Rainham resident Fay Hough has launched a campaign for safer streets in the heart of Rainham. With the support of Jon Cruddas MP, Fay is asking the London Borough of Havering to consider introducing safety measures on Upminster Road South. As a local resident Fay has noticed an increase in speeding and reckless driving near schools and throughout the village, something that a recent survey from Jon Cruddas MP also found. Speaking to other residents there are growing concerns regarding the dangerous driving and growing number of Mopeds in Rainham Village.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) have launched a campaign, Dying to Work, that aims to protect the jobs of the terminally ill.  The Equality Act 2010 does not currently prevent employers from dismissing those with a terminal diagnosis if they fail a capability assessment that has been ‘reasonably’ adjusted. 

In September 2016 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) required improvement.  The Trust is responsible for delivering integrated community and mental health services for Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Waltham Forest also including parts of Essex.  With just 6,000 staff they care for a total of 2.5 million people.

In the four years since the pharmaceutical company Sanofi left its former manufacturing site across from Dagenham East Station, significant efforts have been made to regenerate the area and bring in new businesses and services. These regeneration projects serve to provide new employment opportunities for residents in the Dagenham area, and help to shed a positive light on the borough.

On Wednesday 29th of March, day three of Autism Awareness Week Jon Cruddas MP hosted a coffee morning at Londoneast-UK, Dagenham East. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. 1 in 100 people in the UK have a diagnosis of autism.

On Monday 27th of March, day one of Autism Awareness Week, Havering Coordinator Fay Hough visited Tree Tops Day Project in Rainham. Tree Tops is a day project for adults with learning disabilities which opened in 2010. They provide a stimulating environment where people can participate in different activities and realise their full potential. Adults can leave site every day and attend leisure activities such as swimming and bingo, as well as learning important life skills such as shopping, cooking and hands on money skills.

On Monday 27th of March, day one of Autism Awareness Week, Havering Coordinator Fay Hough visited DABD in Dagenham to find out more about their services and why they play a vital role in our community. People may face barriers in life for several reasons – whether it’s disability (physical and sensory), unemployment, poverty, isolation, poor health and lack of work or training. DABD want to break down the barriers that can prevent people from living the life they would choose and encourage them to be as independent as they want to be.

There has been a lot of activity in South Havering recently with important campaigns running successfully. Campaigns include Jon’s ‘C2C Service Consultation’, ‘Save Hornchurch Job Centre’ and ‘Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour’ campaign. With spirits high and lots of information to be shared Jon is looking to his constituency for help, Jon needs you!

Earlier this week, a constituent contacted Jon about a fantastic opportunity for young students to express themselves and tap into their creativity by entering a writing competition entitled the Agboola Award for Creative Writing in Schools. This award encourages students to engage in the world of story-telling and allows them a chance to be inspired both by the world around them, and their own personal imaginations.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging local schools in the Dagenham and Rainham area to participate in the Speaker’s School Council Awards- an awards program that seeks to celebrate school council projects that have made a positive impact in their schools and local communities. This award is run by Parliament’s Education Service on behalf of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. Jon Bercow MP, and offers schools the unique opportunity to highlight what makes their student councils great, while encouraging democracy and teamwork within the councils themselves.

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