Hello Everyone – Time to report some successes

I wanted to write today about some of the Carers Wellbeing Academy successes and how we are making a positive impact on carers wellbeing.


In September we had another amazing overnight Buddhist retreat.  This is a wonderful place nestled in the Suffolk countryside, limited phone reception and an opportunity for carers to switch off, be expertly cared for by our wonderful partners the London Buddhist Centre.  We introduced a new service where carers can request additional support for their cared for’s from AGE UK, this allows carers to think I can go and reduce barriers for attending.  So if this sounds like something you would like to do then get in touch and unfortunately there is a waiting list but we run as many as we can per year, when you name comes up, you will be called, so look out for our phone call, make sure you call us back  and we will complete a needs form with you, so speak up and ask for what you need to attend.

On average, carers who attended the retreats reported an overall increase in both physical and emotional wellbeing, facilitated by the rest, care, and relaxation they were able to experience at the retreat centre.

Additionally, there was an overall increase in carers’ perception of the importance of maintaining and improving their own wellbeing. We know that carers tend to ignore their own needs in order to care for others, so we are very happy to see that more and more carers are recognizing the importance of taking time for themselves.

Kensington Palace and Photography Course

What can I say but fabulous, we had a trip to the ‘Life through a Royal Lens’ at Kensington Palace, this was to kick start our new nine week course off with another great partner CREATE.  The trip was amazing, we were warmly greeted by Kim, encouraged to explore all the Palace and how incredible is that place.  We then had a delicious lunch of sandwiches and a cream tea and taken care by Enrique and believe me when you are taking lunch orders for so many, everyone needs an Enrique.

The photography is iconic and we learnt so much both from the Palace and our shared knowledge, recollections and gossip (Thanks Lisa LOL).  So if you want to join in more activities then look out for future adventures and sign up, unfortunately the photography course is now full but feedback from carers is excitement, enthusiasm and cannot wait for next week’s lesson.

Carers have reported how connecting with others, learning something new has been a great way to improve their overall emotional wellbeing.

African Dance Class – Black History Month

We are two weeks in and we have two more weeks to go with our amazing gift of African Dance Lessons and once again a big thank you to Patrice who as a former carer gifted the lessons to carers and the carers centre.  The lessons have been lively, incredible and joy to behold.  They are each Wednesday 1.30pm to 3pm with a final show on the 26th October, carers are coming, family and friends and why not come and join in,. we do have spaces available and don’t forget this activity is for all abilities  and you can do it sitting down.

Carers have reported that learning something new, being physical and having fun has made a big improvement to their emotional and physical wellbeing.



So have a positive and lovely weekend, look after yourselves, so you can care for others.


Don’t forget ……..

Time to Move – Mondays 1.45pm to 2.45pm

This weekly movement with dance activity, is an excellent way to get your body moving, be with others, have fun, doing it sitting down if needed but most importantly take time out to move, time out of your caring role as doing exercise be it gently can help benefit your emotional wellbeing, reduce the risk of Diabetes, keep you supple and stop your body from getting stiff.

Come and have some fun and join in with our wonderful teacher – Charlie as she is here to help.

Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesday 18th October @ 11am to 1pm

Are you a budding writing? Could you be the new Tolkien?

We are having a workshop on creative writing with a writer from Macmillan who is going to explore writing as a form of therapy and how writing can help with imagination, mental and emotional respite. If this is for you then please reserve your place.

Don’t Forget Talking Therapies on Tuesday 18th October at 2pm to 3pm 

This monthly group looks at ways to help with carer identity, how to look after yourself, how to talk with others, how not to lose yourself and increase emotional wellbeing.

This group is every third Tuesday as part of Emotional Tuesdays so come and join the group and be supported by our wonderful partner Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies and get to learn how to manage the various roles you take on as a carer.

Next Week’s Activities

Always Check out the  https://ccth.org.uk/new/calendar/   for fun, activities, workshops and treatments 

Don’t Forget to Get your Jabs – it makes sense to protect yourself so you can protect the person/s you care for……



Neurological and Stroke Rehabilitation Support 

 ‘The NHS wants patients who need Neurological and Stroke Rehabilitation support in the community to receive a consistent service accessible to all people who need it. We know patients in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest do not get the same community service at the moment.

 The NHS has plans to change this to make sure patients and carers get the same service wherever they live.

 The NHS wants to hear from patients and carers about these changes. It is important patient and carers shape this service to make sure we get it right for those in need of these services.

 Please complete this survey by clicking on this link

Six new FOOD Stores to tackle poverty 

Six new food pantries are being launched by Tower Hamlets Council to tackle poverty and support residents through the cost of living crisis.

In partnership with national charity Family Action, the FOOD Store project aims to provide affordable quality food.

Find out more >

Switch off standby

You can save around £65 (£45 in NI) a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode.

Almost all electrical appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming. You may want to think about getting a standby saver or smart plug which allows you to turn all your appliances off standby in one go.

Check the instructions for any appliances you aren’t sure about. Some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be left plugged in so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record.

Find out which appliances use most energy in your home.


Free audience tickets to popular TV shows

Register online and turn up early

In order to avoid the dreaded ‘canned laughter’, TV companies regularly offer free tickets to popular TV shows. In return, you’re expected to listen to direction, shout when asked to and generally be enthusiastic. You could also potentially have to sit around for long periods without breaks and – for the more popular shows – may even need to queue!

Below is a list of companies who offer free TV show tickets. Some recordings have age restrictions, so be sure to check before requesting tickets if you plan to go with kids.

