Recently the Havering and Barking & Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) contacted Jon Cruddas about their launch of a public consultation in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge on ‘making intermediate care better’. Intermediate care is the specialised care that is provided to people in their own homes to prevent them from needing to go or stay longer in hospitals. These services can also be provided in residential homes and community rehab units.

Jon Cruddas currently has over 1850 local Dagenham and Rainham residents registered in his volunteer network. The network not only works as an ear on the street for Jon and local authorities, it is a fantastic opportunity for local residents to get involved in a number of community projects and campaigns.

With growing local interest in the Chadwell Heath Community Centre Anne Estlea recently attended Jon Cruddas’s annual volunteer breakfast morning. It was a great chance for Anne to highlight the progress and plans for the centre to local volunteers and Jon.

Jon, who is now a trustee of the CHCC said: “It was great to finally meet Anne, she is very driven and I can see she will get things done, bringing constant growth and improvement to the new centre. I can’t wait to see the Community Centre when the refurbishment is finished in October and it is up and running.

Earlier this month Jon spoke at the Ebor Lecture in York St John as part of the 2013-14 series entitled ‘The Morality of Austerity’. You can read the full lecture by clicking on this link: Jon Cruddas MP - 'The Common Good in an Age of Austerity' 

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Today (Friday18th July) Jon Cruddas MP held his third annual volunteer thank you breakfast. This year 80 of Jon’s key volunteers in the area were treated to a full English at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club.

From the start back in 2012 the volunteer network has grown to include over 1,900 local residents. The goal was to increase community engagement in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park where people were beginning to fall through the cracks that government cuts created locally.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2014 was 2,102. This represents a rate of 4.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 168th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

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.

In December 2013 Dagenham boxing club, with the help of Jon Cruddas MP, local councillors and LBBD finally secured a new lease. Since finalising the terms the club has been very actively sourcing funds to get a 5 year Development Plan off the ground. The new Lease was a key factor in obtaining grant funding. 

Recently the club has secured a £50,000 grant from Sport England, with this the club is planning to start major improvement works.

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.

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