Who We Are?

One Community brings local people from Tilbury and southern Thurrock together to release their full potential through residents sharing their diverse backgrounds, experience, skills, and talents to create social and economic well-being for all in the community. We do this through facilitating volunteering, peer mentoring, job opportunities, skills and career development, financial inclusion and literacy, access to accredited training, life coaching and space to carry out partnership work.

One Community Development Trust is a locally grown initiative, created by community groups, voluntary groups and Tilbury and Chadwell St Mary residents, for the benefit of local people across southern Thurrock in particular. Lots of change and regeneration are planned for this area.

We work in partnership with agencies, local businesses and the community to help ensure that local people are able to participate in and gain from the opportunities, and that needs are addressed in the best way for the community.

Our Core Objectives

  • To Develop the capacity and skills of local people.

  • To work in partnership with promote community wellbeing.

  • To manage or source affordable & accessible community facilities.

  • To create a sustainable community anchor organisation

Our Values

  • Partnership – We work together with our community

  • Empowerment – We help build confidence to be able to support one another

  • Respect – We show value by listening to one another without judgement

  • Integrity – We do what we say we will do

  • Openness – We encourage sincerity and honesty when dealing with one another

  • Dignity – We are honourable towards each other


One Community has won a number of awards over the years for the work we’ve put in. We’re very proud of each and every one of them, so we’ve decided to put them in a place available for everyone to view them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

In 2018, One Community Development Trust was nominated for The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service, which is the equivalent of an MBE. We’re very proud of this; it shows that all the work we’ve put in over the years really has been meaningful.

Award from Tilbury on the Thames Trust

We have worked with Tilbury on the Thames on projects before, such as the Tilbury Carnival which was led by them. We helped by organising a group of volunteers to recruit participants to make and carry flags throughout the event.

We were given an award for the impact One Community has made in Tilbury, presented to us by RCCG Fruitfulland.