Hello Everyone – December will be magic again

To quote my Favourite singer Kate Bush  ‘December will be magic again’.  I am mentioning this as November was pretty rough month for me and my loved ones we ended the month with flu, colds, falls and severe aches and pains.  Thankfully we are on the mend and hoping December will be a better month and magical.  I also know that many carers and their families have had a harder year than most and I wanted to say you are all amazing and keep going as you are integral to a better world.

As some of you know, I am a big kid and love Christmas and I really love everything about the seasonal month and I hope for some this applies to you.  For me I love mince pies, catching up with friends and loved ones, parties but as long as I am home early LOL, Christmas carols and the usual sing songs we have on the radio and of course the Christmas tree and food (Veggie in my case).

So I wanted to ask carers to send into me a special Christmas memory and if you are happy I would love to publish some of them so in the spirit of Christmas do your best and let us share some positive memories.

I will start ….

When I was a child, I lived in Germany and my Grandparents lived in Dorset but each year we would get a parcel sent over for Christmas and in that parcel my brother and I would receive a hand knitted jumper (I wish I had a jumper of that quality now), a tube of smarties and a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk (you did not have them in Germany in the 70’s) and to this day it is one of my favourite Christmas memories.

I would also welcome some great stories of carers memories of Eid and what do remember, that still makes you smile and do you pass on your memories with your children and family.

As I am writing this today I have my Christmas music playing, it has put a smile on my face.  If you have a story then email me on tony@ccth.org.uk

Don’t forget your physical wellbeing …  Weekly Ramble Group 12.30 to 1.30pm


World AIDS Day

Thursday 1 December 2022 marks the 34th World AIDS Day. Positive East, a local charity that supports people from point of HIV diagnoses to longer term care, will be offering HIV & STI tests in Stepney Green on Saturday 3 December from 11am-2pm. The service is fast, free and confidential and with a finger-prick of blood, anyone can find out their HIV status in the appointment.

It’s also PrEP Awareness Week (short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) which is a prevention to help protect from HIV. Find out more or book your HIV and STI tests.

Book a test >

Shop local this Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday falls on the 3 December this year, it is the annual UK-wide grassroots event that aims to support small businesses by encouraging consumers to shop locally.

With nine high streets and 10 street markets in Tower Hamlets, there are plenty of local small businesses to explore and support. This year, small business owners are calling for residents to consider shopping locally in support of the campaign.

Read more >

East London Mosque Health Fair

Next Friday 9 December, 11am to 5pm, you are invited to attend the East London Mosque Health Fair.

This is an opportunity to speak to health and wellbeing champions as well as access free flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. There will also be both Urdu and Bengali speakers there.

Flu and COVID-19 can be life-threatening and spread more easily in winter when we are crowded together inside. The best way to protect ourselves from these viruses is to get vaccinated. Other vaccine centres are also available by clicking the link below.

Vaccine sites >


So have a positive and lovely week, look after yourselves, so you can care for others.



What’s New …..


This Week’s Activities

Always Check out the  https://ccth.org.uk/new/calendar/   for fun, activities, workshops and treatments 

Don’t Forget to Get your Jabs – it makes sense to protect yourself so you can protect the person/s you care for……



The 50 + programme provides paid work experience and strives to remove barriers for long-term unemployed older residents which will allow them to gain access to the labour market. Additionally, participants will obtain necessary skills and confidence during work placements which is needed to overcome challenges upon returning to work.

The Open Day will take place on Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 10.30AM.

Location: Workpath, 55 Upper Bank Street, London, E14 5GR

This is a chance for candidates to meet employers and find out more information about the programme.

Key information:

  • 6 months paid placement including mandatory training
  • Salary: London Living Wage (£11.05ph)
  • Full-time and Part Time opportunities
  • Potential start date: Mid-February 2023

(Deadline to refer clients to the Open Day: Monday 28th November 2022)


  • Must be over the age of 50
  • Resident of Tower Hamlets
  • Registered to Workpath (willing to register if not already)

How to refer your clients to the 50 Plus Open Day? Please email 50plus@towerhamlets.gov.uk with details of the resident and I will contact the resident

Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 December – Would you like to help us do some planting in the moat at the Tower of London?

 We are looking for a maximum of 10 volunteers on each day to help 3 members of the HRP Gardens team do some planting in the moat, as part of the Superbloom legacy project. Refreshments will be provided but please be aware that we shall be planting outside, and it is quite physical work. We will provide tools and gloves, but you will need to wear tough, suitable footwear and clothing.

To learn more and to register your interest in volunteering, please email Jatinder.Kailey@hrp.org.uk by Monday 5 December with the date you would like to volunteer on.

