This week (14-20 June 2021) is the first ever Renters' Rights Awareness Week and Generation Rent have organised a number of online events in conjunction with trade unions such as the GMB, Community and Unison and the week itself is funded by The Barrow Cadbury Trust.

This week is Dementia Awareness Week. Jon Cruddas MP has long supported a number of dementia charities and made the case, that with an ageing population, more investment must be directed towards adult social care.

This year to mark the week and raise awareness Jon has asked local Dagenham resident and member of Tide Carers Janis Cottee to explain how the pandemic has impacted social care in our communities and the lives of carers.

This week (10-16 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme outlined by the Mental Health Foundation for 2021 is ‘nature'. During the height of lockdown in 2020 Jon Cruddas MP contacted the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care urging the government to put in place a comprehensive and strategic plan for mental health support.

Millions of people are now facing financial insecurity as a by-product of the pandemic and many will have been adversely affected by prolonged spells of social isolation.

Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day 2020. The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on the 10th October every year. This year's theme set by the Mental Health Foundation is "mental health for all".

This week (Sept 7 – Sept 13) is Air Ambulance Week which is an opportunity for all the UK's air ambulance charities to celebrate their life-saving services. For London's Air Ambulance Charity, this will be the first large scale fundraising opportunity since the pandemic.

Jon Cruddas MP has been a long-time supporter of the London Air Ambulance and has worked to raise awareness and in 2016 promoted their fundraising campaign to purchase a second helicopter.

This week is Royal Mail's National Dog Awareness Week (Monday 6 July – Friday 10 July 2020), a week set aside to raise awareness of the postmen and women who have suffered dog attacks whilst doing their job. Last year 2,445 postal workers were attacked when delivering the post and some of these incidents have left postal workers seriously injured both physically and emotionally.

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is ‘Kindness'. This year it is more important than ever to mark the week, raise awareness and start to break down the stigma often associated with mental ill health.

Ahead of MHAW2020 Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: "protecting our mental health is going to be central to us coping with and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic - with the psychological and social impacts likely to outlast the physical symptoms of the virus."

This week would have been Dementia Action Week 2020 but due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Alzheimer's Society and other leading charities have taken the difficult decision to postpone it. Jon Cruddas MP has been a long-time supporter of dementia awareness campaigns and this year, with the recent controversy surrounding care homes Jon believed that the week should not go unmarked.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging residents to support XLP's Annual City Sleep Out on 20th March 2020. You can find out more about the event here: https://www.xlp.org.uk/city-sleepout.html

The London based charity are aiming to raise £30,000 to support projects that keep young people in school and out of gangs. The event will also help raise awareness of the issues facing young people growing up in poverty.

Saturday 21st September is World Alzheimer's Day and Jon Cruddas MP is Joining Alzheimer's Research UK to call for greater awareness of dementia and the need for more research. The announcement comes ahead of World Alzheimer's Day as the charity launches a major new awareness campaign fronted by Samuel L. Jackson.

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