Hello Everyone

Hurrah today is so much cooler, the sweating has reduced, irritability at a managed level, might have something other than a cold salad for dinner and I might even dance in the promised rain. As you can tell from today’s and previous blog entries, I am not a hot weather person.
So far, I have not received any photo submissions of lighting storms from anyone. If you can please do and as I said a prize could be won. Email: tony@ccth.org.uk

Next Weeks Events

18th August

Tuesday Social Club 2pm to 3.30pm
This weekly get together gives carers a chance to meet up have some fun and discuss the highs and lows of caring. It is a peer support group and carers get a chance to discuss issues with their peers.

This week Rukshana is hosting

20th August

Think Well & Create A Colourful Calendar 2pm to 3.30pm
This session is looking how to look positively at your life, learn how to look for positive experiences such as hobbies, learning, family connection, it is really up to you. You will then go onto learn how to create your own calendar that helps you bring variety and respite into your life.

Hosted by Marsia & Faisa Email if you want a Zoom invite for any of the events tony@ccth.org.uk

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Want to be a Trustee for the Carers Centre Tower Hamlets?

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.

If you are interested in joining our board please email your CV to the Chief Executive – graham@ccth.org.uk

Don’t forget your face covering

A reminder that you now need to wear a face covering in many more indoor public spaces and venues. This includes cinemas, places of worship, museums, salons, libraries, community centres and more, in addition to shops, public transport and hospitals.

A face covering should cover both your nose and mouth and fit comfortably but securely against the side of your face. When worn properly, they are a simple way to help protect those around you and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Please remember, while most people can wear a face covering, there are some who cannot for medical or health and safety reasons. We ask everyone to be mindful of this and note that the reason may not be visible to others.

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Getting active with Better Health

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kick-start your health and find what works for you. If you are overweight or obese, lowering your weight can help reduce your risk of developing serious illness.

The new Better Health initiative provides a range of tools to help you make healthy eating choices, get more active and lose weight, including:

• a free app to help you plan your weight loss
• a diabetes prevention programme
• information about other weight loss programmes
• different ways to get active

If you’re looking to lose weight, you can also check out the free local support available in Tower Hamlets.

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Don’t delay getting a test if you have Covid-19 symptoms

If you experience Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), make sure you book a test straight away. You need to get the test done in the first five days of having symptoms.

NHS Test and Trace is a national programme working to make sure that anyone with symptoms can get tested quickly. Mobile testing units are operating in the borough and are another way to get tested, alongside ordering a home testing kit. The next mobile testing dates are 16, 19 and 22 August.
We are also asking you to share your thoughts on the Test and Trace programme so that we can make sure it’s as effective as possible in Tower Hamlets.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please book a test immediately – do not wait.

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On The Move – Transport Information for Disabled People in Tower Hamlets

TFL website has now changed status of services from special service due to operational restrictions due to good service. Local Voices assumes this means services are now running to normal frequencies
There are also some new TFL initiatives and information summarised below

• More than 15,000m2 of extra pavement space has been provided so far, to enable social distancing and encourage people to make journeys on foot.
• A major new walking, cycling and bus only corridor along the A10 Bishopsgate has just launched. The corridor, connecting Shoreditch and London Bridge, is expected to be operational by the start of August, with further improvements to other central London corridors to follow.
• TFL are also working closely with local boroughs to rapidly create space for walking and cycling across the city. This includes building a strategic network for cycling in London, transforming town centres and reducing traffic on residential streets.

DLR goes Cashless

DLR stations have now temporarily stopped accepting cash payments at most ticket machines, Stations close to hospitals will still accept cash payment: Woolwich Arsenal, Lewisham, and Shadwell.

This is worrying, Local Voices, assessed the Tube pilot for cashless at Canary Wharf there were many issues that could impact on the disabled community going forward.

Had an experience with this? Let us know.

TFL asks: Those customers who do need to use public transport are asked to continue to avoid travelling during the peak times of 05:45–08:15 and 16:00– 17:30 if they can. There is more available capacity outside of those times.
Local Voices Asks: would welcome your contributions to our Travel Logs section – all included account will be anonymous.

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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21 Brayford Square
London, E1 0SG

020 7790 1765


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Saturday and Sunday – Closed

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