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.

Teachers from 10 schools in Barking and Dagenham have been congratulated for their role in an innovative pilot to help improve how schools support children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs at an event in Parliament today.

At the launch of the results today, teachers from William Bellamy school in Dagenham presented to an audience of fellow teachers, education experts and MPs about their experience on the pilot.

Monday 20th May 2019 marks the start of Dementia Awareness Week.

The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

The Barking & Dagenham and Havering Young Londoners Local Network is a new project funded by the Mayor of London and delivered by Barking and Dagenham CVS. The network has two aims:

 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in April 2019 was 2,350. This represents a rate of 4.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.8% in January to March 2019.

Child poverty is becoming the ‘new normal’ in parts of Britain as fastest rises in poverty hit the poorest areas.

The UK’s leading child poverty coalition is calling for the UK’s major Parties to outline ambitious child poverty-reduction strategies as new data published today shows that child poverty is becoming the norm in some parts of Britain, with more than 50% of children living trapped in poverty in some constituencies.

 

This week (13-19 May 2019) marks Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Every year the Mental Health Foundation chooses an aspect or cause of mental health to focus on and in 2019 the theme is Body Image. 

Jon Cruddas MP commented: “this is an important week to raise awareness and help break down stigmatisation and discrimination. There are some fantastic resources available online to help those dealing with mental ill health, and I urge people across Dagenham and Rainham to have a look at them.”

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Google and ParentZone with details of a fantastic opportunity for local primary schools across Dagenham and Rainham. The ‘Be Internet Legends’ teacher training is a free course which consists of a fun, interactive assembly, and a free PSHE Association accredited curriculum pack.

Last year Beam County Primary School took part and this year Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging other primary schools to take up the offer.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Thames21 who are collaborating with Land of the Fanns to host their flagship, accredited course ‘Leading a Waterway Clean Up’ in Dagenham. The course will run over two days (Saturday 11th and 18th May) and will be based in the Eastbrookend Country Park Millennium Visitor Centre, Romford, RM7 0SS.

 

On Thursday 25 April Jon Cruddas joined Cllr Sade Bright, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Aspiration at the council’s Community Food Club. The food club recently opened in Heath Ward and helps support the most vulnerable residents providing £20 worth of food for £3.50. The Food Club opened earlier this year and Jon went to meet the staff and find out how it is helping the community.

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