Hello Everyone

I hope everyone is doing well today as it is said that it is Blue Monday, so I did a bit of research and this is what I found…

What is Blue Monday?

Blue Monday is often said to be the most depressing day of the year – the day when all Christmas and New Year joy has evaporated, arguments have torn relationships apart and money is tight.

Add into the mix that it’s a Monday – supposedly everyone’s least favourite weekday – in deepest, darkest winter, and it starts to makes sense that this is a date on which you might not be feeling at your best.  However, despite Blue Monday’s existence being widely acknowledged, there’s actually no official scientific basis for it.

The concept of Blue Monday first came into public knowledge in 2004, when holiday firm Sky Travel tasked psychologist Cliff Arnall with concocting a scientific formula for the January blues.

This has led some to criticise the myth’s widespread acknowledgement, with those suffering from mental health conditions saying the day can be detrimental to their wellbeing as it may cause anxiety.

Suicide prevention charity Samaritans has coined a new term for the day – ‘Brew Monday’ – a positive day when it says people should reach out to friends, family and colleagues over a cup of tea to make sure they’re feeling alright, or help them to keep their pecker up if they aren’t.

Samaritans says we all have good and bad days, and that a calendar date cannot determine when we feel certain things.  It also says its Brew Monday idea should not only be a thing you do in January, but at any time of the year.

This leads me nicely into promoting carers in  joining an activity at the Carers Centre and we always have tea and biscuits so we have Brew up’s weekly…see  below for this weeks activities and if you are feeling down or want to chat away your blues then come to the Carers Forum followed by our 5 Ways to Wellbeing on Wednesday 19th January and then Arts, Crafts & Conversation followed by Walking Thursdays on Thursday 20th January.

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


Where to get your next vaccine…

Click here for more info >

What’s new nationally?

No more confirmatory PCR tests if you don’t have Covid-19 symptoms:

  • If you don’t have Covid-19 symptoms, but test positive on a lateral flow test you no longer need to get a PCR test to confirm the infection. However, if you do have Covid-19 symptoms you are still required to take a PCR test. .
  • From Monday 17 January, if you have tested positive for Covid-19 you can end your self-isolation after 5 full days, as long as you take lateral flow tests on day 5 and 6 & both these results come back negative
  • You do need to register your positive lateral flow result by calling 119, using the NHS app, or via https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
  • If your day 6 result is positive, you will need to take another test on day 7, & so on until you receive TWO negative test results 24 hours apart
  • Remember, it’s still required to take a PCR test if you have Covid-19 symptoms.

Local data update

  • The weekly incidence rate has increased and is now at 1,594.4 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents (www.gov.uk data to 5th January 2022) (last week: 1,551.7)
  • It is now rated as MAROON RED on the RAG rating scale
  • 5,293 Covid-19 cases in Tower Hamlets in the latest 7-day period (www.gov.uk data to 5th January 2022) (last week: 5,151)
  • 361 patients were in Barts hospital for Covid-19 and 29 were on ventilation (last week 241 patients were in hospital 23 were on ventilation)
  • 8 new deaths were reported between 30th December – 5th January (www.gov.uk data to 4th January 2022) (4 deaths between 20th – 30th Dec)
  • See the above image showing the number of patients (80%) in intensive care across North East London who haven’t been fully vaccinated

Over the past few weeks some residents received a letter that looked like this:

So what do we mean by Covid-19 treatments?

  • The NHS is offering new antibody and antiviral treatments to people with Covid-19 who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill
  • 2 types of Covid-19 treatment are available:
  • sotrovimab (Xevudy) is a biological medicine, it is an antibody treatment
  • molnupiravir (Lagevrio) is an antiviral medicine
  • These treatments can help some people manage their COVID-19 symptoms and reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill

Who is currently eligible for this NHS Covid-19 treatment?

