The Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone is an innovative and exciting facility built for the borough’s young people ages 8-19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities or learning difficulties. After officially opening this May, the Youth Zone has already exceeded expectations with over 4,000 young people signed up as members and over 20,000 individual visits.

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:

Today Barking and Dagenham welcomes Prince Harry to officially open London’s first Youth Zone. Over the last few months Prince Harry has spoken openly about the importance of young people having somewhere to go, and activities to participate in. It is widely accepted that one of the key catalysts for serious violent crime amongst young people is the reduction of funding to youth services across the country, leaving children with fewer opportunities.

Today Barking and Dagenham welcomes Prince Harry to officially open London’s first Youth Zone. Over the last few months Prince Harry has spoken openly about the importance of young people having somewhere to go, and activities to participate in. It is widely accepted that one of the key catalysts for serious violent crime amongst young people is the reduction of funding to youth services across the country, leaving children with fewer opportunities.

Last week the time to register as an Interested Party in the development of a huge waste incineration plant in Belvedere came to a close. Since October last year Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been campaigning against the application. In recent weeks Jon has rallied a wide coalition of support for the campaign including the Greater London Authority, Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead, and many others.

Jon Cruddas MP received some exciting news last week for the young people of Havering. Extra funding has been provided by the Mayor of London for the Young Londoner Fund. The Mayor’s Office just announced a further £13.2m of Young Londoners Fund grants across 72 projects.

The Mayor has created the Young Londoners Fund to help London’s children and young adults make the most of our amazing city. The Mayor's new Young Londoners Fund will help children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has cosigned a letter calling on the government to tackle childhood obesity. Even though there is a childhood obesity crisis across the nation, Barking and Dagenham have one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in London. According to the NHS one in four of year 6 pupils in this borough were considered obese. Due to the seriousness of this issue, Jon has joined Cancer Research and the Obesity Health Alliance in calling on the government to take action.

Dagenham & Redbridge FC Community Trust has been announced as one of ten projects to receive Home Office funding to tackle extremism through sport

Dagenham & Redbridge FC Community Trust – the Daggers’ official charity partner – was announced on Monday as one of ten sports-based projects across the UK to receive funding to tackle extremism from the Home Office’s Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme.

Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham, Incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, Jon Cruddas has nominated Dagenham’s Florida Doci for the British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizens Award for her sterling voluntary work she undertakes in the community.

 The following articles was written by Reporter Jane Ball, and published by the Barking and Dagenham Post on 11th April 2012. You can find the original article here: edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx

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