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.

The hope is to reopen their centres from mid to late August with a return to full operation by September. The charity has not been without losses during the crisis and they have been operating with 70% less staff and have sadly been forced to make redundancies.

Jon Cruddas MP commented: “the work of Tapestry during the pandemic has been invaluable to many of my constituents across Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park. The fact that they have managed to deliver such far reaching services under such pressure is a testament to their dedication.”

When Tapestry reopens its centres, the aim will be to provide virtual support to those whose physical and/or mental health have been affected by the pandemic. They will also continue to provide food deliveries as long as they are needed where they have the financial capacity to do so.

The mental health work will focus initially on Crisis and Bereavement and then with the other consequences of the lockdown such as loneliness and fear.

Find out more about Tapestry UK and their services here: https://www.tapestry-uk.org/