, A really great GTG at Harp House. 17 new members who really enjoyed the morning. We finished with a chat with them all to find out what they wanted us to provide.They all joined in the discussion and came up with great ideas. It was very inspiring and they all said please come every week. The Manager and the Staff were superb. You could feel the great rapids between the Residents and all the Staff.

Because of the success of the Wednesday Get Together, we have formed a partnership with Harmony House and have now been awarded funding from the National Lottery to open 20 new Get Together Groups over the next 3 years across the borough of Barking and Dagenham for older people and people with, learning difficulties, additional or supportive needs.

The extension is Silvernet a programme to stop any isolated resident spending everyday in their homes and allow them to participate actively within their local community.

Here is a selection of photos taken from the Silvernet partnership open day.

Our members and Volunteers like to be involved in various activities.

Here are some that took part in a William Shakespeare production of Merchant of Venice and under the fantastic production team from Studio 3 Arts. Our thanks go out to Liza Valence and Helen Ball for arranging this.

Photo's courtesy of Jimmy Lee and Lynne Hopkins.

Sarah Allan and Whole Body Therapy are teaching our members on the benefits of how some little exercise could improve your independence.

Photo’s courtesy of Donna Price and Kim McClean from Whole Body Therapy

Wanting to know more about becoming a Dementia Friend we have once again had Dementia Champion and trainer Emdad Rayman giving free training to more of our members, volunteers and local councillors Peter Chang and Jeanne Alexander.

Emdad explained :

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. Anyone and at any age can become a Dementia Friend.

Some of our members celebrating St Patrick's day at Harmony House we had a lovely sing song followed by a lovely meal

Members making their Easter Bonnets of the last few weeks.

Thank you Ravi for coming to judge the parade today.

It was very hard to pick a winner but our winning hat was made by Grace with Eileen and Doris being joint second place.

All our members worked hard so well done to them all.

Video courtesy of Pooja Patel

Members making their Easter Bonnets.

In 2016 Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre volunteers received the Joy Palmer award held at the IDDP event today from Neal Crowley.

Helen Ball treated some of our volunteers and members to afternoon tea.

In September a great day out at Audley End House was enjoyed by members and volunteers from Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Get Together Group.

If you know off anyone that is lonely, isolated or vulnerable please get in touch with us.

We are also looking for new volunteers that can spare 3 hours a week.

You can email us for full details

Halloween Party at Get Together Group in partnership with Harmony House and Silvernet

Thank you to Kathy Mason who came along today to show our Get Together Group members how to plant seeds and grow in their homes as they don't get out to their gardens as you can see from the photos they were all excited to get going

Members from Harp House Get Together Group had their first session of Whole Body Therapy which they all enjoyed the session and have asked when the next one will be. We also went along to St Chads Get Together session yesterday and 25 members took part in there's again for the first time and really enjoyed it.

The idea is to give a little exercise to our older people who attend Get Together Groups.

Whole Body Therapy aim is to create awareness and aid relief of issues which affect the body and mind and to improve the health and well-being of the local community.

Special rates for carer's, disabled and elderly in the Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Havering.


Call 07806 205942 Sarah or Kim @Whole Body Therapy

New Members and New Volunteers can take part. See poster for details


Starts this week at Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Get Together Group.

Please contact Lynne and Joan to book your place just leave a message and we will call
you back or email us on quoting knitting and your contact number

0203 288 2160

0203 288 2164

0203 288 2168

0203 288 2180

A very busy get together today at the Burt Yates group a session with Whole body therapy which all members joined in and a craft session with Christine with members making snowmen a lovely lunch with pie mash from Brooks pie mash shop and we managed a few games of bingo to finish the day of thank you to all the Volunteers who worked extremely hard today

Another fantastic party at Harmony House today to celebrate Christmas members from Bridget Hayes / Burt Yates and Harp House get together joined in all the fun thank you to Harmony House for a great day and to all the Volunteers who came along to help

Harmony House Get Together Group Christmas party

Thank you to Jon Gildersleeve and Monika and all the team from John Smith House for your lovely donations of special Christmas gifts for members of Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Get Together Groups

Welcome to our Get Together Group new family, The Hug Club.

Held at the Somali Womens Centre held in Barking and Dagenham every Tuesday.

Lovely happy people who had a really great time today.

We are open every Tuesday 11.00am - 1.00pm.

We extend a very warm welcome to all our Isolated, Lonely . Senior Residents .

