Every One Every Day builds on the imaginative ‘hands on’ projects that people have been creating over the last few years in their own neighbourhoods.
These practical projects make everyday life better for everyone, and the initiative has been designed so we can build a very large network of this activity. We need to create a lot of projects together to make a real difference - making life better for families, friends and neighbours. Every One Every Day will work with residents and local organisations to create a network of 250 projects across Barking and Dagenham.
These projects include sharing knowledge, spaces and resources, for families to work and play together, for bulk cooking, food growing, tree planting, for trading, making and repairing, and for growing community businesses.
Because these types of practical projects are designed for people to work together on an equal footing and are also social and enjoyable we know already that they create lots of mutual benefits for people taking part.
They make people feel welcome, happy and connected to neighbours from all walks of life; improve levels of health and wellbeing; increase learning and provide new pathways to work and self employment ... as well as helping to make neighbourhoods kinder to the planet by creating lots of opportunities to grow, share, repair and recycle.
We launched Every One Every Day in November 2017.
If you live in Barking and Dagenham and want to start a project right away, please contact us below.
Making participation fully inclusive
The Every One Every Day initiative is dedicated to making practical participation fully inclusive.
We know that only 3% of people in the UK are involved in neighbourhood projects, while 60% say they would like to be. Our research has shown that many opportunities for involvement locally are designed for people with more time and confidence, and that the majority of people have very busy lives, with work, raising children, caring for relatives or managing their own health issues.
Which is why we think that if we are serious about ensuring that everyone benefits from the effects of working together on practical projects, then we have to design the projects a certain way. We'll be working tirelessly throughout the first 5 years to take away all the logistical, cultural and structural barriers to participating regularly.
All the projects through Every One Every Day will be supported by the initiative's infrastructure. This means that together we can grow a large network of projects and activity without any of them having to become their own micro-organisation involving complicated and time consuming processes.
Below are some of the design principles we will be using for the projects to ensure that the activity becomes part of the fabric of everyday life, not something requiring extraordinary amounts of time or heroic effort. We know that when we design projects in this way that it really helps people access practical participation, allowing people to experience the benefits first hand when they have the time, the skills or the inspiration.
We will be measuring all the benefits and outcomes from the activity, and making these metrics public immediately. We think that showing what is being achieved through participation in practical projects is just as important to residents as it is to funders. We are aiming to create new set of Indices - linked directly to the practication outcomes.
Welcoming & inclusive
Easy and practical
Low time and commitment
No or low cost
Equal and mutual
Introduce or accompany
Beginner to expert
Many & varied activity
100% open - no stigma
Projects built with everyone
Close to home
Immediate & accumulative benifts