By Member, Feb 21 2020 12:48PM

I lost my wife in October 2019 after battling cancer for over 5 years. Following her death, I was depressed and lost. I was in ground zero and desperately needed to rediscover my 'mojo'.

A friend suggested 'TLC Therapeutic Workshop' in One Community, and my first visit was the spark that started me to recovery. The group approach made me understand and appreciate the challenges other members were undergoing and the efforts taken at resolutions. The speaker was very helpful with hands-on advice. Most helpful for me was having a speaker who easily identified with the challenges of the group, thereby breaking down barriers to healing.

It's been over 2 months since I completed the session, and I am in a better place. I am now comfortable with speaking out and meeting people. I have applied for volunteer opportunities and hopeful for a positive response. most importantly, I am growing in confidence in my ability to cater to my family's needs.

I would recommend the TLC Therapeutic Workshop to anyone who finds him/herself in the dumps and is serious about finding respite.


By Member, Feb 21 2020 12:42PM

In November 2019, I walked to One Community to ask for help with the state of disrepair in my temporary accommodation.

I was only given 72 hours notice by the local authority to move into this property otherwise according to the local authority I would have made myself internationally homeless. At the viewing, I observed mould, damp and a few other repairs which I brought to the landlord's attention. The landlord told me that its the lifestyle of the previous tenants (ie lack of ventilation, cleaning and drying clothes created condensation on the walls). He reassured me that all the problems will be dealt with before I move in and so in January 2019, we moved in. Eleven monthis into our tenancy, the mould and damp had gotten worse and despite our repeated telephone calls to the landlord nothing got done. I went to One Community and spoke with Bernice, she asked me to do a short video for her. Thereafter, Bernice wrote to the landland and copied Thurrock Environmental Health who then visited my address and ordered the landlord to carry out the works. The landlord has been served - Housing Act 2004 notice to address all the repairs/ the work by April 2020 . I am happy to say that following on from Bernice's intervention, Environmental Health are now involved and the landlord has commenced the works.

Bernice and One Community are our voice as English is not our first language. They help people like myself and family and show that they really care for your best interest. Thank you for your help, advice and support. Without One Community I wouldn't know what to do and where to go so I am sooooooo grateful for the little things that mean a lot to me such as every Wednesday calling me to come for support with the food.

Thank you


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”

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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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