If you test positive for Covid-19 & are in one of these higher risk groups of people who have:

  • a rare condition affecting the brain or nerves (including multiple sclerosis, motorneurone disease, Huntington’s disease or myasthenia gravis)
  • sickle cell disease
  • certain types of cancer
  • HIV or AIDS
  • a severe liver condition (such as cirrhosis)
  • chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 4 or 5
  • had an organ transplant
  • certain autoimmune or inflammatory conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease)
  • a condition or treatment that makes you more likely to get infections
  • had certain types of chemotherapy in the last 12 months
  • had radiotherapy in the last 6 months

A doctor or specialist will confirm if you are eligible for treatment

Texas Synagogue:  Message from Counter Terrorism Policing 

A message from Jane Corrigan, Detective Superintendent, London Prevent Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Policing – SO15

You may be aware of the events at a Synagogue in Texas this weekend. We can let you know that the suspect is now confirmed as dead. The Foreign Office has confirmed that they are aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with authorities there. The incident is still under investigation and officers from Counter Terrorism Policing are also liaising with US authorities and colleagues from the FBI regarding the incident.

This type of incident can have a profound effect on all communities and, in this instance, we are particularly aware of the effect on British Jewish communities. We know that many of you will be playing an important role in your own areas to provide support and reassurance to those affected, and to help bring communities together.

As always, it is important to remain vigilant and we understand people will be concerned. The Community Security Trust provides security advice and training for Jewish communal organisations, schools and synagogues.

Please report any hate crime incidents to the police – via 999 in an emergency or 101 for a non-emergency.  You can also report online through the police hate crime reporting site True Vision (http://report-it.org.uk/home), or via a third party reporting centre such as Stop Hate UK, the CST or Tell Mama.

Security at places of worship – The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has guidance with protective security advice covering a range of places including places of worship as a specific sector. It can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crowded-places-guidance

For anything immediately concerning contact 101, or in an emergency situation always call 999.

Emotional and practical support for anyone affected by this incident can be found athttps://victimsofterrorism.campaign.gov.uk/

This Weeks 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.

27 January 2022 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. Every year on that day Holocaust Memorial Day takes place. In the words of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Holocaust Memorial Day encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide.

One Day is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 – a day that we put aside to come together to remember, to learn about the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, in the hope that there may be One Day in the future with no genocide. We learn more about the past, we empathise with others today, and we take action for a better future.

The UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 will be streamed online on Thursday 27 January at 7pm. Register HERE to watch the Ceremony online.

At 8pm, get ready to Light the Darkness with us. Households across the UK will be lighting candles and safely putting them in their windows to remember those who were murdered for who they were stand against prejudice and hatred today.

There are a series of events planned in Tower Hamlets including reflections on Holocaust Memorial Day from the Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum. Please CLICK HERE for more information and event listings.

#HolocaustMemorialDay #LightTheDarkness

Challenging Antisemitism: Holocaust Research, Art and Exhibitions

Thursday 20 January / 7.00 to 9.00pm / Zoom

An online panel event exploring how academic research, art and exhibitions can generate public awareness about the past and present. Following the success of last year’s guest exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, ‘My name is Sara’, this online panel event curated by the artist Sara Davidmann explores how academic research, art and exhibitions addressing issues of antisemitism and the Holocaust can generate new ways of raising public awareness about the past and present, including highlighting the rise of xenophobia and populism today.

Chaired by Prof David Feldman, Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, University of London.


James Bulgin, Head of Content, Holocaust Galleries, Imperial War Museum

Alex Maws, Head of Educational Grants and Projects, Association of Jewish Refugees

Dr Simone Gigliotti, Deputy Director, Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London

This event is made possible thanks to the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR)



Taking Control of Your Life will be hosting a workshop on “Creating Your Own Care Plans on 25th January 2022 from 2pm to 3:30 pm over Zoom. 

Self-directed support is about giving people control of the support they receive and the life they lead. It provides a positive shift in power and decision making that enables people to have a voice, to be heard and be connected to each other and their communities.

This free workshop will feature:

This session will be delivered by a client who herself receives social care, and who has been writing her own care plan for the past six years. She finds there is a huge difference in quality when she writes the plan as opposed to when it is written by social services. Creating her Own Care Plan has been instrumental in her fight for receiving the right care she is entitled to.

At this workshop, she will be sharing her story and answering questions on how you can start writing your care plan. We will also be joined by Real Advocacy service who have over a decade of experience on supporting clients with securing care.

When and Where

 The event will take place on Zoom

 Date:  Tuesday, 25th January 2022

 Time:  3:00pm – 3:30pm

 Zoom Link: will be provided when booking

To sign up for find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us on 07458 304616 or 07305811946 or email TCOYL@real.org.uk.