Click Link – https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/applause-store/?utm_source=MSE_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=04-Oct-22-04101ad59d146adb943-633d26c777580cd755e80e061a4bc195&source=CRM-MSETIP-04101ad59d146adb943&utm_campaign=nt-oneliners-two&utm_content=6#54318

Apply for help with winter fuel costs

Residents living in cold, poorly insulated homes can apply for grants worth up to £25,000 to make their homes warmer, greener and cheaper to run.

The grants between £5,000 and £25,000 are available from the Mayor of London’s £43million Warmer Homes programme.

Read more >




Important Numbers:

Domestic Violence Duty Line:  020 7364 4986 between 9am – 5pm.Victim Support:  020 7364 2448/7957

Tower Hamlets Connect/Adult Social Care : 0300 303 6070

When you have some minutes spare, you want to stay cool and listen to my soothing voice….

Listen to the Carers Ignite PODCAST – New One Coming Soon 

Why not listen to The Carers Centre Podcast –  This is our first podcast and we are pleased with it.  A couple of carers approached me to ask if we could broaden our social media and develop a podcast for carers, made by carers and supported by the centre.  We approached Graham our Chief Exec and he was all for it and gave the green light and thanks to Chandrika and her producer skills and the wonderful Lloyd who is the co-host with myself we developed our first podcast.

We discuss being a male carer, barriers to men seeking support, carers wellbeing while having a laugh and fun.  We will be producing further podcasts and welcome stories/themes and guests to email me tony@ccth.org.uk

Carers Ignite Podcast


Launch of Somali National Helpline 0800 6102020

Better Safe Communities are pleased to inform you of the launch of the first historic Somali National Helpline, sponsored by the local businesses up and down the country and in regards to poor service provisions of UK public services for Somali communities nationally.

The Helpline was founded by Khadra Hersi, a student of London Met University. It is aimed at the Somali community, helping with language barriers, immigration, and mental health issues due to war in their country. The Somali National Helpline are a service that uses professionals to support people overcome issues they are facing. They exist to support individuals with language matters, mental health issues, and beneficiaries to solve their problems. They also provide translating and interpreting services. They are here to support and advocate for many problems faced within the Somali community such as young adults suffering from knife crime, and elderly people who feel isolated and lonely due to language barriers.


Why do you need a Lasting Power of Attorney? 

Does the person you look after making their own decisions but want help managing their money? Maybe they can make their own decisions now but want an arrangement in case they can’t in the future. Without a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) your family may need to go to Court. This can cause lots of hassle, delay, and expense. 

There are 2 types of Lasting Power of Attorney; finances & property matters and decisions about health and care. 

Why should you do it now? 

  • 1 in 3 of us will suffer dementia
  • Many of us will retain mental capacity, but will physically struggle to manage our affairs at some point in our life
  • Being married or asking your chosen person to act for you is not enough – you need to legally give them the power to help you
  • If you leave making your Power of Attorney until you need it, it will be too late.


Carers Centre Partners 

The Carers Centre Tower Hamlets is pleased to work in partnership with respected Law firms to provide carers with affordable support with LPA.  

 Jones Whyte are a Glasgow based multi award winning Solicitor firm and the reigning Law Firm of the Year 2021 

  • They prepare thousands of Powers of Attorney every year 
  • Have partnerships with many major national charities
  • They offer competitive Power of Attorney fees £349 + vat

Carers Centre staff can refer you, or you can contact them yourself on 0330 175 1234 or email appointments@joneswhyte.co.uk 

You can find our more about Jones Whyte here Power of Attorney – Solicitors Glasgow | Jones Whyte Law 


Duncan Lewis Solicitors – “We believe in access to justice for the most vulnerable in society and do everything we can to ensure legal advice and support is available for those who need it most”.  

Duncan Lewis Solicitors are a national firm with offices locally. 

  • They prepare thousands of Powers of Attorney every year
  • They are available for face-to-face appointments at their local office (1 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, Hackney, London, E8 2JS) or surgeries at the Carers Centre if requested 
  • They offer competitive Power of Attorney fees £350 + vat


Carers Centre staff can refer you, contact us on 0207 790 1765 or at enquiries@ccth.org.uk 

You can find out more about Duncan Lewis here https://www.duncanlewis.co.uk 

 Most solicitor firms support with LPA and carers are under no obligation to use either firm listed above and are free to seek support from any firm they choose. 


What is I do not want to pay for support with LPA? 

We also provide workshops and information for those who want to set up an LPA themselves, many people set up LPA without legal support. You can check our Calendar or give us a call for updates on our latest workshops. 

You can also see the information links below for information. 

Different ways to manage someone’s affairs  

Make, register or end LPA 

Call us on 0207 790 1765 or email enquiries@ccth.org.uk to find out more about LPA. 


A carers guide to home fire safety

A new video resource has been launched on the London Fire Brigade website to help carers learn how to keep people that receive care safe from fire.

Sadly, around one third of those here who die or are severely injured by fire are in receipt of some form of care or support. If you are a formal (domiciliary care worker, support worker or clinician) or informal carer (family member, friend or neighbour) and are caring for someone in their own home, this new resource will help you identify fire risks and show you what you can do to reduce them. There is also more information available on the website around fire safety and prevention.

Watch the video >






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 neighbourhood 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 neighbour’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-Defence Class

When fighting off something as an assault, the element of surprise can work in your favour. If you regularly walk alone, take a self-defence 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-defence. The idea is to disable your attacker enough for you to get to safety, and a class focused on self-defence 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.



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21 Brayford Square
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020 7790 1765


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Saturday and Sunday – Closed

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