Within the Heart of the Community

Community.. what does it actually mean? Well the dictionary states the following:

‘a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common’

Ever since I was a young girl I have always been involved with community events. Growing up in Dagenham I remember always attending library fun days for kids, local town shows, local Christmas concerts, Remembrance Day parades, I was even a member of Barking and Dagenham Brownies & Girl Guides. At the age of 21 I moved from Dagenham to Elm Park. I remember thinking that it was a really quiet area compared to where I lived in Dagenham but I loved the area as much as I loved where I use to live. Everyone was friendly, and there were some really lovely community events held every year within the area. Then as time went on I had my son and moved out on my own and became a Rainham resident. This time I was living by myself and had to explore all the on goings with just me and my son. I attended the beautiful Christmas Fair every year in the Town Centre and witnessed how passionate the people of Rainham were during their Remembrance Day parades. I quickly fell in love with this area as much as I did the others.

As I’ve continued to be involved with Dagenham and Rainham Labour Party it has made me more determined to learn more about Dagenham and South Havering as I would love my son and so many other children to grow up loving their community just as I did. I think people should enjoy the area they live in and be proud to be a resident.

So what has this got to do with you, the reader? Well I was wondering if you could help me! I am just one person, and although I am trying to keep my eyes and ears open as much as I can for local community events that I can attend and meet residents, I can’t quite catch them all! So if you know of any local events in your area, please throw the details my way!

Every day on the news we hear of sad, tragic stories. The world is a funny old place right now, but we can all make a small change. If we all involve ourselves more within our community one way or another then maybe the bond can grow stronger and we can all feel proud of the place we live and the people that live there. Even if it’s something as little as contributing to your local foodbank! A can of beans that you give away could be a can of beans in someone else’s cupboard that they couldn’t necessarily afford.

So, if you know of any local events that you would like to make Jon Cruddas’s team aware of please email either myself, Fay – Youth Officer of Dagenham and Rainham Labour Party at dandryouth@gmail.com or Andy – Chair and Campaign Organiser of Dagenham and Rainham Labour Party at dandr_labour@outlook.com

Also, if you would like to involve yourself more with our Local Party and help out around the community please feel free to send us an email! We would love to add you to our volunteers database!

Thank you!

Fay Hough – Dagenham & Rainham CLP Youth Officer and South Havering Organiser

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