VIDEO:New Kitchen installed to help people with disabilities.

The Havering Association for People with Disabilities (H.A.D) yesterday celebrated the completion of a new kitchen, thanks to a total refurb by Havering Council and Wates Residential 12 Estates joint venture partnership at the beginning of this year. 

The new kitchen was officially opened by Havering Mayor Councillor John Mylod and Havering’s Leader of the Council, Councillor Damian White.

The project with H.A.D was led by Wates employee and Hornchurch local Dan Harrison, who attended Crowlands Primary School and Havering Sixth Form College. As an Assistant Surveyor on Wates’ Graduate Apprenticeship Programme, Dan coordinated delivery, working with local subcontractors to rip out and refit the kitchen, which was previously dated, damaged and unrepairable. 

Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said:

This is a fantastic example of the wider benefits to our 12 Estates regeneration programme, and the commitment we have to support the local community. It has been delivered by a Havering resident, for a local charity, which supports local people. I can’t think of a better example of social value in action and I am so pleased to see first-hand the difference this will make to the valuable work that the H.A.D do.”

Vikki Clarke, Community Inclusion Officer at H.A.D, said:

A kitchen is at the heart of any gathering and what a fabulous space we now have. It is a bright, spacious, welcoming room, with brand new appliances and so much more storage. This means we can now plan for small group cooking activities, promoting healthy eating and supporting our clients’ independence. We also plan to provide breakfast and lunchtime clubs to encourage those living alone to eat with others, to increase social inclusion and create new friendship circles.”

H.A.D provides information, advice and support, as well as clubs, classes and activities to support wellbeing and social inclusion for those living with disabilities in Havering.

To find out more about how you can support the charity with fundraising, sponsorship or volunteering, visit:

HAD staff with Elizabeth who will benefit from the new kitchen.
Vicki and Elizabeth in the new kitchen.
Official opening of the new ktichen.

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