The Royal British Legion has recently published a report exploring the unique profile, needs, and experiences of members of the Armed Forces community who have unpaid caring responsibilities. Unpaid Carers in the Armed Forces community explores the needs of this under-researched section of the Armed Forces community and the impact of their caring responsibilities. When compared to carers in the general population, the carers who participated in our research are less likely to access support; less likely to have a recent carer’s assessment; and less likely to feel their role as a carer is valued by services they come into contact with. You can read either the full report or the executive summary online here.

I am writing to highlight the key findings from the report and to ask you to adopt the recommendations at your council. As a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, your local authority has a key role to play in supporting the Armed Forces community through all the challenges they may face; and I hope we can work together on this occasion to support unpaid carers in that community.

Key findings

 Our research, including a survey of 358 unpaid carers in the UK Armed Forces community, found that:

  • Unpaid caring disproportionally affects the UK’s ex-Service community.
  • This group are receiving half as much support as carers in the general population; only one in five received any support from their local authority in the last two years.
  • Those caring for a veteran were even less likely to have received any support, and less than one in twenty had been able to take a break from caring in the last year.
  • Only 11% of these carers had been asked whether they or someone they care for have served in the UK Armed Forces.
  • The carers are less likely to have had a carer’s assessment or a review of their carer’s assessment in the past two years than non-Armed Forces carers were; only 17% compared to 27% of carers in the general population.


  • Local authorities in England should urgently act upon NHS England’s recommendation (page 13) to consider how carers from the Armed Forces community can be supported in local carers’ strategies.
  • Local authorities should consider how to encourage carers in the Armed Forces community to access support and take up a carer’s assessment, which they are less likely to have and, if they are serving, may have to regularly repeat.
  • Council services and local carers services should ask and record whether all patients and clients are a member of the Armed Forces community and if they have caring responsibilities. This would help these carers feel better understood and make them more aware of entitlements and support available to them.



Covid-19 in Tower Hamlets

Read the latest update on Covid-19 from our Director of Public Health, Dr Somen Banerjee, including changes to the wearing of face coverings in education settings, changes to confirmatory PCR tests following a positive lateral flow test and generally rates of Covid-19 in the borough.

Read the update >


In 2022 the Tower of London will be celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by filling the moat with flowers to create a spectacular display.

From June to September the flower display will erupt into new colours and patterns creating a dramatic and engaging experience. Designed to attract pollinators, ‘Superbloom’ will bring a spectacular natural beauty to the urban space and introduce a new biodiverse habitat for wildlife. It will celebrate the value of nature for our wellbeing, giving people time to slow down, reflect and bask in the simple joy of flowers in bloom.


Volunteering Opportunities

Also here is information on the volunteering opportunities:

Volunteering is open to anyone 16 years old and over. There are 2 different roles available;

  • Base Level – meet and greet visitors and ‘man’ the slide entrance into the Moat
  • Within the moat – engaging with visitors on experience and interpretation content


No experience is required and training sessions will be offered from April. You can register your interest in volunteering here: Superbloom volunteering | Historic Royal Palaces (hrp.org.uk)

You can also get in touch with Alex with any questions, who is leading on the volunteering opportunities at: superbloomvolunteer@hrp.org.uk

job Opportunity

Assistant Community Producer, £27,702 (pro rata)
Closing Date: 25th January

HRP is currently planning a large scale ‘Superbloom’ flower installation for the Tower moat in 2022. Alongside this exciting and unique moment in the Tower’s history, we are planning a pan-London communities project to engage local community groups in creating their own ‘superbloom’ with a focus on gardening for well-being.

The Communities Partnership Team is looking for an Assistant Community Producer, who will help to deliver high quality outcomes for community groups. The Assistant Community Producer will play a key role in liaising with community groups, freelancers and staff, coordinating events onsite and online and providing the level of administrative organisation that is so essential to the project’s success.

To find out more about the role and how to apply please visit: Assistant Community Producer – Historic Royal Palaces (tal.net)

Historic Royal Palaces is a registered charity (No 1068852), correspondence details, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU Historic Royal Palaces Enterprises Ltd, a company registered in England (No 3418583) registered office Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU.


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



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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