Hello Everyone

I am stressed today due to my little dog having an operation yesterday and he is not coping well with his cone of shame.  Poor thing does not know what to do with himself and he is very anxious.  I am not a parent to children, but he is my fur child as a carer I know calls him.

So my hat goes off to parents, it seems a rewarding but heart wrenching business and keep up the great work you do, especially if you have your caring roles on top of that.

Upcoming Activities!!

Managing feelings of guilt/ Carers & Mental Health Programme – with Talking Therapies Monday 5th July 2pm to 3.15pm – at the Carers Centre

Guilt is a common emotion that is felt by carers for various reasons. This workshop will look at what those common feelings are, and the negative thoughts associated with this. We will then look at ways to manage this emotion and create an action plan of what to do to practise these techniques.

There are still some places left – email tony@ccth.org.uk

Last chance to have your say on health services.

The Tower Hamlets Health and Wellbeing Board want your views on their draft joint strategy, setting out their vision, priorities and ambitions for the next five years.

Cllr Rachel Blake, deputy mayor and lead member for Adults, Health and Community is asking for anyone working or living in the borough to contribute to making the borough a healthier place. Watch the video.

The consultation is ending so have your say before Friday 9 July.

With this in mind The Carers Centre has invited and organised a special consultation event via Zoom on Tuesday 6th July 11am to 12 noon. Email tony@ccth.org.uk for a place to have your say.

Taking Back Control

Taking Back Control – Carers Centre

Wednesday 7th, 14th & 21st – 2pm to 3.30pm

This group will focus on managing the emotional impact of caring for a loved one, with a long-term condition such as illness, disability, Dementia.

Subjects covered include:

  • Managing stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Managing frustration and anger
  • Coping with role loss and managing grief
  • Maintaining healthy lifestyles and good well-being
  • Assertiveness
  • Recognising the warning signs and symptoms

Email tony@ccth.org.uk

Nutrition, Motivation & Healthy Eating for Carers

We are announcing a new partnership with Change for Good to keep carers wellbeing the best it can be, and each session will take place every Friday for 12 weeks from Friday July 16th 11am to 12noon via Zoom.

This group aims to help carers learn about nutritional food, amazing recipe ideas, encourage walking and getting fitter, supporting and motivating each other to achieve personal goals.

Having the support of your peers is a strong way to keep up motivation, and this is central to the course. We want to bring people together in an encouraging and supportive group. Sharing your experiences and hearing inspirational stories from your peers is a good reminder that you are all on this journey together.

You can even do this with the person you care for if you want to.

Email tony@ccth.org.uk

Do you care for someone who has Challenging behaviour? Has the person you care for’s behaviour changed due to the lockdowns?

We have a workshop on Thursday 15th July where carers can learn about causes and mechanisms to cope and reduce incidences of Challenging behaviour. The session is being delivered by The Community Learning Disability Service and is for all carers who experience challenging behaviour, not just carers of people with a learning disability.

Email tony@ccth.org.uk

Walk-in vaccines available for anyone aged 18 or over

Anyone aged 18 or over can now get their first Covid-19 vaccine at these two walk-in vaccine centres (no ID or documentation needed):

  • Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, E3 4QY. 8:30am – 5:30pm, 7 days a week, until 11 July
  • Cable Street Surgery, 445 Cable Street, E1W 3DP, 9:00am – 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday, until 10 July

Appointments can also be booked for both first and second doses at other local sights. Second doses are given eight weeks after the first – please do not book in earlier than this as you may be turned away.

Our vaccine helpline, 020 7364 3030, will now be open over the weekends to support people to book their vaccine. You can now call anytime on Monday – Sunday, 9am to 5pm.

Anyone 40 and under will be given the Pfizer vaccine.

Covid-19 in Tower Hamlets

Each week our Director of Public Health, Dr Somen Banerjee, publishes a Covid-19 update to keep residents and partners informed about Covid-19 in Tower Hamlets. Read this weeks to find out about Covid-19 rates and how we’re making it easier than ever for everyone eligible to get their jabs.

London’s Global University

UCL School of Pharmacy

Development of e-learning for Remote Assessment and Diagnosis of Dementia UCL School of Pharmacy has been awarded a grant by NHS Improvement to develop an e-learning course to support staff working in memory service clinics to carry out remote consultations for the assessment and diagnosis of dementia. UCL School of Pharmacy has expertise in developing short courses that are delivered online. They are working with a group of experts in dementia assessment and diagnosis to develop the learning material for this course.

It is important that the e-learning represents patients’ and carers’ experiences of remote consultation, and we are looking for patients and carers to talk to us about their experience of remote consultation for assessment and diagnosis of dementia. Please read the information below to find out what this would involve.

What will I need to do?

If you are a patient, we would like to talk to you about your experience of remote consultation for your dementia care. If you are a carer, we would like to talk to you about your experience of remote consultations as a carer. This will last up to one hour, depending on how much information you would like to share about your experience. We will send you the questions that we will ask in advance. The questions will cover the following topics:

  • Benefits and challenges of different types of remote consultations
  • Your experience of remote assessment of cognition
  • he carer’s role in the remote assessment of cognition
  • our experience of seeing different members of the healthcare team remotely
  • Practical considerations in having your consultations carried out remotely
  • What it is like receiving a diagnosis through a remote consultation

You do not need to be able to answer all the questions to take part. If you can talk about one or two of these points we would like to hear from you.

How will the talk take place?

We will use Zoom to set up a meeting with you. You will need a device with a camera and microphone that connects to the internet. The meeting will take place at a time that suits you. One of our team will meet with you and ask you the questions that you will have been sent in advance. The team are all pharmacists with extensive experience in talking with patients and carers.

If you are not able to use Zoom, please let us know and we can arrange another way to meet with you.

We would like to record the Zoom meeting.

Is there payment?

We are able to reimburse you for your time and any reasonable expenses.

Who do I contact to express my interest in taking part?

For more information or to express an interest in taking part, please contact:

Dr Lizzie Mills
Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Education
020 3987 2847 

Free Sunday bandstand concerts at Victoria Park

In partnership with Victoria Park Friends, we’re offering Victoria Park visitors the chance to get together (in groups of under 30 people) in the open air to be entertained at the bandstand on Sunday afternoons.

The fantastic free bandstand season concerts begins this Sunday and runs weekly until 19 September. On the bandstand this Sunday are Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble, Shkembe Soup and Ten Bells Rag Band.

All performances start at 2pm.

We Are Having A Picnic at Victoria Park

Thursday 22nd July 12 noon to 2pm

We wanted carers to have the opportunity to get together in a safe way, so we thought ‘how about a picnic’?

We can meet at Victoria Park at 12 noon at the Pavilion Café and then walk to a grass area.

Bring a blanket to sit on, bring something nice to eat and drink, you bring your kids and people you care for and we will bring water, fun and laughter.

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


Get in touch

The Carers Centre
21 Brayford Square
London, E1 0SG

020 7790 1765


Opening hours

Monday - Friday – 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed

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