The Hug Club is open to all Cultures and Faiths. Please contact Lynne for details.

Its best to email Lynne on to book a place or volunteer.

Whole Body Theraphy really enjoying helping the lovely ladies and gents of the Volunteer Bureau get together groups get more active and mobile.

Our lovely Kim who is trained in older people's strength & balance exercise and a qualified dance instructor definitly gets them moving.
Know someone who could enjoy meeting new people and having fun?

Get them to come along!

Big thanks to Alison Cormack on behalf of Bouygues UK Weavers Court site for your kind donations to members of Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Get Together Groups.

Thank you Cllr Sadie Afolasade Bright for inviting our members to a great event today that all had a great time. Thank you to all involved in making this event so enjoyable from us all at the Volunteer Bureau and members of the get togethers


Do you live in Barking or Dagenham.

Have you an hour to spare and become a Volunteer for us to help us identify older isolated and lonely residents living in your road or block of flats.

We will provide you with leaflets to put through the doors in your road or block of flats to give them information of how we can help reduce their Isolation and how to meet new friends.

This is a Valuable way of Volunteering for your community.

Please contact Joan Brandon and Lynne Hopkins if you are willing to help by email to or call any off the number shown and leave your contact details for us to call you back.

Valentine's Day work out at The Ripple Centre with the Burt Yates Group: The Ball of Love. What do you love about this club? They loved having a laugh with their friends. Hugs for everyone. And tracing the heart shape. Well done everyone.

Numbers and different cultures come together

Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Tuesday Hug Group today with instructor Kim from Whole body Therapy.

This is open to Everyone.

Please contact us to sign you or someone you know up.

The Easter bunny came early

to Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Wednesday Get Together Group members for those lonely, vulnerable and isolated residents all thanks to Tesco PLC Barking and Bouygues UK.

Had a fantastic day out with members of some of the Get Together Group members visiting Venture wildlife park and then onto the garden centre at Ware in Hertfordshire members were treated to a show which they experienced touching a snake which some held. An Owl ,hedgehog and a skunk one member who is 96 said to me that in her 96 years this was one of her best days out and the first time she touched a snake. A big thank you to all the volunteers who didn’t stop all day

To all the kind hearted members of staff who work for the London Borough of Dagenham donating toiletries and non perishable food to Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Get Together Groups for the residents of the borough who are lonely, isolated and vulnerable.

Kindest regards from Joan Brandon Lynne Hopkins, Kelly Price and myself at BDVB

Keeping physically active keeps the brain mentally active

Flower arranging and discussing colours

Being a Get Together Group member you never stop learning.

Today it was ' blooming ' lovely

Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre is celebrating Volunteers Week by visiting all our 13 Get Together Groups to thank all the Volunteers and making Presentations to them

We decided not to have one Volunteer Presentation but to have a Celebration at each Group do that the Isolated, Lonely Older Residents can thank their Volunteers as well as us.


The 13 Get Together Groups are run completely by Volunteers who give their time every week so that we can get our Older Residents out of their homes, enjoy meeting new friends, enjoy activities and combat their loneliness.

We need more Volunteers so that we can open more GTG Groups to get more Isolated, Lonely Older Residents out to enjoy themselves.

Please if you can drive, spend time with our members get in touch with us

Volunteers from BDSWA receiving their certificates during National Volunteer Week 2018 from Joan Brandon and Lynne Hopkins (BDVB)

Community crafting group organiser Kim French with volunteers from her Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Get Together Group

More Volunteering Awards given to Lisa Ann, Nicky & Christine celebrating volunteer week.

What an absolutely fantastic celebration today with lots of lovely people that we have worked with over the past few years.  Thank you to the lovely Madam Mayor Cllr Sanchia Alasia for attending and meeting everyone.  

Thank you so much to everyone that came, everyone that helped and also to the lovely staff at Eastbury Manor House. Photos by the lovely Rebecca Rutter.

Members of the Volunteer Bureau Get Together are going in to show Business. A Partnership between The Volunteer Bureau and Studio Three are working on a Production to be Performed in September and October . It is a production bringing back memories of the songs and Dances of their Youth. Some of our Members were in the Fantastic Merchant of Venice which was produced by Studio Three and An Outdoor Production in Barking. For most of our Members this is a first time in Theatre. Under the Superb Tutoring and Support from Studio Three they are achieving so much and most importantly really enjoying the experience.

Contact Sarah and Kim