Six new FOOD Stores to tackle poverty 

Six new food pantries are being launched by Tower Hamlets Council to tackle poverty and support residents through the cost of living crisis.

In partnership with national charity Family Action, the FOOD Store project aims to provide affordable quality food.

Find out more >

Support on offer for energy bills

All households are eligible for a £400 energy discount as part of the Energy Bills Support Scheme. The does not need to be repaid and will be given in monthly instalments until March 2023. If you pay by direct debit or directly, you will receive these discounts automatically.

If you use a prepayment meter, vouchers will be issued instead. If you have not received your vouchers, contact your energy provider.

Some households can get £150 off their energy bills under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. You will need to check if you are eligible.

All residents in receipt of state pension will automatically receive a Winter Fuel Payment between £250 and £600 to help with heating costs.

Find out more >




Important Numbers:

Domestic Violence Duty Line:  020 7364 4986 between 9am – 5pm.Victim Support:  020 7364 2448/7957

Tower Hamlets Connect/Adult Social Care : 0300 303 6070

When you have some minutes spare, you want to stay cool and listen to my soothing voice….

Listen to the Carers Ignite PODCAST – New One Coming Soon 

Why not listen to The Carers Centre Podcast –  This is our first podcast and we are pleased with it.  A couple of carers approached me to ask if we could broaden our social media and develop a podcast for carers, made by carers and supported by the centre.  We approached Graham our Chief Exec and he was all for it and gave the green light and thanks to Chandrika and her producer skills and the wonderful Lloyd who is the co-host with myself we developed our first podcast.

We discuss being a male carer, barriers to men seeking support, carers wellbeing while having a laugh and fun.  We will be producing further podcasts and welcome stories/themes and guests to email me tony@ccth.org.uk

Carers Ignite Podcast


Launch of Somali National Helpline 0800 6102020

Better Safe Communities are pleased to inform you of the launch of the first historic Somali National Helpline, sponsored by the local businesses up and down the country and in regards to poor service provisions of UK public services for Somali communities nationally.

The Helpline was founded by Khadra Hersi, a student of London Met University. It is aimed at the Somali community, helping with language barriers, immigration, and mental health issues due to war in their country. The Somali National Helpline are a service that uses professionals to support people overcome issues they are facing. They exist to support individuals with language matters, mental health issues, and beneficiaries to solve their problems. They also provide translating and interpreting services. They are here to support and advocate for many problems faced within the Somali community such as young adults suffering from knife crime, and elderly people who feel isolated and lonely due to language barriers.


Why do you need a Lasting Power of Attorney? 

Does the person you look after making their own decisions but want help managing their money? Maybe they can make their own decisions now but want an arrangement in case they can’t in the future. Without a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) your family may need to go to Court. This can cause lots of hassle, delay, and expense. 

There are 2 types of Lasting Power of Attorney; finances & property matters and decisions about health and care. 

Why should you do it now? 

  • 1 in 3 of us will suffer dementia
  • Many of us will retain mental capacity, but will physically struggle to manage our affairs at some point in our life
  • Being married or asking your chosen person to act for you is not enough – you need to legally give them the power to help you
  • If you leave making your Power of Attorney until you need it, it will be too late.


Carers Centre Partners 

The Carers Centre Tower Hamlets is pleased to work in partnership with respected Law firms to provide carers with affordable support with LPA.  

 Jones Whyte are a Glasgow based multi award winning Solicitor firm and the reigning Law Firm of the Year 2021 

  • They prepare thousands of Powers of Attorney every year 
  • Have partnerships with many major national charities
  • They offer competitive Power of Attorney fees £349 + vat

Carers Centre staff can refer you, or you can contact them yourself on 0330 175 1234 or email appointments@joneswhyte.co.uk 

You can find our more about Jones Whyte here Power of Attorney – Solicitors Glasgow | Jones Whyte Law 


Duncan Lewis Solicitors – “We believe in access to justice for the most vulnerable in society and do everything we can to ensure legal advice and support is available for those who need it most”.  

Duncan Lewis Solicitors are a national firm with offices locally. 

  • They prepare thousands of Powers of Attorney every year
  • They are available for face-to-face appointments at their local office (1 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, Hackney, London, E8 2JS) or surgeries at the Carers Centre if requested 
  • They offer competitive Power of Attorney fees £350 + vat


Carers Centre staff can refer you, contact us on 0207 790 1765 or at enquiries@ccth.org.uk 

You can find out more about Duncan Lewis here https://www.duncanlewis.co.uk 

 Most solicitor firms support with LPA and carers are under no obligation to use either firm listed above and are free to seek support from any firm they choose. 


