Hello Everyone

So how is everyone doing?  Had some great chats with carers this week who are doing well, some are a bit scared about the virus still, but really have a grasp on how to stay safe when leaving home, this is great news that carers are remaining safe where possible.

If you still need information and advice then do not hesitate in contacting me, your GP or online at the https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus as advice changes sometime.

Today’s seasonal picture is ….

Wishing our Jewish carers a wonderful festival of lights and of course all our carers.

PPE Opening and Collection times

Last PPE order is Wednesday 23rd December before 2pm and they can collect PPE on Thursday 24th before 12:00pm

Depot Christmas Hours 

Monday 21st December Open for collection 9:30am – 4pm
Tuesday 22nd December Open for collection 9:30am  – 4pm
Wednesday 23rd December Open for collection 9:30am – 4pm
Thursday 24th December Open for collection 9:30am – 12pm
Friday 25th December Closed
Monday 28th December Closed
Tuesday 29th December Closed
Wednesday 30th December Closed
Thursday 31st December Closed
Friday 1st January Closed
Monday 4th January and beyond Open as usual – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 9:30am – 4pm.

The last week of 2020 activities

Tuesday 15th December
2pm to 3.30pm

The Social Club

The Tuesday Social Club Christmas Party – Join Tony, make yourself a hot chocolate, have a mince pie and let’s enjoy our last social club with a chat about our favourite Christmas or seasonal holiday memory.

Wednesday 16th December
1pm to 2pm

Keep calm it's Walking Wednesday

Enjoy a meander round the borough with fellow carers, chatting, laughing, learning and most importantly breathing and having an hour’s mental respite.

Thursday 17th December
11am to 12 noon

Why not join the last exercise and mindfulness class of the year and get fit for your Christmas dinner?

Friday 18th December
11am to 12 noon

Join our last shared reading for Carers, this activity is also for your cared fors to join with you and this week we will have a Christmas story.

It’s been just over a week since national restrictions were lifted, and London was placed in tier 2 high alert level.

Since then, worryingly – cases of Covid-19 are rising. In Tower Hamlets, and our neighbouring east London boroughs, the rate of infection is increasing significantly, and it is vital we all act now to stop the spread.

Following the tier 2 rules is the best way to keep your loved ones safe, protect your ability to form a Christmas Bubble (more on this in this newsletter), and avoid further restrictions.

Remember that the alert levels are being reviewed by the government next Wednesday and then could come into effect on Friday 18 December. If levels of infection continue to increase in the same way, there is a real risk that London will be moved into tier 3 very high alert level, which means even more restrictions. While, as a country we are celebrating the first people to get the vaccine this week – rolling this out to everyone will take time – until then, we must all play our part to turn this around urgently.

It remains critically important to avoid mixing with other households inside – as this is one of the main ways that infection is rising again in our borough. Right now, you must only meet indoors with members of your own household or support bubble. Make sure you continue to follow the rule of six when meeting others outdoors and remember the basics – wash hands, cover your face and make spaceRead the full list of rules to ensure you’re up to date.

It’s important to keep in mind that you’re potentially infectious for 14 days after getting Covid-19, even if you do not have any symptoms. Think about who you might be putting at risk over the festive season. I know we’re all fed up but remember the rules are in place for a reason – they save lives.

Finally, and on a brighter note – I’d like to wish those in our Jewish community a Happy Hanukkah. It has been a challenging period and while celebrations will be different, I hope those celebrating are able mark this festival in their own way.

Stay safe,
Mayor Biggs

Festive markets, lights and trees this Christmas

The borough’s street markets are an ideal place to pick up some seasonal treats this Christmas.

Lady Lane Market takes place at Whitworth Street in Whitechapel this Friday (11 December) and White Post Lane Makers Market next Friday (18 December) – showcasing unique gifts from some of the East End’s best independent artisans.

Finally, a big thanks to our highways team, who have worked hard to install lights and trees around our borough – bringing some festive cheer.

Nominate your local hero

From a teacher who has transformed your life, to a health worker who may have saved it, our communities are full of local heroes.

To mark Census Day on 21 March 2021, the team are awarding 22 local heroes bespoke purple plaques to honour and celebrate their achievements.

Get your application in by Thursday 31st December 2020.

Census Day is the nationwide survey that has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941, during the second world war.

Information helps decide how local services in the borough are planned and funded in the future, and this could mean everything from doctors’ surgeries, new developments or transport links – so it’s important that we have an accurate picture of the pressures we face, to help meet our future needs.

Find out more on the census website, including details on job opportunities.

Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies is offering a free webinar for carers focusing on how to implement self-care on Thursday 17th December at 11am. This webinar will look at common barriers to self-care and the different types. We will also look at how to implement time for self-care on a daily basis.

To allow us to register you for the webinar, and to allow us to continue delivering these workshops in the community, we require some of your details to mark you as an attendee. We would really appreciate it if you can fill in this online form :  https://bit.ly/39PhT0b. (please type rethink) when asked for a reference code or alternatively send us your name, email address and contact number.  We will then give you a call after the webinar to fill in a registration form if you have any issues with filling in the link.

The link to join on the day is as follows: https://elft.webex.com/elft/j.php?MTID=m5a5210d9458f1f3d79ff70df267daf11

Password: carers  

Important Numbers:

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 enquiries@ccth.org.uk

Tony Collins-Moore
Carers Academy Manager

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The Carers Centre
21 Brayford Square
London, E1 0SG

020 7790 1765


Opening hours

Monday - Friday – 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed

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