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.

Tesco’s held their fourth National Food Collection earlier this month, in conjunction with the Trussell Trust who provide three days emergency to individuals and families who are in crisis, and FareShare who fight hunger and distribute food to local charities. The collection was in all Tesco’s stores across the country and aimed to get enough food to provide 5 million meals for families across the country. Jon Cruddas, local MP for Dagenham and Rainham has supported the project in the past and always encourages local residents to come out in support of the National Food Collection.

Jon Cruddas, local Labour MP for Barking and Dagenham strongly supports the terrific work of local resident Haedish Khera-White, who has managed to raise a fantastic £922 for the Chadwell Heath Community Centre which is currently being renovated. Haedish is the wife of local Whalebone Councillor John White, and is very active in the local community fundraising for local projects. This year Haedish ran the Brighton Marathon for CHCC. The Marathon is 26.2 miles long, which requires an enormous amount of stamina and training.

Do you remember the Robert Jeyes Library? After local Ward Councillors and various charity groups campaigned hard for the library to stay open and continue providing its services earlier this year, we have some more great news! It is currently being converted into the Chadwell Heath Community Centre (CHCC), and will provide more services to the local community on top of those the library used to provide.

Chadwell Heath Community Centre needs your support!

Each year the local Sainsbury’s branch at Chadwell Heath chooses a charity partner to support for 12 months. The partner is decided upon by the public and all you have to do is get down to the Sainsbury’s in Chadwell Heath and fill out a nomination form.

The community centre offers many local services, acting as a children's centre, hosting activities for residents and still providing the area with its only library.

Recently Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by a local resident who brought this story to his attention regarding a local woman and her battle against cancer. Jon is in full support of the family and hopes that even in these hard times people will do all they can to help the them.

Here is Lauren Dixon's story:

Small Charity Week 2013: June 17th – June 22nd

The following article was published by the Barking and Dagenham Post on the 4th April 2012. You can find the original article here: edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx

Dagenham MP Jon  Cruddas is supporting a  prostrate cancer campaign aimed at identifying a national set of  standards for the care of  sufferers.

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