Breaking Boundaries in Barking and Dagenham with Aidan Elmore!

Breaking Boundaries is a three-year programme (2018 –2021) funded by Spirit of 2012, supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and The Institute of Community Cohesion (Icoco).

1) Why do you enjoy volunteering? 

I enjoy volunteering as it makes me feel good. Being that I suffer from Anxiety (OCD) it helps me feel positive about myself. Being a volunteer a part of 'BD CAN', representing Breaking Boundaries and Heath Champion for Barking and Dagenham is extremely rewarding. 


2) What is the most challenging part of being a volunteer? 

I do not find it challenging it is rewarding. I would eventually like a paid job being a PE teacher (going university in September 2020) but until then I enjoy volunteering to help those who are vulnerable during this difficult time. 


3) What made you decide to start making video challenges? 

I saw cricket coach Kanan doing it and I thought it was awesome! I, therefore, wanted to create my own ones.

I first started filming myself doing PE With Joe indoor workouts, now I post tennis, football and cricket challenges on Facebook and have given some to the coordination team at Breaking Boundaries Barking and Dagenham to share on twitter/Instagram! 

4) How did you get involved with the food bank in Barking and Dagenham? 

In November 2018 I become a volunteer for Barking and Dagenham Council through becoming a Health Champion. I had a contact from the council and I started off helping with letter delivery in Dagenham. But later I became involved with the food bank. I volunteer on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings.  

5) Why is the food bank such an important service? 

Food parcels being given to residents doorsteps, this means that they can safely self-isolate without having to leave their homes to buy food and other essentials – it is a very important service given the current pandemic. 

6) What kinds of things do you do at the food bank to help out? 

I help lift boxes, I put food in parcels, I also work in a team to put them into vans and take them off vans. I also sort the food into similar product groups and we finish the day by doing an estimated stock count. 

7) Why is 'BD Can' such an important project in Barking and Dagenham? 

BD CAN helps build an important network of relationships between the council, voluntary sector and local residents. The coming together of a community to support each other during these unprecedented times. We can be great when we work together and BD CAN helps highlight that for Barking and Dagenham. 

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8) What message of positivity can you give out to anyone feeling worried or stressed out at this time? 

"Stay strong and carry on, you can do it! I believe in you!"