Hello Everyone

So I am back from a much better week’s holiday than the last time.  I remained healthy, and went to see my Outlaws after not seeing them in pertson for the last 14 months.  We stayed with our best friends and we had not seen them in person since September 2020, when we parted as I had Covid.  It was lovely to catch up with family but we did have to struggle with Storm Arwen on the west coast of England.  Scary driving but we made it.
I did end up being Father Christmas but very different from our carer christmas parties.  I was asked to be Santa so that the village I live in could bring their dogs and have a photo taken….

Don’t forget to get vaccinated, have your booster and flu jab – you and your loved ones deserve to be safer ……..


This Week’s Activities


If you want to know what activities are on each day at the centre then check out the CCTH Calendar – https://ccth.org.uk/new/calendar/?cid=mc-03c4653fb809aa02e303ae7a3bb5520a&month=9&yr=2021

Then email me tony@cth.org.uk to book your place.

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We Need You …..

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Chair to lead the Carers Centre Tower Hamlets through its next chapter of development and growth.The Carers Centre, Tower Hamlets works to enrich the lives of unpaid carers across Tower Hamlets and beyond. We ensure that unpaid carers can access the resources they need to carry out their caring role and we help them to enjoy a life beyond caring. We offer a holistic range of services, from information, advice and advocacy around statutory support available, to training, therapeutic and social activities that give carers much needed connection and respite.

Last year we supported 1,600 carers to have the right information, necessary resources and key skills to enable them to have the confidence to effectively undertake their important caring role.

The role and contribution of unpaid carers in society has never been more visible or important. An estimated 25,000 people in Tower Hamlets provide unpaid care for a friend, relative or partner with health issues and collectively our unpaid carers make a huge contrition to the community and society.

This is an exciting phase for the Carers’ Centre as we launch a new strategy and look to expand our reach, networks and resources. We are looking for a compassionate Chair with the experience to lead us through this period of growth and to provide strong strategic direction and support, alongside a committed Board of Trustees.

The Chair’s commitment will be approximately 6 – 8 hours per month. It is a rewarding voluntary position that will provide the successful candidate with interest, challenge and fulfilment. If you are looking to invest your skills and experience in a charity that tangibly makes a positive difference to individuals’ lives, and which is an essential part of the community in Tower Hamlets, then we would love to hear from you.

Closing date for applications is 31 January 2022. For more information and how to apply, please visit the opportunity being advertised on Reach Volunteering.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact the Chief Executive Graham Collins at graham@ccth.org.uk or phone on 020 7791 5561.

The Carers Centre is recruiting new trustees. As a Trustee, you will contribute to the direction of the Carers Centre and ensure its services are having a positive impact on carers in Tower Hamlets. Working closely with the Chief Executive you will set the direction of the organisation and make key decisions on how the charity operates to meets its goals.

Being a Trustee is a great way to enhance your development goals while making a difference to a cause that is meaningful to you. It allows you to develop new skills or apply existing skills to new real-life situations, meet new people and network—all whilst bringing a sense of fulfilment to yourself and those you are helping.

We have a skilled and experienced Board of Trustees but recognise we need to broaden our knowledge of income generation, organisational development and digital communications. We are therefore seeking motivated and committed individuals to join our Board.

If you have recent working knowledge in this area and are interested in making a positive difference for carers and their families in Tower Hamlets then we would like to hear from you.

It is important to us that our Board reflects the diversity of the carers we serve.  We welcome applicants from all sections of our community irrespective of age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or other personal circumstances.

Timescales and Fees

It is expected that fulfilling the role of Trustee will require the equivalent of approximately 8 days per year.

The role of Trustee of the Carers Centre is voluntary, although reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed according to the rates agreed by the Board.

Closing date for applications is 31 January 2022. For more information and how to apply, please visit the opportunity being advertised on Reach Volunteering.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact the Chief Executive Graham Collins at graham@ccth.org.uk or phone on 020 7791 5561.

Last week we updated you on the Omicron variant of concern and what we can all do to continue to keep ourselves and others safe.

Now, because of rising cases of Covid-19 linked to the new variant, England will move to Plan B, to help stop the spread of Covid-19. This means:

  • From Friday 10 December, by law everyone must wear a face covering in public indoor venues. Exemptions include hospitality settings, such as cafés, restaurants, and pubs where people will be eating and drinking.
  • From Monday 13 December, people should work from home where possible.
  • From Wednesday 15 December, the NHS Covid Pass or proof of a negative lateral flow test, will be needed for entry into nightclubs, and venues where large crowds gather, this includes:
    • Unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people
    • Unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people
    • Any venue with more than 10,000 people.

We are here to support you through these changes.

