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DABD is a local charity that enables independence for vulnerable people, helping them to achieve a better quality of life and to make their own choices.

We have been helping local people for over 65 years. Our roots are in Barking & Dagenham where our organisation originally grew from the Physically Handicapped Associations of Dagenham and of Barking – groups set up for disabled people who had little or no support at the time. These Associations grew into the Disablement Association of Barking & Dagenham which then became DABD. Today we work across five London Boroughs (Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Newham and Waltham Forest) with a team of over 150 dedicated staff and volunteers.

The services we provide cover all ages and include:

  • support with welfare benefits and financial independence – benefits checks, filling in forms, helping families maximise their income, advocacy and challenging benefit decisions
  • support into work, training or education – helping people with the skills and confidence they need to help them find and maintain work or training, qualifications, apprenticeships whether this is CV writing, completing job applications, interview techniques, work placements
  • door to door transport – accessible transport for people with limited mobility using our fully accessible vehicles
  • care at home for adults and children – for people who want to live an independent life – help with all aspects of personal care including overnight care. Also befriending and offering a helping hand with domestic chores or support to attend appointments
  • Kid’s Patch Clubs – weekend clubs for children and young people aged 5 – 18 with disabilities or additional needs. Crafts and activities to promote confidence, positive relationships and fun.
  • support for families including befriending and independence skills
  • clubs and groups for 60 + - social clubs, craft clubs in Barking & Dagenham to combat loneliness and isolation in the older age group
  • independent travel training - supporting young people with disabilities, special educational needs (SEN) or additional needs develop coping strategies and road and personal safety skills so that they can make the journey to their place of education independently. 
  • provision of independent living equipment – daily living equipment to purchase including wheelchairs, scooters, walking aids and adapted household items and personal care products

Over 65 years our services have changed and adapted due to changing needs and a changing climate but we continue to be committed to supporting all vulnerable people in our local areas achieve greater independence.

Who to contact

Contact Name
0330 054 2500

Where to go

DABD, Pembroke Gardens
RM10 7YP

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When is it on
Office hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm. Some services operate outside of these hours. Please call us for more details.

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