Hello Everyone

So today is the Autumn Equinox and it has deep spiritual meaning.  So as you can imagine I have had a google research and here are some menaings and answers..

“We are the only true experts on our journey to enlightenment. Filter all information through your own heart.”  I thought this was an interesting quote and I would like to encourage carers to enjoy the remaining warmer days and you can do this by joining our weekly Walking Wednesday’s.

As the sun begins to sink lower in the sky and the night becomes chilly and dark, before we even notice the changing of colors with our eyes, our senses tell us that the energy of summer has come to an end in the northern half of the world.

The Autumn Equinox is a meaningful time of year to honor the harvest. Whether that be a “real” harvest of the things planted in your garden or the harvest of efforts and intentions for your life path that you set earlier in the year.

The changing seasons are key points in the cycle of life in nature, and within this cycle many ancient cultures perceived a powerful deeper message for humanity.

Indigenous cultures recognized earth-based wisdom and understood that the four focal points of the year: the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox; illuminated stages of an inner spiritual journey – a spiritual cycle that the individual takes within themselves.

The autumn equinox arrives on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The exact time of the fall equinox varies by time zone in North America, those living in the eastern time zone will experience the equinox at 3:21pm eastern daylight savings time and for those of us living in central Europe the time will be 9:21pm, officially marking the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and 12-hour night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year. On the equinox we honor the balance and interaction of the light and the dark, and we may feel gratitude for the changes that come with the passing of time.

As we consciously link our awareness to the cycles of Nature, our understanding of our own cycles begin to deepen.


Final reminder – 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.

Tower Hamlets has launched the consultation on the new Adult Social Care Strategy, which is open now until 31 October.  The strategy has been informed by discussions with people who need social care, unpaid carers, providers and staff (including the carers forum).

The link is:

Adult Social Care Strategy 2021 | Let’s Talk Tower Hamlets

There are also able to provide hard copies if needed


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

Proud to Care Rewards

The Proud to Care Rewards Scheme is a scheme led on by London ADASS that will help improve the lives of social care workers and unpaid carers and to say a big thank you for their continued hard work.  Whether it’s for birthdays, weddings, engagements or more, the scheme has offers to help you treat others and save some money to treat yourself.

The scheme is free to register and offers a range of discounts that can be applied to your purchases helping to lighten the load. We encourage all unpaid carers to sign up to the scheme on the registration page: www.proudtocarerewards.co.uk Please ensure to enter the Scheme ID Number: 7827

 If you would like to find out more about the scheme, please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRbI0QqQkqPyzgIXfbwQkkw




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


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






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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Saturday and Sunday – Closed

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