Why I love working in Barking & Dagenham

September 24, 2015

I have the pleasure of overseeing our work and partnership with Barking and Dagenham Council. In this role, I get to work with so many passionate people across the borough and am inspired by those around me on a daily basis.

I recently received a message that really summarised this feeling for me and it’s moments like this that make me stop and think, this is why we do what we do:

“Just a personal thank you from Richard Alibon ARP for the cash you have been able to give us to help out with transport costs to take the children to their swimming lessons.

We had our first ever SEN swimming lesson this morning with SEN trained swimming teachers. The joy on the children ‘s faces would have melted your heart. Every child succeeded today. Confidence increased as the lesson progressed and previously nervous and shaking children were splashing about and thoroughly engaged with everything the instructors were asking of them. I have been teaching for 25 years this year and I think this was one of my proudest moments.

I deliberated long and hard about starting the lessons with our youngest children but I am so glad that they went. We will be continuing for the rest of the year and myself and my staff can’t wait to see the progression that the children will make.

Once again thank you for your enthusiasm and support.

Kindest regards
Sallyanne Gray
ARP MANGER”

This is why we as an organisation exist and I for one can’t wait to continue creating results and impact like the above with our fantastic community partners in Barking and Dagenham.

Felix Sullivan
SportInspired Games Manager

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