How is everyone managing with the snow, the very cold temperature, and the ice. Take care when leaving your home, wrap up warm and if you do not need to leave home, stay, and keep toasty warm.
Feedback back from Carers Forum & Carer Campaign
Yesterday we had a great Carers Forum, and we had a presentation from Caroline from the NHS Tower Hamlets CCG, consulting carers on the future procurement of Learning Disability day services.
As usual it was a lively discussion and carers informed Caroline and gave her much to think about.
The Carers Centre strongly supports the Carers UK campaign to get the Government to Increase the Carers Allowance.
Carers UK is calling for Government to urgently act to address the financial hardship that many unpaid carers face due to their caring responsibilities.
Ahead of Budget 2021 on 3rd March, we are calling on the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, to award a £20 a week supplement to carers with an entitlement to Carer’s Allowance, helping carers to manage the higher costs of caring during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can find the link to the action here: https://carersuk.eactivist.com/page/75733/action/1?ea.tracking.id=pr-aff
Carer’s Allowance, the main benefit for people caring unpaid for family or friends, remains the lowest benefit of its kind at £67.25 per week (2020/21 rates). The low level of the payment and other entitlement conditions, including an earnings limit, means it continues to be ineffective in stopping financial hardship.
On April 12th, Carer’s Allowance is set to rise by just 35p a week, in line with inflation, taking the new rate to £67.60 a week – a maximum of 1p extra for each hour of care provided. This is simply not good enough.
The Government urgently needs to give back to carers; without this help, many will continue to face real financial hardship.
Please join us in calling for Carer’s Allowance to be made #FairerForCarers!
No Energy? Lockdown weight gain? Need a challenge?
Our weekly Health & Wellbeing activities could be for you.
We have one activity on Thursday 1pm to 2pm – Stretching & Self Massage with Casey this weekly activity helps improve your mobility and balance, gets your blood pumping, the self-massage helps reduce your anxiety and daily stress.
Our second activity on a Friday at 11am to 12noon is Shadow Boxing & Mindfulness this activity is 20 minutes of boxing techniques, this helps you feel less stressed, more energetic, promotes better sleep, improves your mood and your relationships.
Rapid Covid-19 tests are one of the tools being used to help to detect and fight Covid-19. Research shows that one in three people who have Covid-19 never show any symptoms, but that does not mean they are not infectious. These tests can help identify people with high levels of virus who do not have symptoms.
Rapid Covid-19 tests are available to all Tower Hamlets residents and there are a number of sites across the borough where you can obtain a test.
Current test sites include:
- The Ecology Pavilion (walk in, no appointment necessary)
- Burcham Street Community Centre (by appointment)
However more sites are being added. You can find up to date details of these test sites, as well as how to access them at the link below
The rapid Covid-19 tests are also known as Lateral Flow Tests and results are normally available within one hour.
Anyone who tests positive through a rapid test will need to self-isolate and will be contacted to provide contact tracing information. Other support will also be available including self-isolation payments.
Support after sudden bereavement
Bereavement is one of the most challenging things that we can experience, affecting every one of us. In some traumatic circumstances, we might need additional and more specialised support to help to cope with a bereavement.
Our sudden bereavement resource is there to support you if you are grieving the sudden death of someone close to you, or if you are supporting someone going through sudden bereavement.
Supporting London’s communities with wellbeing guidance in 27 languages
Doctors of the World, in partnership with Thrive LDN and supported by the Mayor of London, has produced wellbeing guidance in 27 languages.
Unpaid carers can still access FREE PPE supplies. If you would like to receive PPE, Please contact the Carers Centre on 0207 790 1765 or Ayeda directly.
Domestic Violence Duty Line: 020 7364 4986 between 9am – 5pm.Victim Support: 020 7364 2448/7957
Just wishing everyone a peaceful, safe and week and remember if you need information and advice from the Carers Centre just email email@example.com
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