In light of the current Covid-19 crisis Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of organisations providing advice for constituents in a range of different circumstances. This week Jon was contacted by Diabetes UK who have provided specific advice for those living with diabetes across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park.

Regular updates can be found here: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus 

This month’s ‘community focus’ concentrates on an Essex Charity helping thousands of homeless people every single month. Friends of Essex & London Homeless are a local charity driven by one single goal: “to do their part in making the world a better place for all.” They are a small group made up of volunteers who travel to central London every Wednesday evening to set up a ‘pop up’ soup kitchen at Charing Cross, which ensures hundreds of homeless receive a hot meal.

 

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.

Jon Cruddas MP has recently been contacted by The Silver Sunday Team regarding this years Silver Sunday which will be on Sunday 6 October. Silver Sunday is a special day in the national calendar established to celebrate older people.

The day is a chance for local businesses, charities, schools, faith and community groups to host events that champion older people and encourage other organisations to work closer with the ‘silver community’.

London City Airport has launched a new £75,000 Community Fund to support local charities and organisations that represent inclusive and diverse communities across East London.

Grants ranging from £300 to £3,000 are available for charities and not-for-profit organisations to enable significant and positive change for communities across East London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Epping Forest District Council, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Lambeth, Lewisham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Last week – First Step, a local charity for disabled Children, announced that they need to raise £200,000 to avoid closure after losing funding from Havering Council.

The charity in Tangmere Crescent, Elm Park, has continued to provide support for hundreds of children with special needs and disabilities for many years and has become a vital part of the community.

In 2017 First Step lost funding from the local authority and has had to draw further into its charity reserves. The charity has now expressed three options on their future outcome:

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the launch of a new initiative which will double the street outreach team and prepare severe weather shelters to open London-wide whenever freezing temperatures are forecast in a bid to help rough sleepers in the capital. Alongside this contactless donation points have been set up across London offering Londoners the chance to donate to homeless charity projects directly.

On May 17th 2018, local autism charity ‘The Sycamore Trust’ released a statement regarding funding cuts implemented by Havering Council. Two of the trust’s Wednesday night clubs had been told to ‘shut down immediately’ after the local authority withdrew vital funding. Both youth clubs provided activities for children and young people with autism, and adults with learning difficulties.

Earlier this year Dagenham United Charity organised Easter eggs to be delivered to the 150 children currently living in Butler Court, a homeless hostel in Dagenham. Normally during the festive season the charity organises hampers for struggling residents but this Christmas Councillor Margaret Mullane, one of the Trustees for Dagenham United Charity, is taking it a step further.

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.

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