This week Havering opened its second community hub which will operate between two locations, Rainham Library and the Mardyke Community Centre.

The Pop-up Community Hub will offer support to local residents across a range of services. The idea behind it is to assist with supporting communities as society and the economy recovers from the pandemic.

The Social Action team at London Riverside Church (LRC) are hosting a ‘Love the Borough' event over the weekend of 10 -11 July 2021. Over the two days LRC will undertake a variety of community projects within Barking and Dagenham.

One of the planned projects is a DIY SOS style event.

Last week Asda announced that they would be donating 7000 laptops to partner schools across the United Kingdom to tackle digital exclusion. This news broke after Jon Cruddas MP put out the call for local businesses to assist struggling schools.

According to Ofcom, around 9% of children in the UK – between 1.1 million and 1.8 million – do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home. These children are primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds and at risk of falling further behind with their education.

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:

Throughout the pandemic Havering based charity Tapestry UK have supported residents in a number of ways. At the height of the first lockdown they provided hundreds of hot meals to the most vulnerable and supported elderly more isolated residents through regular phone calls and virtual catch ups.

As we enter into the second national lockdown Tapestry UK have announced a number of measures to support people living in Havering. These measures include:

Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day 2020. The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on the 10th October every year. This year's theme set by the Mental Health Foundation is "mental health for all".

Following last night's torrential downpour many residents in the Rainham area have been affected by heavy flooding. Many have contacted Jon Cruddas MP asking him to make representations to Havering Council on their behalf.

This morning (Sunday 16 August) Jon Cruddas contacted the Chief Executive of Havering Council seeking assurances that residents will receive the support they need, and that efforts will be made to address the drainage issues and the fallout from last night.

The response from the council stated:

At the end of May Jon Cruddas MP gave his support to a charitable initiative led by Councillor Glenda Paddle with the assistance of other Barking and Dagenham Councillors, who launched a campaign to support women facing period poverty in the local area. Period poverty affects 1 in 10 women, leaving them unable to afford sanitary products.

Throughout May and June Cllr Paddle gained the support of many local businesses and some big hitters such as Asda and Sainsbury's. The Councillor has also gone direct to Always asking for support.

This week Jon Cruddas MP has received an update from Tapestry UK about their ongoing work to support residents across Havering, and how they plan to transition back to normality post-Covid whilst retaining new services.

Tapestry have been working closely with Havering Council to deliver a range of services to support the vulnerable throughout the pandemic lockdown. Services include hot meals, care calls and more which have supported over 300 residents with over 2500 hot meals and over 5000 care calls.

Up to 31st May 2020, 13,000 jobs had been furloughed through the Government's Job Retention Scheme in Dagenham and Rainham constituency, equivalent to around 19% of the population aged 16-64. 21% had been furloughed in the UK.

A further 7,300 claims were made to the Self Employment Income Support scheme, equivalent to 70% of the potentially eligible population. This compares to a take up rate of 70% of the potentially eligible population in the UK as a whole.

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