International community group visits Barking Food Bank

PUBLISHED: 10:29 28 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:29 28 February 2016

Active Citizens with Barking Food Bank volunteers

Active Citizens with Barking Food Bank volunteers


Members of an international community initiative visited food bank volunteers on Thursday last week, inspiring the group to keep up their good work.

Representatives from social leadership training programme Active Citizens dropped in to meet members of Barking Food Bank, in Abbey Retail Park, after a pair of Barking and Dagenham residents visited Bangladesh last month.

Travelling with a group of 30 people from all over the world, their visit was part of the exchange programme where Active Citizens learn from social action projects from around the world to benefit from experience and see best practice.

Accompanied by councillors, members of the exchange programme swapped stories with local volunteers.

Food bank director Obi Onyeabor admitted the visit inspired them to keep up their good work.

“It was really inspiring to see other people working in good causes because it shows you’re not the only one.

“Sometimes we come across challenges and times where we struggle so it’s really encouraging to meet other who are doing good for the community too.”

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