huggett women's centre

The Huggett Women's Centre is provided by nia in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services (B&DCVS) and Disability Association Barking and Dagenham (DABD UK).
What we do?
There are a range of activities including regular drop-ins (Tuesdays from 10am – 12 pm and Thursdays from 2pm – 4pm) and support groups, specialist advocacy, counselling, awareness raising, creative activism, learning sessions, and one off special events for all women and for girls aged 11 and above. Children are welcome to come along too. All sessions are free. To use the crèche, please contact us for availability. Activities change regularly so it is best to contact the centre directly. Come and join us. Get in touch. Get involved.

Our Ethos:
The Centre offers a vibrant, accessible and welcoming environment for all women and girls to be supported to build positive relationships and share their energy.  We support women and girls to face the multiple and complex disadvantages that they experience. In particular those relating to inequality between women and men, race, class, sexuality, disability, domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence and exploitation.

What's on?
    Art and crafts, Coffee mornings, Counselling, Drop-in groups, Employment skills, Focus groups, Girl's Group (11-14), Mother/Carer and child stay and play, Social events, Specialist support groups (Ashiana), Support groups for disabled women (DABD), Therapeutic courses, Training to external service, Volunteering opportunities, Women's groups, Women's workshops and Young women's groups (15-18)

What's at the Centre?

IT suite, community café, conference/training rooms (available for hire to organisations who share our ethos), counselling rooms, crèche and outside play space and a quiet reading room.



Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10am–5pm Saturday mornings
We are also open for occasional evenings. Please check with the centre directly as these times are subject to change.

Contact details
T: 020 3813 2955
321-329 Heathway, Dagenham, RM9 5AF

How do I get there?

Tube (district line zone 5): the venue is five minutes walks on the main road from Dagenham Heathway Bus: 173, 174, 175, 364
Car: We have two parking spaces and reserve these for disabled women.

Our namesake

Anne Huggett (1892-1996) was a working class, militant Suffragette who lived in Dagenham. From the age of 19 she played an active part in the suffrage campaign for women’s right to vote.

Is the space women only?

Yes all of our services are for women and girls. Under 11 boys may come to the crèche.

How can I join a support group?

We have a referral form you can complete. Email us and we will send this to you. You can also drop-in and pick one up.