By Member, Aug 2 2019 10:16AM

I came to One Community for assistance to reply to letters from my ex-husband's solicitors because I could not afford lawyers fees. That's when a friend asked me to go to One Community. She said they will be able to help you. So I walked in to the shop to make an appointment but the Bernice listened to me and assisted me to do the letter the same day. As I got a response I took it back to her for a reply and she respond accordingly. Eventually the she helped me to make an application to the court (Form N244) to ask the District Judge to grant me the order for the sale of our joint home after my bitter divorce which has been a dispute between myself and my ex-husband.

With Bernice's help, on 31st May 2019, at the hearing, the District Judge granted the order in my favour to sell the home.

I couldn't have done this without One Community Development's help. They are very pleasant and very accommodating and I would recommend their service to anyone who needs help.


By Member, Jun 7 2018 05:21PM

Samantha Day, a Trustee for One Community Development Trust said:

“As a trustee, volunteer and beneficiary, who is born and bred in Tilbury, we are thrilled to be acknowledged to receive the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Services. This gives us recognition and credibility which will increase our profile and reputation to work in partnership with corporate businesses on our doorstep, as well as other charitable trusts and Foundations. We would like to thank and appreciate all our volunteers for their passion and dedication over the years in supporting the community to become a place to be proud to live and work”.

By Member, Jun 7 2018 05:17PM

A 34 year old white male who found himself homeless through no fault of his own came to

One Community for help in finding accommodation. According to him, he works with the circus acrobatic group and during the peak season when there is work he stays with the team on the caravan but as the season is over, he is homeless, with no money and no means of feeding himself. He went to the local authority for help and an officer signposted him to One Community for help.

We made a few telephone calls to a couple of our partners and I was able to secure an appointment for him to “Open Door” where they were able to offer him a temporary accommodation in Southend. On the same day I offered him a food voucher to help him in the meantime. He came back to let me know of the outcome of the help we gave him.

“I felt like I was at my end till I came here and made to feel like I am not just a statistic on paper”

By Member, Jan 19 2018 07:41PM

I was unemployed, and came in for food voucher at the One Community. They asked if I needed support with getting a job as I had been out of work for over 3 years. They helped me to update my CV, and during the workclub, they helped me with setting up an email address and to apply for a local job with AMAZON online application process. I had to come back to let them know that I got a call from AMAZON to go for an assessment and I now work there full-time. I could not have achieved these results in such a short space of time without support with One Community. G Bing

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This is my testimonial explaining my situation and my heartfelt appreciation to Bernice Barning my first point of contact at One Community drop-in centre. A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a scary place. Universal Credit was refusing to pay me any monies at all because I couldn't provide a tenancy or written letter.

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