What is I do not want to pay for support with LPA? 

We also provide workshops and information for those who want to set up an LPA themselves, many people set up LPA without legal support. You can check our Calendar or give us a call for updates on our latest workshops. 

You can also see the information links below for information. 

Different ways to manage someone’s affairs  

Make, register or end LPA 

Call us on 0207 790 1765 or email enquiries@ccth.org.uk to find out more about LPA. 


A carers guide to home fire safety

A new video resource has been launched on the London Fire Brigade website to help carers learn how to keep people that receive care safe from fire.

Sadly, around one third of those here who die or are severely injured by fire are in receipt of some form of care or support. If you are a formal (domiciliary care worker, support worker or clinician) or informal carer (family member, friend or neighbour) and are caring for someone in their own home, this new resource will help you identify fire risks and show you what you can do to reduce them. There is also more information available on the website around fire safety and prevention.

Watch the video >






1) Plan Your Route

Make sure you plan your route ahead of time. If you are walking in an area you are not familiar with, this can help keep you from getting lost. You will be able to walk with confidence. If you do get lost, don’t wander aimlessly, find a gas station, supermarket, or fast-food restaurant where you can ask for directions.

2) Make Sure Someone Else Knows Your Plans

Don’t go out when it is dark without telling someone, even if you are just taking the dogs out for a walk around your neighbourhood or walking home from a friend’s house nearby. It may seem paranoid, but in fact, knowing someone knows where you are can be reassuring and help you feel safe. If you fall and hurt yourself or run into trouble, and someone knows where you are, they can send help if you don’t arrive at your destination on time.

3) Always Carry Your Phone with You

Always carry your phone, but not for music or to make social calls as your walk. Your phone can be a lifeline if you see something suspicious or worse if something happens to you. Download a safety app on your phone, so you’ll be able to discreetly alert the authorities if you feel threatened or see something suspicious.

4) Avoid Suspicious People and Areas

Areas that are dark, deserted, or out-of-the-way, such as an alley or a parking lot, can be riskier than a well-lit area full of people. Stick to busy, lighted paths, to minimize the risks. Also, walk mainly in familiar places where you are known. That way, if you feel like a suspicious person is following you, you can always duck into a store you know or knock on a neighbour’s door. Avoid empty streets and pathways with thick shrubbery.

5) Keep Your Hands Free

Except for a flashlight and one of the items discussed below, keep your hands free. If you are carrying anything, put it all in one bag or backpack. This will make it easier for you to react if you notice someone following you. In a dangerous situation, carrying too many bags can keep you from moving as quickly as you can if your hands are free or if you only have one bag.

6) Carry a Non-Violent Deterrent

In addition to a flashlight, carry a non-violent deterrent such as a whistle, mace, or pepper spray. A whistle will help you alert others and call them to aid you if something is wrong. The loud noise may put off attackers, and they’ll move on to find someone else. Mace or pepper spray can give you enough time to evade a potential attacker, and in a pinch, a flashlight can be used as a weapon. Make sure you know how to use the mace or pepper spray to get its full effect.

7) Wear Reflective Clothing to Prevent Accidents

When it comes to personal safety, it’s not just about suspicious people. Areas with low visibility can be prone to accidents. Reflective clothing allows bikers and cars to see you as you walk along. A flashlight or headlight can also help drivers see you if there are dark stretches of road on your route.

8) Take a Self-Defence Class

When fighting off something as an assault, the element of surprise can work in your favour. If you regularly walk alone, take a self-defence class. You don’t have to become a black belt. In fact, it’s probably better to learn something like Krav Maga, which has been popular for self-defence. The idea is to disable your attacker enough for you to get to safety, and a class focused on self-defence will help give you those survival skills.

9) Remove Any Distractions

Keep your phone in your hand in case you need to hit the panic button on your safety app, but don’t let it distract you. When walking alone at night for exercise, music can be motivating and energizing but also distracting. You may not hear someone driving or walking up behind you. Avoid wearing headphones or talking on your phone as you walk.

10) Trust Your Gut

When walking alone at night, trust your gut. If you feel like an area or situation may be dangerous, don’t wait around to find out. Stop and scan your surroundings if you think someone is following you. If you are being followed, walk as quickly as you can to a well-lit public place. You can wait until you feel safe, or call a friend, a taxi, or an Uber to help you get safely get home at night.

Following these personal safety tips will help keep you stay safe when walking alone. Always be aware of where you are and alert to suspicious activity.



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21 Brayford Square
London, E1 0SG

020 7790 1765


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

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