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About Us

In 1998, the members of Bonny Downs Baptist Church launched a community development charity to help tackle the poverty, loneliness and injustices in their neighbourhood. The charity’s first project was renovating a nearby community centre which had stood empty for several years.

Their vision was to create a hub for local community projects that would benefit local people from all walks of life. A team of volunteers began fundraising, talking to the council, recruiting other local residents, and getting their hands dirty demolishing the old building. After many years of hard work, they reopened the centre, now called The Well, in 2001. The building now stands as Bonny Downs Community Association.  


BDCA is a dynamic community-led charity that has been serving the residents of the London Borough of Newham since 1998. We support a diverse cross-section of our local community, working with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. We aim to have a positive impact on local lives through a wide range of services and activities designed to bring people together and provide opportunities for people to connect with neighbours; improve their health and wellbeing; access the support they need; learn new skills; give back to their community; and celebrate life.

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Bonny Downs Community Association
The Well Community Centre, 49 Vicarage Lane, London E6 6DQ
Tel: 0208 586 7070 | Email:
Charity Reg No: 1071625 | Company Limited by Guarantee No: 3625785

Photos provided by Bonny Downs & Voices for Change, additional photography provided Charlie Clift.

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