The Government’s new flagship ‘Levelling Up’ Fund will prioritise the Chancellor’s own local authority, where houses are currently on sale for £2.5 million, for regeneration which will funnel money away from areas with higher levels of need.

Barking and Dagenham has been included in the first tier of priority, which does not in itself secure investment, and Havering has been placed in the second priority tier.

 

Gemma Gray the Community Champion for Dagenham’s Asda store has gone above and beyond for Asda customers affected by the pandemic.

Last week Asda was contacted by an elderly customer who was unable to leave their home due to shielding and had no access to the internet. Selflessly, Gemma stepped in to do the customers shopping in her own time, and even delivered the shopping to the customer personally after work.

 

This week the Mardyke Community Centre in South Hornchurch announced it would receive a £20,000 grant from ‘Clarion Futures’ the charity branch of Clarion Housing Group.  

The community centre has played an important role in the lives of local residents at Orchard Village for many years. In normal times the Centre provides a range of community activities such as bingo evenings, IT classes, after school clubs, knit and natter sessions, and historically it has been the hub where residents of the estate seek advice, help, and support.

 

Rainham Village has suffered repeated flooding in recent months. Many residents in Brookway, South Hall Drive, Stirling Close and nearby roads had flood water enter their homes causing damage to property and long lasting disruption and distress to families.

 

Long suffering residents of Wennington Village in Rainham have responded overwhelmingly in favour of measures to control HGVs plaguing their lives. Jon Cruddas MP issued a survey to all residents of the village in response to local people contacting him about the problems they face with lorry traffic cutting through the village. Issues raised with the MP included nuisance noise, vibrations which can be felt in properties, and damage to the road surfacing.

 

In 2020 The National Lottery Community Fund invested in community groups and projects to help them adapt and continue to deliver their services throughout the coronavirus crisis. In light of this, The National Lottery CF have released new research which found that the pandemic has helped to reignite people’s interest in their local community and sparked a desire to be more involved in 2021.

 

Today Fay Hough interviewed CEO Anthony Lowe of local charity Tapestry on behalf of Jon Cruddas MP regarding their current “lockdown three” operation.

 

This year has been unlike any other in our lifetime, and very few of us will find ourselves sorry to see the back of 2020. As we approach an altogether different Christmas from what we are used to, I think it is important to say thank you and pay tribute to all those that have made great sacrifices to keep us safe throughout the year.

 

On Monday 14 December the Trussell Trust Rainham Foodbank are hosting ‘A Hope for the Season’ via YouTube. The event will be a virtual Christmas party for the community, and in particular those that rely on the services they provide throughout the year.

The event will be broadcast live via YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3qhqoaa

 

Havering Volunteer Centre has been providing vital support for elderly and vulnerable residents across the borough throughout the pandemic. This year they are calling on local people to donate items from the list below so that they can deliver some Christmas cheer to those that are in need. Donations will also be used to raise funds to support the ongoing work of the Havering Volunteer Centre. Items requested are:

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