Hello Everyone

I have been up all night with a bad stomach, I am tired and feel really off.  This got me thinking ‘how do carers manage caring when they feel ill’? Do you rely on family if they are free to help?  Neighbours and friends must play an integral and important part of a carers life, when needed in an emergency or as I suspect in most cases you just have to get on with it and muddle through.  So to finish this week as I like to do with a shout out to all you carers and a huge thank you for the amazing gift of support and love you give to your family and friends and we could not as a borough or country do without you.

I want to send a big hug to the carers this week who have had a hard one, dealing with medical professionals, trying to get diagnosis for their boy, getting professionals  to acknowledge that their cared for does need increased support and so do they, making sure their loved ones are safe and protected.  This is just a week in the life of some carers I know and have had contact with, let alone the carers who struggle on without reaching out.

So in that vein, I am emphasising that the Carers Centre is here to help, support, signpost and advocate when you need us.  Don’t let things get on top of you, reach out to us and we will try our best to do you proud.


REMINDER – CREATE – We are doing CERAMICS – Starts Tuesday 28th September 11am to 1pm – There are still two places available so if you are interested then please let me know and book your 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.

An update on serious incidents

Last week, following a number of violent incidents in Tower Hamlets, the council convened a meeting of the borough’s Tension Monitoring Group (TMG).

We know violent incidents have an impact on our community, so the TMG brings together community leaders and partners to provide information, support and reassurance, and to reduce any emerging tensions. Following the meeting the TMG published a statement for residents and partners.

Tragically this week there was another murder in the borough, the second in recent weeks. To provide further reassurance the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has released a statement for the community.

Read the full statement >


Great News!!!

We have ESOL Classes starting on the 8th October and then every Friday 12.30pm to 2.30pm , we are providing a prayer space for students if required and we welcome any carer who wishes to improve their English.  Learn how to talk to your Social Worker, GP, advocate for your loved one, talk to other carers and the world is your oyster…

if interested then email tony@ccth.org.uk


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





Next  Weeks Activities 


27th September

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

28th September

CREATE – Ceramics – 11am to 1pm – CCTH

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

29th September

Carers of People with Dementia Peer Support Group – Zoom – 10.30am to 11.30am

Walking Wednesday’s – CCTH/Outdoor – 1pm to 2pm

Young Adult Carers Group – CCTH – 5.30pm to 7.30pm

30th September

Centre Closed – Staff Training




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 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

Our Next Carers Mental Health Programme with Talking Therapies is

Self-Care does not equal neglecting others – Carers & Mental Health Programme – with Talking Therapies Monday 4th October 2pm to 3.15pm – Carers Centre & Zoom 

Self-care is key when in a caring role. It is common that there are feelings of guilt associated with self-care and we may feel we are neglecting others. This workshop will emphasize the importance of self-care and look specifically at common reactions everyone may have received from their cared-for person when taking time out for self-care.

Please book your place as we are trialling a in person and zoom session combined.



To mark World Mental Health Day 2021, Thrive LDN and the Mayor of London’s Peer Outreach Team are hosting a series of live music performances, workshops and panel discussions.

Under the theme Never Alone LDN, join a range of activities that take a look at how young Londoners can come together to overcome the challenges we face, and reflect on the experiences of young Londoners during the pandemic.


Four free-to-attend events are being held at east London’s Rich Mix. All events are being filmed, and turned into a highlights film to be played at Rich Mix on World Mental Health Day, as well as broadcast via our website and YouTube channel.

Don’t miss out, register today.

All tickets are FREE, and whilst the topics are designed to discuss issues affecting young Londoners in particular, the event is open to all ages.

Help us spread the word by resharing Thrive LDN’s posts on any of the social channels below.

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 week’s to find out about Covid-19 rates in Tower Hamlets, vaccinations for 12 to 15 year-olds through schools, and changes in travel advice and travel related testing.

Read the update >

Young people aged 12 to 15 to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine

All young people aged 12 to 15 will now be offered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers. They will be delivered through school settings with extra sessions elsewhere for those not in mainstream schools.

Locally, we are working closely with young people, schools and community groups to provide advice and information and ensure people have the opportunity to make an informed decision about vaccinating their 12 to 15 year olds. More information will be communicated directly to families about the school Covid-19 vaccination offer.

Read more >


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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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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