Hello Everyone

How was your weekend?

Do anything exciting?

I don’t know about you but do you not think weekends go by in a blink of an eye?  It is friday 5pm and I have finished work and I think great the weekend has arrived and then the next thing it is Monday morning.  I can imagine for some carers the days blend into one as the caring role remains the same daily, as we all know the caring role is not a 9 to 5 undertaking.

I am always reminding carers when possible to take time for themselves, sometimes that is easier said than done but you must look after your mental and physical wellbeing.. As you know the Carers Centre endeavours to support you in acheiving this specially through it’s Carers Academy timetable which includes weekly activities aimed at your health & wellbeing.  Don’t forget we partner with the Buddhist Centre, Talking Therapies, Coaching for Carers and our own in-house carer counsellor.

We also run weekly sessions such as the Walking Group, Arts & Crafts, Shared Reading (when you need a quieter moment) and see below for a new creative group.

I want to tell you about two new activities starting next week and the week after…

Firstly we have a new montly FIVE WAYS TO WELLBEING

We are also starting a five month partnership project with Outside Edge Theatre Company and St Margaret’s House as part of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Each month there will be a delivered drama workshops that help improve wellbeing and support recovery maintenance through creative engagement. So participating in our drama workshops increases self-esteem and confidence, whilst developing empathy and improving emotional regulation. All the skills practised during the workshops are transferable to a number of situations, including the search for future employment or training.

22nd September 11am to 12 noon – Places are limited so email tony@ccth.org.uk


CREATE – We are doing CERAMICS – Starts Tuesday 28th September 11am to 1pm and book now for a place

So we have a new exciting weekly group with our fabulous longstanding partner CREATE and this time we are doing Ceramics…

“In this series of clay workshops we’ll explore basic modelling techniques, sculpting and responding to our theme of nature and nourishment. Join us in making functional, decorative, imaginative, and playful pieces for your home. We’ll explore the sensory and working with clay in different ways. No prior experience needed, just your imagination – it may get a bit messy!”


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.


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.

Covid-19 booster vaccines announced

It has been announced that a Covid-19 booster vaccine will be available from late September, for everyone aged 50 and over. A booster, essentially a top-up jab, will help people most at risk from the severe effects of Covid-19 maintain a high level of protection, especially as we come into winter. Early data from older people suggests that the protection provided by vaccines against severe Covid-19 decreases gradually over time.

The booster vaccine will be for those aged 50 and over who had both Covid-19 jabs at least six months ago. The Pfizer vaccine will be given in the booster programme, regardless of which vaccine someone received for their primary doses. Alternatively, a half dose of the Moderna vaccine may be offered.

Learn more >

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





This Weeks Activities 


20th September

Shared Reading for Carers – CCTH – 11am to 12 noon

21st September

Counselling Day for Carers – CCTH/Zoom – 10am to 5pm

The Tuesday Social Club – ZOOM – 2pm to 3.30pm

22nd September

Five Ways to Wellbeing – CCTH – 11am to 12 noon

Walking Wednesdays/Health Walks – CCTH/Outdoors -1pm to 2pm

Young Carers Group – 5.30pm to 7.30pm

23rd September

Arts & Craft Group – CCTH – 11.00am to 12.30pm

WeConnectCommunties Hub – CCTH – 2pm to 3pm

24th September

Healthy Eating & Nutrition for Carers – Change for Good – Zoom. – 11am to 12 noon

Creative Writing Group – Zoom -2pm to 3pm

Project: Sensory Sunday Art Activities
Activity Title: Artists living with dementia in Tower Hamlets
Led By: Melissa Fry – Engage Here
Activity Description: Join Melissa Fry, printmaker, and founder of Engage Here, for a free 6-week programme of multi-sensory creative activities for people living with dementia or mild-cognitive impairment.

Each workshop focuses on a different creative process and looks to stimulate each of the senses.

All top quality tools and materials will be provided each week.

The workshops will also include some light cognitive exercises and chances to
discuss and share with one another.

