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.

Run 4 Life is a platform for local charities across Barking and Dagenham to raise funds. The event will take place on Sunday 9th April where residents will run or walk 5km or 10km for their chosen charity or community group. The event will start at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club on Victoria Road, Dagenham, RM10 7XL from 8am on the day.

Recently, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham sent his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough to visit Rainham Hall to explore the grounds following their major conservation and interpretation project from October 2015. This charming early eighteenth century house is nestled in the heart of Rainham village on the far eastern fringes of London. With engaging installations and changing exhibitions, there is something for all ages. Rainham Hall has been home to a richly diverse cast of characters.

Half a million pounds raised in the Charity Walk for Peace was given to a range of British charities at a special reception in the House of Commons. The event was co-hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association (AMEA) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the Terrace Pavilion in the House of Commons. 

The funds were raised primarily at the ‘Charity Walk For Peace’ walk held earlier in the year where over 2,500 people participated in the Royal Docks area of London.

Foodbanks call for direct DWP hotline, as new figures show half a million emergency food parcels distributed by Trussell Trust foodbanks in six months.

  • More than 500,000 three day emergency food parcels distributed to people in crisis in first half of the year – over 188,500 to children
  • Issues with benefits account for 44 per cent of all referrals
  • Charity calls for foodbank telephone ‘hotline’ to local Job Centres to support people in crisis more quickly and efficiently, reducing negative impact on mental wellbeing

The Big Lottery Fund is the biggest community funder in the UK. They are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and fund 13,000 projects every year. Most of their grants are small – £10,000 or less – but they transform communities and change millions of lives every year. Since June 2004 they have awarded over £9 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to supporting older people facing isolation.

Today is Time to Talk Day 2016, part of the Time to Change campaign that was set up to combat mental health stigmatisation and discrimination. The campaign has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and is now coordinating a range of projects to help the growing number of people across the UK suffering from mental illness. Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham pledged his support for the campaign back in 2012 and thinks initiatives such as this are becoming increasingly important in the fight against stigma.

This Monday, November 10th, marked the beginning of Trustees’ Week, a celebration of the one million charity trustees across England and Wales. Charities will be holding hundreds of events this week to thank their trustees for their hard work and dedication. Trustees are the backbone of any charity, and they perform many vital services often without much recognition.

Local MP Jon Cruddas has thrown his support behind a UK charity’s campaign to improve public transport access for the blind and partially sighted. Last Friday he donned a blindfold to experience a ride on the 103 bus near to his Dagenham and Rainham constituency office.