I write today’s blog from my home, watching the snowflakes coming down thicker than I expected. Who would of thought that it would be snowing this late in the year? Mind you I have also just got back from taking my dog a walk in a nearby field, he turns out to be a snow lover.
Don’t forget the Carers Centre is open for appointments only, so if you need to talk face to face, we require you to wear a mask, just ring and make an appointment, we still cannot accept carers just turning up, but we are working towards that.
Activities & Information
We still have places available for the upcoming promotional films, where we would love our carers to be involved and tell their stories, be in a film and promote carers and the centre.
If this is something you could get into then email: email@example.com
We also have a new Creative group starting on the 27th April where carers can learn the craft of making a radio play, writing scripts, learning how to do noise effects and actually acting in it. If this sounds like something you can get your tee6th into then email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget our weekly Health & Wellbeing Activities:
Walking Wednesdays – every Wednesday at 1pm
Stretch & Self massage with Casey – every Thursday at 1pm
Shadow Boxing & Mindfulness – every Friday at 11am
Creative Writing Group
We have a regular group for budding writers of short stories and poems. Last week’s assignment was to write something of your choosing about April 12th about how you felt at the lockdown restrictions becoming more relaxed.
Read this wonderful poem from one of our group members, Mrs S.C.
It’s the 12th.
So what does this mean?
The shops will reopen
You can go to the pub
As long as outside.
Back to the gym
Not sure about that.
Should I probably not,
Been staying indoors
As much as I can.
Let’s wait and see
Mask on watch out.
So many people.
Is it really safe?
I will wait
Had my jabs
So maybe I’m safe
It’s not just me.
So for now I’ll keep going
The way I’ve been doing.
It has now been over a year since the Covid-19 pandemic began and, in what has been a devastating and challenging year, we have been moved by the remarkable response of our community. From supporting the most vulnerable to each person making great personal sacrifice to follow the rules and keep people safe, everyone in our borough has played a part.
Today, we are more hopeful than ever; more people are being vaccinated against Covid-19 every day (over 82,196 in Tower Hamlets) and step two of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown begins, with further restrictions being lifted across the whole of England. This staggered lifting of restrictions requires four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants to be met at each stage.
From today yet more of the restrictions we have lived under are being lifted. That is a big relief to many of us and something to savour and celebrate (especially those in need of a haircut!). With shops and some outdoor hospitality reopening, the world is beginning to return to normality. However, we should be in no doubt that the coming months will continue to challenge us, and Covid-19 will remain among us.
It is crucial that we remain cautious, and all continue to play our part in stopping the spread of the virus. We can get through this together by continuing to adhere to the restrictions, moving through each step of the roadmap safely, taking up the offer of vaccination when it’s our turn, and getting tested.
I urge you to follow the rules and do everything you can to protect yourself and others. By remaining vigilant and all playing our part, together we can keep Tower Hamlets safe.
Lifting of Covid-19 restrictions: step 2
From today, 12 April 2021:
- Continue to only meet in groups of six or up to two households, outside only.
- All shops will reopen including services such as hairdressers and beauty salons.
- Restaurants, bars and pubs can serve food and alcohol to customers outdoors only.
- Gyms, libraries and community centres will reopen.
- Weddings can take place with up to 15 people in attendance, funerals with up to 30 people, and wakes with up to 15 people.
- Children can attend any indoor children’s activity.
- Care home residents can have two visitors each.
- Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation.
Remember, continue to shop safe and shop local. Stay outside when meeting others – fresh air reduces the risk of passing Covid-19 on.
The government continue to review cases of Covid-19 and any new variants of the virus. Each stage of the roadmap will consider these to ensure the safe lifting of restrictions.
From 17 May 2021:
- People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
- Six people or two households can meet indoors, with domestic overnight stays permitted.
- Restaurants, bars and pubs can serve food and alcohol to customers indoors.
- Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings.
- Outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open.
- Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres and children’s play areas can open.
- Performances and large events can restart, but there will be limits on audience numbers.
- Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen.
- Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart.
Check with your local place of worship for the latest advice.
Remember the basics to help tackle Covid-19!
As we move through each of the phases in the roadmap, we must not forget that Covid-19 is still here and infectious. Please remember to:
- Carry on with ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Wear a face covering in shops, on public transport, and in other enclosed areas
- Keep a safe distance from other people outside your household (two metres where possible)
- Meet others outside in fresh air to reduce the risk of passing Covid-19 on.
- Book a free test if you’re experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 and stay at home until you get your result.
- Take up the offer of vaccination when it is your turn.
Everyone has a part to play to keep themselves, their family and friends and the wider community safe.
Real’s Taking Control of Your Life (TCOYL) project empowers disabled people in Tower Hamlets to have more choice and control in their care. We work to ensure health and social care services are accessible and inclusive of the needs of our diverse community.
In addition to our holistic support planning service, our TCOYL steering group meets every two months to identify the barriers local disabled people face. We then design creative solutions to dismantle these, so our services work for all.
Join us to get involved in the group and our future plans, or simply tell us your experiences. Come and help us shape the future of our health and social care!
Who the event is for?
Disabled* people who live in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
When is the event?
Wednesday, 14th April, 2 – 3 pm (doors open at 1:45pm) – Zoom event, see below
What we’ll be doing at the event:
- We want this to be a safe space for you to share your individual experiences with social care, so there will be plenty of time for discussion.
- Over the course of our 3-year project, our steering group will hold workshops on issues in social care, write articles and deliver a report to the council (and more!)
How to book:
- Sign up here on Eventbrite.
- Email us at TCOYL@real.org.uk
- Call 07458 304616 to secure your place.
Once you’ve booked your place, we’ll send you the Zoom link you need to join (and instructions on how to do this) 24 hours before the event is due to start.
If you require support to participate in the event, please let us know as soon as you can by email or phone.
Want to get involved but can’t attend due to other commitments? Or maybe you simply don’t feel comfortable using Zoom or meeting in a group setting? Not to worry – please contact our team on the above details and we can support you to participate in whatever way works best for you.
*When we used the word Disabled, we consider this anyone who has an impairment, illness, injury or long-term health condition and who may face barriers to being included in society, whether they self-identify as disabled or not.
This includes those with physical, cognitive and sensory impairments, people with learning disabilities, Deaf people, people with visual impairments, mental health system users, and survivors, and others.
Check it out – Sounds fun!
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
Carers Academy Manager
Monday - Friday – 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed