The Mayor's Charities
The Mayor has chosen three charities to support for the year.
First Step is a registered charity, based in Hornchurch, established in 1988. First Step supports babies and children aged 0-5 with special needs and/or disabilities, helping them learn through developmental play. Their families are also supported through the many situations they could face, in a welcoming, experienced and non-judgmental environment. It has received five ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspections. It is a wonderful; place staffed by dedicated, well trained and caring staff who are responsible for many amazing outcomes for the children and their families.
Dementia UK Admiral Nurses
The incidence of Dementia is becoming a national crisis with our aging population. There is currently no cure so supporting families who are living with a loved one with Dementia is an ever growing need. Dementia UK is a National Charity which provides the services of Admiral Nurses locally. Havering has a dedicate Admiral Nurse whose current workload is supporting approx. 200 local families. There is a telephone help line manned nationally by Admiral Nurses. This provides practical advice and support to families. One-to-one support can be provided to work with the family in the home to assist in providing practical solutions to help live more positively with dementia each day. In addition there is a drop in service, post diagnostic weekly groups, including support for younger people with dementia, and carers support groups. Yew Tree Lodge is used for the Memory Service. Admiral Nurses work with other voluntary groups including Alzheimer’s Society to ensure an holistic provision.
Havering Volunteer Centre
The Havering Volunteer Centre (HVC) was formed in October 2015 and from a standing start has achieved a great deal. HVC is the central volunteering resource for charities, local voluntary organisations and the public sector in Havering. The goal is to promote volunteering opportunities that have a positive impact on the volunteers, charities and the community by enriching the lives of the volunteers and providing much needed support in the community. HVC acts as a broker between the volunteer and the organisation seeking a volunteer. To date there are 1300 registered volunteers on the data base, 130 organisations who are actively seeking volunteers, 280 diverse and varied volunteering opportunities and 200 individuals in volunteering placements ranging from Brookside Theatre, Havering Mind, Havering Libraries, Queens Hospital to name a few. Volunteering is often a route sought when a person has been out of the workplace for a time and there are clear benefits to the individual in promoting self-confidence and pride. Volunteering is often the stepping stone for returning to paid work.