So I wanted to tell you about an exciting event next Thursday 21st October here at the Carers Centre. We are going to as a one off combine our Arts&Crafts Group, WeConnectCommunites Hub with an amazing five ways to wellbeing Theatre group experience.
So from 11am to 12 noon we will have a drama session with Outside Edge Theatre group loking at the 5 strands of wellbeing – the 21st will look at movement and get up and go, so we want you to join us in the main hall. I have seen there work and last month it was amazing. Quote from carer who attended last month ‘it moved me, got me thinking and I cannot wait for the next one’…
National Cholesterol Month October 2021
Did you know over half of UK adults have raised cholesterol which can lead to heart disease – Together we can make things better.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is made in the liver. It’s found in some foods too.
We all need some cholesterol in our bodies just to keep us ticking over, but having too much can clog up your arteries and lead to health problems in the future.
By getting a simple cholesterol test and making positive lifestyle changes, most people can keep their cholesterol levels healthy.
Getting a cholesterol test
We recommend that all adults should get a cholesterol check – no matter what your age or how healthy you feel.
The only way to know your cholesterol levels is to get a check.
High cholesterol doesn’t usually have any signs or symptoms and it can be caused by your genes as well as your lifestyle, so we advise getting a check even if you are young, fit and feel healthy.
A cholesterol check involves a simple blood test.
Your doctor should also check another blood fat called triglycerides, as these also affect your heart health.
A test will show you if you need to make healthy changes. High cholesterol can lead to heart attacks and strokes. A cholesterol test, along with other simple tests including a blood pressure test, BMI and waist measurement, will give you a good idea of your heart health and show you if you need to make any lifestyle changes or need treatment.
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We have been sent an amzing short story from a carer – so please read…..
Kunta Kinte Lives On (Our Legacy)
Survivor, Strength and Spirit
Living to tell the tale, loyal
Adaptability to Adversity
Valour, Vital, Valiant and Valuable
They spoke of Kunta Kinte with hate and loathing;
he was nothing but a slave – a black slave no less.
Bloody Roots, he/they had let them down; he had
given into circumstances to white slavers.
They were angry to be tarred with his name.
Or were they just afraid for their future?
The wise old woman knew better, that the spirit of Kunta Kinte lives on in all of us.
Yes, life throws shit at you when you are least expecting it. Life gives you thorns
when you dream of roses and big houses.
But, wasn’t it true that he went down not fighting; it took 6 men to overpower him.
The strength was there, the spirit of resistance that was there is also here.
But Kunta Kinte was a survivor, he knew when he was beaten; he knew the value
of life and living. He adapted to the situation, while he endured, he assessed his
options and understood why the others had been taken; now it had happened to
These boys thought death was a better option than being a slave. But death
meant ceasing to exist. But Kunta Kinte wanted to exist and see where his destiny
would lead him. So he ceased to struggle against his chains and thought about
the future when the chains would be off – when he would be free again.
She, the old woman, knew he had suffered greatly; he starved on the journey,
squashed tightly against the others caught up in the same sad situation. It was hell
on earth on the high seas with screaming, wailing and silence. He did not know
where they were going, but they were going somewhere…
He was a strong man he would survive, whatever they threw at him. He tried to
raise the spirits of the others trapped like him. Some heard his message, took
heart and survived. A few or was it more fell by the wayside – they couldn’t adapt
to the awful changes in their lives, they lost it and railed against the gods, and grew
silent. Kunta Kinte knew the gods sometimes seemed to enjoy human suffering it
was up to him to make the best of it.
They paused in thought at the horror, and then in youthful exuberance declared
they could have done better – would have been stronger and more able in Kunta
Kinte’s shoes or bare feet!
The wiry old woman laughed contemptuously at their optimism and brash youth –
they had never truly been caught between a rock and a hard place. They had not
been made to feel like an animal, poked and prodded like a horse.
Yes, they could speak the language of their oppressors, understand their plans.
They came from a world of freedom and thought the world should be fair.
Kunta Kinte survived the journey and arrived at port in a new land of new smells, it
was bustling, busy with people of many shades.
It was a new world and he would survive, and survive he did ……
They still thought he was weak to give in, to adapt. He should have taken charge
of his destiny like they would; and they would scale the walls standing in their way
They went on at the woman, they tried to intimidate her as a group as a gang, after
all they ruled their homes and communities. She would tell them what they needed
to know to scale the Wall of Life.
She laughed at their brashness, at their rudeness and aggressive behaviour, which
had their families and neighbours cowering at their presence. Then she whispered
“only the strong and spirited will survive. Those who endure and adapt will survive”
They frowned, she had laughed at them and they couldn’t hear what she said.
They spoke amongst themselves – what to do. The smarter one amongst them
suggested they approach her individually.
What to do, they worked together best as group – but that wasn’t working here;
she was laughing at them. She had no fear.
So they raised their game of intimidation, shouting at her, and the more shorttempered of them brandished a knife, waving it at her. She laughed harder, still
whispering her secrets.
