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NMS's Dragon's Den 2017 got off to a great start, with a first voting event on 11 July at Eastern Avenue Baptists Church hall, where the Church let us share their Coffee Stop (10am-12pm Tuesdays). We then moved on to the main event on 13 July at Marks Gate community centre. More than 200 people descended on us to vote, eat and enjoy amazing kids entertainment.

11 projects got your vote - all very different. Here's a quick re-cap:

SmileBrain Food: free breakfasts for children and young people

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 SmileCarpet Bowls: social activity for men and women to help reduce isolation

carpet bowls

SmileCircus Skills for All: equipment for scouts plus community workshops


SmileCultural Festival: community event with diverse food, music, dance and dress


SmilePop-up Creative Cafe: arts & crafts workshops in the holidays

creative cafe

SmileIT Fun Cafe: basic computing and social networking skills for adults

IT fun cafe

SmileLet's Explore: play and learn together for 0-5 year olds with their parents,
grandparents or carers


SmileMoney & Debt Management Training: money advice sessions,

information events plus confidential telephone debt support


SmileNimble Fingers & Board Games: knitting, crochet, embroidery and board
games for adults


SmileParent Gym - Parenting Programme with creche: support around behaviour and setting
children boundaries 

parent gym

SmileProject BMX Barking & Dagenham: BMX cycling coaching for children and
young people


...and just to round up, a few more pics from the Den...





IT talk

Tim & Irene

Click on our special edition newsletter below to find out more about all the fantastic projects that were up for your vote:

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2016 was the year of our first ever Dragon's Den, when 7 projects were funded:

  • Sustrans - Money towards a bike track
  • Wednesday Workshop - Goodies for the kids to enjoy sports and get creative
  • St Marks Health & Fitness - Zumba for different ages
  • The Childrens Food Trust - Healthy eating workshops
  • Marks Gate Infants PTA - A childrens vegetable garden
  • Lioness 1 O'Clock Club - Day trips out 
  • Stav's Street Fit - Dance fitness classes 

Read this blog post for more information the 2016 event.