Thames Ward has a proportion of job seekers allowance claimants and DWP benefits claimants that is above the borough average. However, our work in the area has highlighted that it is also home to many exceptionally motivated and talented residents. The ward, like Barking and Dagenham as a whole, is particularly diverse in its ethnic make-up and with that diversity comes a range of talents and experiences which our Skills & Enterprise Citizen Action Group is passionate about nurturing.
Residents are conscious that as the ward grows so too will opportunities for employment and small business locally. However, without access to the necessary support and training many will have limited options.
Skills & Enterprise Citizen Action Group members are adamant that resident-led interventions are what the community needs to create long-term change and have begun to make some progress (see below).