Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.

A carer is someone who provides care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

There are over 45,000 new cases of prostate cancer every year in the UK. Just over 11,000 of those cases result in fatality. The ‘March for Men’ was established by Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness and funds for crucial research. The charity are investing heavily in research that'll change the game for men, meaning better diagnosis, better treatment and better prospects after treatment.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging local residents to get involved with the fundraising by registering and taking part in the annual ‘March for Men’ event in June. Full details are as follows:

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and delivered locally by the Barking and Dagenham CVS and The Young Federation – Communities Can is an initiative that has been set up to provide support for community groups and organisations.

Want to develop your organisation and the impact it has on the wider community? If your organisation is based in Barking and Dagenham, has an income of lower than £10,000 per year, and has a proven track record in helping to make the borough a better place to live and work then this could be for you.

Yesterday evening the House of Lords voted to stop the government in their tracks yet again. The government was defeated in the Lords over plans to cut ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) by £29.05 per week; from £102.15 to £73.10. This money helps support some of the most vulnerable people in society, helping those who are disabled or too sick and unfit for work.

Based on information provided by Macmillan which is publically available via the DWP, there are 520 constituents that will be effected by the implementation of this policy in Dagenham & Rainham.

Where is the Care is an innovative family run organisation that seeks to raise awareness of how vulnerable elderly people and their families can find the help they need. The family launched the initiative in response to their own poor experience of care, and aim to help people through complaints procedures. The website is a great source of information regarding not only the negatives of poor care but also the best practice of where good care has benefitted families.

DABD (uk) Re-Use Centre is based at Woodward Road, Dagenham.

DABD (uk) accept donations of furniture & can collect if necessary. DABD are only able to take good quality furniture as it will be redistributed at low cost to support local residents on low income or facing crisis. Furniture will be inspected upon collection.

DABD (uk) work with LBBD Voids team to recycle goods from vacant properties. The purpose of the Centre is to make use of furniture as well as divert goods from landfill.

For the past few months local residents of Dagenham have been voicing their opinions and concerns over the fate of the Dagenham Heathway Post Office. The Heathway Post Office is a bustling centre and is one of the very few in the borough still owned by the Post Office.