They gave in. They had to know what she was saying. The smart one moved
closer to her, she whispered to him for what seemed a long while. After, the rest
surrounded him, but he just said “listen to her”, and wandered off in a daze.
One by one, they heard her quiet message.
Some tittered nervously on the way back, some looked embarrassed, others like
the smart one just repeated what he had said “listen to her”, and walked off as fast
as he could.
Months and years later, one by one they approached the Wall of Life, some try to
jump it and knocked themselves out of the game.
Some tried to pole-vault it, hitting the Wall at the top and sliding down. Some tried
to break through with their fists, what a waste of time, and sat down wailing about
Some went around it taking as much time as it took, they survived. Some tried to
climb it, that took spirit and strength, and some survived the climb and made it to
the other side. Some tried to scale it slowly like a mountain and the most prepared
survived the climb.
When the survivors met at the other side and they quietly smiled, they were no
longer a group anymore; each had gone their own way. They were individuals who
had bravely endured, adapted to adversity, become vital and valuable people, who
had lived to tell the tale.
The old wise woman was right,
for the spirit of Kunta Kinte lives amongst us even now,
in the survivors, the strong, those who listen and learn, the loyal, the living, the
adaptable, the valiant, the vital, and even in those just existing for they endure
NATIONAL HATE CRIME AWARENESS WEEK
9th – 16th October 2021
Why not join and become a volunteer, always report Hate Crime or help out in anyway you can https://nationalhcaw.uk/
I’m pleased to let you know that applications for our ZOOM Film School are now open.
Check out the film on our website as the students did this ealiuer this year https://ccth.org.uk/new/video/
This long-running training programme is generously supported by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
It is open exclusively to low-waged and unemployed Tower Hamlets residents, offering free, professional training in film and TV production, including:
- 6 weeks of practical filmmaking training, including production of a short film.
- 3 x mentoring sessions with a high-calibre industry professional.
- Accreditation (Open College Network credits in Film Production)
- Masterclasses and networking sessions.
- Paid placement/job opportunities.
- Bespoke career guidance and pastoral support.
- Travel/childcare costs.
Further details can be found at: https://www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk/whats-on/zoom-film-school
The deadline for applications is midnight on 8th November 2021
Get Online Week is a digital inclusion campaign organised by Good Things Foundation.
3.7 billion people are digitally excluded worldwide (ITU, 2020). Over 13 million people people in the UK lack the digital skills they need for work (Lloyds Consumer Digital Index, 2020). A lack of digital skills and access can have a huge negative impact on a person’s life, leading to poorer health outcomes and a lower life expectancy, increased loneliness and social isolation, less access to jobs and education. If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s how vital digital skills are to our wellbeing and safety.
This year’s Get Online Week campaign will take place from 18 – 24 October 2021.
We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to safely participate in our digital world and no one should be left behind. Through Good Things Foundation’s network of community organisations and with the help of our supporters, events and activities will again take place in hundreds of communities to spread the Get Online Week message that everyone can: Get online. Get connected.
As the campaign gets closer, we’ll be sharing LOTS of tips and resources on how to do this and what your Get Online Week activities could look like, so you can engage with the people who need your help, whether that’s online or in person.
REMINDER – YOU CAN CHECK THE CCTH CALENDAR
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 email@example.com to book your place.
Don’t Forget to get your Flu Jab & Covid Booster
WALKING ALONE? REMEMBER THESE 10 TIPS
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.
Community Fibre has given 12 month free internet/broadband for THH residents only. We would like to offer this service to vulnerable residents who may be digitally excluded.
Please note devises will not be provided.
CCTH will collect names of any carers interested and who can/will benefit from this offer, can you please send me your names and address by the 29th of October.
so we can pass them onto Community fibre.
Help to shape our council budget
Residents, businesses, and local organisations are urged to take part in the council’s budget consultation, launched this week.
Despite challenges posed by government cuts, increases in the number of vulnerable residents and a rising population, Tower Hamlets Council has the seventh lowest council tax in London and continues to invest in the services that matter to residents. The consultation is your chance to get involved in the budget process which plans for the council’s income and expenditure in the year ahead.
Thought-provoking and feel-good activities for Black History Month
We are hosting and supporting a varied programme of activities, offering residents and the wider public the opportunity to engage with the richness of Black arts, culture and history this October as we mark Black History Month.
Activities and events include live music, film, workshops, art, theatre, talks and more.
Don’t miss the photography exhibition Beauty and Power. Alternative Arts presents ten black artists who have been brought together for the first time to exhibit their photography at the Brady Arts Centre during the month. The show is a celebration of black culture, perception and moving personal experience.
REMINDER TO CARERS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
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 email@example.com
Next Group Session is Wednesday 13th October 11am to 1pm
We Will be having someone coming from the Transistion Team to help you understand their role, the team’s criteria and how thery can help your family member movge into adulthood. We will also have a presentation on PIP and what to expect when completing the application form, when the benefit is up for review and the langauge to use.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers Academy Manager
Monday - Friday – 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed