As someone who suffers with mental health I attend Havering Association for people with Disabilities. Commonly known as HAD.
When the first lock down was announced I was worried about being alone. But the staff at HAD stepped up. We couldn’t attend in person but the staff kept in touch to give advice and help where they could.
The staff delivered Christmas gift bags to us all which certainly cheered us all up.
I even received a phone call from a staff member on Christmas Day and many days since. Christmas is a tough time for me but Cheryl helped me to get through the day. That phone call saved me when I was depressed and struggling to see a way through.
They also run Zoom classes ranging from ‘A time to talk’ , Art, meditation seated dance.
This gives us the opportunity to not feel alone and have an activity to focus on. I can’t thank them enough.
Another person that appreciates what HAD offer is Gary Humphries.
Gary wanted to raise money for a local charity. He chose HAD as he had sung at their Christmas party in 2019. He wanted to acknowledge the hard work they do to support people of all disabilities. Gary completed 290 rounds of boxing, which was shared live on Facebook and kept everyone entertained. Gary raised £2594.
The manager of HAD, Clare Kelly would like to thank Gary for his support.
If you are over 18 and disabled and would like to know more about the classes run at HAD please contact them on 01708476554.