Monday 1st June marked the start of Volunteers’ Week 2020, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the contribution made by volunteers across the United Kingdom. This year it is even more important to mark the occasion in light of the thousands of volunteers across the country stepping up their activities in the face of Covid-19.

 

Over the last few weeks Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of residents who have received support from and praised the work of the Havering Volunteer Centre. This week Jon got in touch with the HVC for a short interview to find out how they have adapted their model to provide support for some of Havering’s most vulnerable residents.

 

On Wednesday 29 April Jon Cruddas MP visited the Dagenham Ford Plant to find out more about their role working with other significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses to produce 15,000 much need medical ventilators in support of the Covid-19 effort. 

Jon was greeted, at a safe physical distance, by convenors and trade union representatives and got to see first-hand the work taking place at the Dagenham factory.

 

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis the council, community and voluntary sector across Barking and Dagenham have stepped up in extraordinary ways to support residents. BD CAN Plus, the Barking and Dagenham Citizens Alliance Network model has been at the forefront of mobilising support for thousands of local people. 

Tapestry is an innovative charity and ‘not for profit’ social business working to provide appropriate, personalised and affordable care and support for adults and older people in the local community.  They believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live a healthy and connected life regardless of age or ability.

 

Over the course of the last few days as the Covid-19 crisis has developed, so too have the community engagement responses to it. This week BD Collective met with Barking and Dagenham Council to ensure that there is a coordinated response to the situation for the most vulnerable residents in the borough. Similarly, a group of Havering residents have established a ‘Covid-19 Mutual Aid’ Facebook group to find volunteers who can support those self-isolating or in vulnerable circumstances.

 

This week is national volunteers’ week 2019, a week to recognise and say thank you to the huge contribution volunteers make across sectors in society.

Since 2013 Jon Cruddas MP has run a volunteer network which is now made up of over 600 local residents acting as an early warning system for issues and concerns across Dagenham and Rainham. Jon launched the network with the notion of having a volunteer on every street. 

This week is Dementia Action Week 2018 (21st-27th of May). There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Approximately 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 are living with dementia and approximately 40,000 are living with young-onset dementia (onset before the age of 65).

Janis Cottee a star volunteer of Jon Cruddas MP and committed dementia campaigner, recently attended an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia meeting. Attending as a carer, Janis participated in conversations around dementia and disability.

Click HERE for the autumn volunteer and campaign newsletter. The volunteer network has come on leaps and bounds over the course of the last year and the community is now more bustling than ever. If you would like to get involved please have a look at the newsletter for more information. 

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The quarterly volunteer newsletter from Jon Cruddas MP on all things volunteer and campaign related is now available. The volunteer network has come on leaps and bounds over the course of the last year and the community is now more bustling than ever. If you would like to get involved please have a look at the newsletter for more information. CLICK HERE

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