When (First series) : 12/09/21 19/09/21 26/09/21 03/10/21 10/10/21 15:30pm – 16:30pm
When (second series) : 31/10/21 07/11/21 14/11/21 21/11/21 28/11/21 15:30pm – 16:30pm

Duration: 1 Hour
To find out more: https://engage-here.co.uk/

Best way for someone to book in:
Follow the link below or email info@engagehere.co.uk




Coaching for unpaid carers

Coaching for Unpaid Carers next workshop will be on 5th October, people can join at 10.15 for 10.30 start and it finishes at 12.30pm:

Develop the confidence to change your life story

Do you ever find yourself wishing you were living a different life, but feeling trapped in your current one?

In this workshop we will look at how you can change the story of your life by

  • Thinking differently about it
  • Developing the confidence to change the patterns and habits that keep you trapped
  • Making positive choices based on your own needs and wishes

Come and join us to start re-writing your life story!

To register for this workshop, please click on the following link.


After registering, you will receive a personal confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please double check that you have entered the correct email address or you won’t receive the notifications you will need!

The People Participation Lead Research Team at East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) are carrying out a study into your experience of Advance Directives at ELFT.

An Advance Directive allows you to plan for any future crisis. It can be difficult to make decisions when you are in crisis, so the Advance Directive lets you record your decisions while you are well.

Advance Directive aims to help you establish decisions about future care that take effect when you cannot actively make decisions.

Further information is available from https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/legal-rights/mental-capacity-act-2005/advance-decisions/ and https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/rights-restrictions/rights-and-restrictions/planning-for-your-care-advance-statements-and-advance-decisions/ and https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng108

Before you decide if you would like to take part in this focus group, it is important for you to understand why the study is being undertaken, and what it will involve. We are exploring your experience of the development, accessibility and use of Advance Directives to find out if the person you care for has the desired support in developing one, and if they are being looked after according to their preferences.

If you have any further questions regarding this service evaluation focus group, or need some support to participate virtually, you can contact us on the following email address: doris.holloway@nhs.net. We can also arrange to call you back, if you prefer.

The Tower Hamlet Individual Placement Support (IPS) provides advice, information and support for people with mental health issues living in Tower Hamlet. We offer one to one support from a specialist employment advisor, who will help individuals to develop their career plan and access the job of their choice. Our Employment Specialists provide a free, individualised and confidential support service focused on supporting individuals with all Employment related needs

IPS is a programme that originated in the States in the 1990s, supporting people with mental health conditions. Currently, there’s no available data on how the IPS model impacts the substance misuse client group. In 2016, Dame Carol Black recommended the adoption of the IPS model in the UK

IPS is a work-only intervention, with paid employment being the sole outcome. Participants into sustained employment has led to a reduction in their substance misuse treatment and re-offending.

The service is for: Any person 18+, accessing GP or Mental health Treatment for substance misuse support in Tower Hamlet and Seeking employment support

To make a referral for yourself or someone you care for please contact

Ruhena Begum | IPS Employment Specialist   M: 07877685808   E: ruhena@bouncebackproject.com



COVID-19: Supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities

A guide to help family members and carers supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and autistic adults through the COVID-19 crisis.

Click link for information and advice



Museum of London

It’s always a joy to get in touch to tell you about what we have coming up and I’m really pleased to be able to share with you two events that we’d love to see you at. We’re back with our online ‘Time For A Cuppa’ on Wednesday 22nd September at 10.30am. This month join musician Liv McLennan as we go ‘Back to School’ in a fun, interactive musical session exploring playtimes, school dinners, sports days and more!

This event will take place online via zoom –everyone is welcome and you can book here (link also below) or by emailing me. I’ll send out the link and joining instructions a few days before the workshop. I can’t wait to see everyone!


Onsite workshop

I am also pleased to invite you to our first onsite workshop. I realise that you are not all local so this may not be applicable to you all – but for those of you who are Londoners I’d love to invite you to the Museum of London Docklands for Time Together on Thursday 30th September at 10.30am.  Led by theatre artist/storyteller Bernadette Russell we will delve into the stories contained in our powerful collections through storytelling and theatre. Ignite your creativity and enjoy companionship as we discover some of the secrets of the museum.

If you’d like to join us IN PERSON you can book here (link also below).


Both events are free.



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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