We have all been playing our part and living with Covid-19 restrictions since the pandemic began and while I know that everyone – myself included – wants to return to ‘normal’, it’s so important that we all follow the new guidance to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and stay safe.

Vaccinations, whether first, second or booster are widely available in Tower Hamlets and you can find out how to get your jab online, or by calling our vaccine helpline on 020 7364 3030 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). We continue to offer testing across the borough, with options to book a test or pick up kits locally.

In addition to this, remember there are some simple actions we can continue to take to stay safe, these include:

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with warm soapy water and use hand sanitiser.
  • Test regularly whether symptomatic or not – get a PCR test if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you’re a contact of a positive case. Take regular rapid lateral flow tests, particularly when you are due to socialise and spend time with other people.
  • When spending time with others indoors, open a window – which helps circulate the air and reduces the spread of Covid-19.
  • Get your free flu vaccine, if you’re eligible. 

In addition to Covid-19, we are here to support you through the winter months. If you are concerned about the welfare of a vulnerable or elderly person who may not be coping during the winter season, call Tower Hamlets Connect on 0300 303 6070. Take a look at our advice on keeping well this winter.

For more information and updates, follow the council on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you for playing your part and for everything you are doing to support one another during these difficult circumstances.

Stay safe,

Mayor John Biggs

Covid-19 in Tower Hamlets

Read the latest update on Covid-19 from our Director of Public Health, Dr Somen Banerjee, including the latest on the Omicron variant and new measures in place now England has moved to Plan B. The update also covers important information around vaccinations, testing, and wider steps we can all take to stay safe.

Read the update >

Bangladesh at 50 Victory Day concert

The countdown has begun to our Bangladesh at 50 Victory Day concert on Friday 17 December when some of the best Bengali dance, music and performance artists in the country will take to the stage at Queen Mary University, Mile End.

Enjoy the musical extravaganza featuring celebrated dance troupe Naz and Bolly Flex, English Bangla-pop fusion singer Nish and R&B chart topper Mumzy Stranger.

London based British-Bengali Khiyo will provide a musical tapestry with a seamless blend of jazz, folk, baul and rock, while comedian, singer and actor Iksy will be entertaining guests with new material. DJ Osmani Soundz will be on the decks.

Covid-19 entry requirements apply.

Tickets now on sale >

Christmas and new year 2021/2022 waste collections and Christmas tree recycling

Over the Christmas and new year period, your rubbish, recycling, food and garden waste collection will take place on your normal scheduled day.

Please ensure your rubbish and recycling (including food and garden waste) is available for collection before 7am on your scheduled collection day. There will be a collection for the recycling of real Christmas trees from 3-21 January 2022.

More information >

Wondering what to do this Christmas?

Head over to our Local Offer website to explore a wide range of useful resources covering the Christmas period, including fun family activities, events, music, dance, Covid-19 advice, and much more.

Visit the local offer >

Do you want Digital Life Skills training – if so come tomorrow 14th December 11am to 1pm

If you want to learn more we have an 8 week course for beginners who want to have a better grasp on Apps, Emails and much, much more..

Carer Physical & Mental Wellbeing – Every Monday at 10am…

As part of ongoing carer wellbeing programme we will be starting a new weekly physical movement session every Monday from 8th November 10am to 11am, so if you want to come and have some physical activity and remember it is also good for better mental health.

This will be followed by

Did You Know we have a weekly Shared Reading Group?

How does it work?

A group of carers, one of them a trained Reader Leader, reads a great novel, short story or poem aloud. We stop and talk about what we have read. There is no need for carers to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen. The idea is to create a space where people feel at ease.

Reading the literature aloud in real-time, means that everyone is involved in a shared, live experience. Carers are encouraged by the Reader Leader to respond personally, sharing feelings, thoughts and memories provoked by the reading.

Everyone experiences the text in their own way, but the literature provides a shared language that can help us to understand ourselves – and others – better.

It can even help with your ESOL needs.

If this is for you then email tony@ccth.org.uk


Suicide Prevention Consultation

We are currently drafting the Tower Hamlets Suicide Prevention Strategy for 2022-2025, in partnership with a multi-agency suicide prevention steering group. Aligning with the national strategy, the overall aims of this strategy are to:

  1. Reduce the rates of suicide and self-harm, and
  2. Establish supportive environments for people affected by suicide.

The strategy focuses on seven priority areas, how to address local gaps and build on pre-existing activities over the next three years.

Learn more and share your views >


The ULEZ charges come into effect today, there is a grace period until 2025 for people who claim Vehicle tax exemption, you can apply for exemption from paying vehicle tax if you get the:

The vehicle must be registered in the disabled person’s name or their nominated driver’s name.

