The Osborne Partnership, a local charity, tell us about their work.

“Having been an integral part of community life in Barking & Dagenham since it was established in 1997, in 2012 the Osborne Partnership continues to be a standard bearer for supporting local people and making a positive difference to people’s lives.


Hands off our hospital

Here in Dagenham and Rainham the local NHS services are cherished. That's because above all else what matters to most of us is health and the health of those we love.However, following the recent CQC report Dagenham and Rainham still has major healthcare issues:- Queens is seriously overstretched and under pressure with funding problems for operations. These problems are reflected in the service members of the public are receiving.

The latest unemployment figures for Dagenham and Rainham have been released, and they make grim reading.

3,692 people are now unemployed across the constituency.  The figures – which refer to November 2011 – show that unemployment locally is now at 8.3%, giving Dagenham and Rainham the 90th highest rate out of the 650 UK Parliamentary constituencies.

Jon Cruddas MP said: ‘These figures are a bitter blow for local people.  The picture has worsened month on month, and across our community there are now 556 more people out of work than there were a year ago.

Jon Cruddas MP has given a warm welcome to a Christian charity initiative, providing Christmas hampers for families in need.

The hampers will be sent to four children’s centres across the constituency: Leys, in Wellington Road; John Perry, in Auriel Avenue; William Bellamy, in Frizlands Lane; and Wellgate, in Rose Lane.  Thanks to the Christian charity His Church, each centre will receive ten hampers, filled with clothes, toys and food.

Jon Cruddas MP has announced the winner of his first-ever Christmas card competition.

The winning picture – by local schoolgirl Ella Pierson, will go on the front of all of the Christmas cards Jon sends out to constituents and colleagues.

Jon Cruddas MP has lent his support to a campaign highlighting the fact that 60% of all children who live below the poverty line come from families who have at least one adult working. 

The Fair Pay Network have made a video about the problems associated with low pay as part of the campaign.