Hello Everyone

I wanted to start today’s blog by saying Rest in Peace, Captain Sir Tom Moore.  It was wonderful to live to the ripe old age of 100, it seems he had a full, adventurous life and of course raising that incredible £40 million pounds for the well-deserved NHS.

Of course unpaid carers are often called the second NHS and I genuinely believe that you are the backbone of society that keeps us all going.  It is certainly the case this last year.

However, if you are feeling anxious, stressed due to your caring role and the continued lockdown is having a negative impact on your Mental wellbeing then we have a group session hosted by Talking Therapies to help you manage your health, learn coping strategies. Book now for the for the 8th February at 2pm – email  tony@ccth.org.uk.

If you are worried that you might develop Diabetes, or the person you care for may then we have a workshop later in February hosted by Diabetes UK.  This workshop informs you what Diabetes is, ways to avoid and manage your Diabetes.  Book now for the 22nd February at 2pm – email  tony@ccth.org.uk.

Carers Forum 9th February 2021


Next week’s Carers Forum will have a presentation on Tower Hamlet’s Learning Disability Strategy.

The Learning Disability Strategy identifies 6 main outcomes that are important to people with a learning disability and their Carers:

  1. Be happy and healthy,
  2. Live locally,
  3. Be part of the community and involved in local activities,
  4. Work and volunteering,
  5. Have choice and the right support,
  6. Be respected and safe.

The Council is looking at the day centre activities it buys to make sure that the services are delivering these six outcomes. What the services should do (the specification) has been drafted. The Council wants to make sure that that it is on the right lines and hasn’t missed anything out that is important to Carers. Caroline from the Commissioning Team will be talking us through this specification at the Carers Forum to get our feedback.

If you are a carer of someone with a Learning Disability, have a member or friend with a Learning Disability or just interested in having your say then email tony@ccth.org.uk to secure your invite.

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Vaccine News

Don’t forget to get your Jab!!!

We hope your vaccinations are going well and you are taking them up when they are offered.

Do not forget to register at your GP’s as a carer so that when the vaccination programme moves to Priority Group 6, then carers should be offered the vaccine.

Rapid Covid-19 tests are one of the tools being used to help to detect and fight Covid-19. Research shows that one in three people who have Covid-19 never show any symptoms, but that does not mean they are not infectious. These tests can help identify people with high levels of virus who do not have symptoms.

Rapid Covid-19 tests are available to all Tower Hamlets residents and there are a number of sites across the borough where you can obtain a test.

Current test sites include:

  • The Ecology Pavilion (walk in, no appointment necessary)
  • Burcham Street Community Centre (by appointment)

However more sites are being added. You can find up to date details of these test sites, as well as how to access them at the link below


The rapid Covid-19 tests are also known as Lateral Flow Tests and results are normally available within one hour.

Anyone who tests positive through a rapid test will need to self-isolate and will be contacted to provide contact tracing information. Other support will also be available including self-isolation payments.

Watch a new training video designed to help strengthen emotional resilience during the pandemic

Thrive LDN has teamed up with Dr Radha Modgil, NHS GP, broadcaster and campaigner for wellbeing, alongside a range of Londoners, to develop a 20 minute training video on emotional resilience.

In this short training video, you can learn more about resilience and get lots of practical ideas and inspiration about how you can strengthen your own ability to adapt well to stressful circumstances.

We are living through huge uncertainty which is why it has never been more important for us to take care of our mental health to deal with and adapt to these challenges.

Making small changes can make a big difference and can help you to effectively build emotional resilience. We hope that you can find just one or two simple strategies and ideas that will work for you.

Click Below to watch video and learn more

It is perfectly normal to feel upset, anxious or confused at times. Whatever you are feeling is valid.

Support is available through a range of free resources and online tools to help you cope and stay mentally well. If you need urgent help or feel more comfortable talking to someone you don’t know, then use one of the following helplines.


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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