It must only be used for the disabled person’s personal needs. It cannot be used by the nominated driver for their own personal use.

You can only have one vehicle tax exemption at any one time. For more information see here https://www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled/vehicles-and-transport

For more information about ULEZ exemptions see here https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/discounts-and-exemptions#on-this-page-0

Don’t Forget to get your Flu Jab

I had mine last week and I am so glad I did, it was painless, no side effects and I feel better mentally equiped for the winter…



1) Plan Your Route

Make sure you plan your route ahead of time. If you are walking in an area you are not familiar with, this can help keep you from getting lost. You will be able to walk with confidence. If you do get lost, don’t wander aimlessly, find a gas station, supermarket, or fast-food restaurant where you can ask for directions.

2) Make Sure Someone Else Knows Your Plans

Don’t go out when it is dark without telling someone, even if you are just taking the dogs out for a walk around your neighborhood or walking home from a friend’s house nearby. It may seem paranoid, but in fact, knowing someone knows where you are can be reassuring and help you feel safe. If you fall and hurt yourself or run into trouble, and someone knows where you are, they can send help if you don’t arrive at your destination on time.

3) Always Carry Your Phone with You

Always carry your phone, but not for music or to make social calls as your walk. Your phone can be a lifeline if you see something suspicious or worse if something happens to you. Download a safety app on your phone, so you’ll be able to discreetly alert the authorities if you feel threatened or see something suspicious.

4) Avoid Suspicious People and Areas

Areas that are dark, deserted, or out-of-the-way, such as an alley or a parking lot, can be riskier than a well-lit area full of people. Stick to busy, lighted paths, to minimize the risks. Also, walk mainly in familiar places where you are known. That way, if you feel like a suspicious person is following you, you can always duck into a store you know or knock on a neighbor’s door. Avoid empty streets and pathways with thick shrubbery.

5) Keep Your Hands Free

Except for a flashlight and one of the items discussed below, keep your hands free. If you are carrying anything, put it all in one bag or backpack. This will make it easier for you to react if you notice someone following you. In a dangerous situation, carrying too many bags can keep you from moving as quickly as you can if your hands are free or if you only have one bag.

6) Carry a Non-Violent Deterrent

In addition to a flashlight, carry a non-violent deterrent such as a whistle, mace, or pepper spray. A whistle will help you alert others and call them to aid you if something is wrong. The loud noise may put off attackers, and they’ll move on to find someone else. Mace or pepper spray can give you enough time to evade a potential attacker, and in a pinch, a flashlight can be used as a weapon. Make sure you know how to use the mace or pepper spray to get its full effect.

7) Wear Reflective Clothing to Prevent Accidents

When it comes to personal safety, it’s not just about suspicious people. Areas with low visibility can be prone to accidents. Reflective clothing allows bikers and cars to see you as you walk along. A flashlight or headlight can also help drivers see you if there are dark stretches of road on your route.

8) Take a Self-Defense Class

When fighting off something as an assault, the element of surprise can work in your favor. If you regularly walk alone, take a self-defense class. You don’t have to become a black belt. In fact, it’s probably better to learn something like Krav Maga, which has been popular for self-defense. The idea is to disable your attacker enough for you to get to safety, and a class focused on self-defense will help give you those survival skills.

9) Remove Any Distractions

Keep your phone in your hand in case you need to hit the panic button on your safety app, but don’t let it distract you. When walking alone at night for exercise, music can be motivating and energizing but also distracting. You may not hear someone driving or walking up behind you. Avoid wearing headphones or talking on your phone as you walk.

10) Trust Your Gut

When walking alone at night, trust your gut. If you feel like an area or situation may be dangerous, don’t wait around to find out. Stop and scan your surroundings if you think someone is following you. If you are being followed, walk as quickly as you can to a well-lit public place. You can wait until you feel safe, or call a friend, a taxi, or an Uber to help you get safely get home at night.

Following these personal safety tips will help keep you stay safe when walking alone. Always be aware of where you are and alert to suspicious activity.



If you still need PPE for you and your loved one then Tower Hamlets are still providing PPE for Carers.

Collection and delivery is on Wednesday only from Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, E14 2BG. Carers can call or email Ayeda directly 0n 07366977103 or ayeda@ccth.org.uk to order.


Check out a new free course that has just been launched that focuses on carer wellbeing. It is called ‘Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role’ and has been kindly endorsed by the Carers Trust. The course is 6 hours in length and learners can achieve a ‘badge’ on completion of the end quiz, and this can be added on a CV to evidence their learning/continuous professional development. We hope that it will be helpful to those working with carers, including carer centre staff, those supporting carers less formally and importantly carers themselves!



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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