So i wanted to start this week off with some amazing feedback from two incredible activities that has been taking place lately in our Academy timetable. Before that i wanted to say i hope that this new week is a good one for you all, i hope you enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget we have our picnic on Thursday, more details so read on.
On Friday we had one of our fortnightly Creative Writing Group Sessions, the assignment was to do three diary entries in any style, jotting down your thoughts about being a carer and your caring role. Well the writing and the entries were outstanding and each carer, cared for someone different for example, a husband, a son, a mother and a mother and father. so as you can see caring from a diffefrent perspective but interestingly there were some common themes that emerged. It seems that carers expereince anxiety, stress and fear for the person they care for, sleep is an issue, time to yourself is rare.
Secondly we had the last session of the research and development section of our wonderful collaberation with St Margaret’s House and the Borrowers of Imagi-nation42.png. The out of this world song that has been produced is simply moving, beautiful and everyone involved in the project should be so proud of themselves. I want to thank George, Milou and Kazuko foe thier enthusiastic support and a big shout out to Lisa, Sharron, Tracey, Jeanette, Louise and John for their time, dedication and love of fun.
Check these out.. some of the incredible writing from The Creative Writing Group
She breezes in, like she has no cares in the world. She does, but it’s business mode,
‘I’ll make tea and then login.’
Tea drunk I get ready to leave the house.
‘Enjoy’ she smiles as she shoving me out the door.
I don’t want to go – it’s too much.
‘Go Mum, go – it’ll be fine’. I go feeling very guilty.
I meet a friend for coffee and it’s good to catch up. My phone buzzes,
‘Sorry’ I feel the fear rising as I open the message…
‘I’ve put lunch in’ – panic over.
I rush back for lunch and to sort things at home. It’s all fine, no accidents, no dramas. I leave again and return to a carer meeting – time to try to understand why I find this so hard, to seek some peace. It helps, it gives me permission to feel, I’m allowed, it’s not unreasonable, I’m not alone.
That horrible a and e anxiety.
It takes you by surprise
Sometimes when you least expect it
COVID times and your loved one has to go alone
No reception so you don’t know what is going on
How long how long will they wait
Are they ok?
Will they have to stay?
I remember once before
A young man had been stabbed to death
The relatives were crying
Lots of police
Today there was a queue outside the door
In the midst of the first lockdown
Peering through the window
It seemed like the reception was empty
And that it was what my son told me
Hardly anyone there
But not today it seems
This Week’s Activities
Monday 19th July @11am to 12 noon
Shared Reading for Carers – At the Carers Centre
Tuesday 20th July @10am to 5pm
Counselling for Carers Day – at Carers Centre & Zoom
Tuesday Social Club – Via Zoom @2pm to 3.30pm
Carers of people with a Mental Health Peer Support Group – at the Carers centre @11am to 1pm
Walking Wednesdays – meet outside the Carers Centre and then the world’s your oyster @1pm to 2pm
Young Adult Carers Group – at the Carers Centre @5.30pm to 7.30pm
22nd July @12 noon to 2pm
Picnic in Park – Victoria Park
23rd July @11am to 12 noon
Healthy Eating, Motivation & Nutrition for carers – Change for Good – Via Zoom.
Don’t Forget this week’s event!
Because we wanted carers to get together this as last year was a wash out, we decided to organise a picnic. It turns out…
It’s National Picnic month in July 2021. You can just rock up with a picnic blanket, open up your picnic backpack or luxury picnic hamper and have some fun!
So don’t forget it is on Thursday 22nd July and we meet outside the Pavilion Café at 12 noon.
Bring your own food and drink and let’s celebrate being carers.
New online booking system for vaccines
Based on feedback from residents and young people, we have now set up an online booking form to make it easier for you to book your local vaccine appointments. Use our new booking form to get your jab at local clinics including the Arts Pavilion, East London Mosque, Granby Hall and many other pop-up clinics.
The form is quick and easy to use and is now in place alongside our dedicated helpline, which you can call on 020 7364 3030 to book appointments and ask questions.
Remember, if you don’t want to book many of our clinics are walk-in.
Vaccine clinic events
We are holding a series of vaccine clinics at Weavers Field to support residents to come along and easily get their Covid-19 jab.
- Sunday 18 July – 10am to 6pm
- Monday 19 July 10am to 4pm
- Tuesday 20 July 10am 4pm
For anyone due their first Covid-19 vaccine – anyone aged 18 and over. Or anyone who had their first Pfizer jab 8 weeks ago and who needs their second dose.
Anyone eligible can just turn up; a booking is not needed. If you do not have ID, don’t worry. No questions will be asked.
Appointments can be booked if preferred, by calling the council helpline on 020 7364 3030.
If you’re coming for your second jab, please make sure it is at least 8 weeks since your first Pfizer jab.
The clinic will only give Pfizer vaccines.
Address: Weavers Fields Park, Vallance Rd, London E2 6HD – near Bethnal Green station
I’m really pleased to let you know that we will be holding our next Time For A Cuppa online session on Wednesday 28th July at 10.30am on the theme of food. Please do join us for fun, singing, reminiscence and laughter! You can book here
Become a Compassionate Neighbour
Tuesday 27 July / Thursday 29 July
You will receive free training to develop your skills and confidence to help those that are living with life limiting conditions, are at the end of life or are elderly can be experiencing loneliness and isolation.
You can do this by offering companionship, emotional support, running a group activity or by helping people to increase their connections.
If you are interested, please contact the CN team on 07508134095 or email@example.com
Free 8-day dance summer school in Whitechapel
We’re running a fantastic, free, 8-day summer school this August where 13-19-year-olds can work with the brilliant and high profile street dance company IMD (“intelligent mind dance”).
Workshops run from Sunday 1 August to Monday 9 August at the Brady Arts Centre, Studio Theatre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, Whitechapel E1 5HU. Spaces are limited and booking is essential.
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