Havering charity puts final stitches in ‘Tapestry’ relaunch

Havering mayor Cllr Linda Trew with Havering CCG's Dr Gurdev Saini, cutting a cake at the relaunch

Havering mayor Cllr Linda Trew with Havering CCG's Dr Gurdev Saini, cutting a cake at the relaunch - Credit: Archant

The rebranding of a Havering care charity was all sewn up today at a launch event attended by the mayor.

The new Tapestry shop in Hornchurch High Street

The new Tapestry shop in Hornchurch High Street - Credit: Archant

Tapestry, formerly Age Concern Havering, has changed its name in a bid to highlight the wide range of services it now offers.

The charity, headquartered in Hornchurch, operates across outer east London and Essex. It provides support for the elderly – but also for carers and younger people with early-onset dementia.

At Queen’s Theatre today, the Mayor of Havering Cllr Linda Trew was joined by GP Dr Gurdev Saini, from Havering Clinical Commissioning Group, for the cutting of a celebratory cake.

Walking football and a food delivery service are among new options provided by the charity, the descendant of Hornchurch Old People’s Welfare Associatio, which was established in 1949.


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Chief executive Tony Lowe said: “Our focus is upon prevention, care and support and we aim to be building upon the excellent work in the community we have done for 65 years and to introduce new programmes and schemes that will reach out to a new audience.

“We wanted to change our name as whilst Havering will always be our main base of operations we recognise that we serve a significant number of people outside the borough.

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“We also wanted to move away from defining ourselves by the age of the people we benefit.

“We support younger people with dementia and also carers, not just the elderly whom of course we will continue to do everything we can to support them.”

Last week, Tapestry’s new-look charity shop opened on Hornchurch High Street.

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