SHP Redbridge Support Service opened its doors to the community last week, inviting clients, local residents and other professionals to celebrate the vital work it does in the borough.

This year, the service provided support to more than 270 people in the community, helping them maintain tenancies and live independently in the community.

The open day – which was held at the Redbridge Library – showcased the work of the service, providing a platform for clients to share and celebrate their own stories and successes via video and in person. Clients and staff also took part in an interactive Q & A session.

Shreya Raval, Regional Manager, said: “We work with more than 300 people a year all across Redbridge, supporting residents with a variety of issues. We put the client at the centre of our work, so it’s great to see so many come today to celebrate our, and more importantly, their brilliant work.

“We are thrilled that the event was such a success and we hope it will encourage and inspire even more people to access support and move forward with their lives.”

With community at its core, the event also celebrated the work of other organisations in Redbridge and the importance of partnership working, with guest speaker Dr Claire Bennett, Head of Projects at NFPSynergy, emphasising that a collaborative approach brings more positive outcomes for people.

A range of community organisations were in attendance including Redbridge Foodbank, Ilford Probation Service, Redbridge Drug and Alcohol Service, Citizen advice bureau amongst others.

Redbridge Floating Support is open to referrals, including self-referrals – you can contact the team on [email protected] or 0208 5144608/0800 6335499.