Hello Everyone

So like many carers who I have listened to, advocated for and just been there to provide a shoulder when carers are so frustrated, I have a battle on my hands where they want my Mum out of hospital regardless of my Dad’s own carer needs, health needs and supporting family needs due to family, work.  I do not know how you do it, oh yes I do you come to the centre for help LOL…
I am trying to get them to understand that my Mum is saying whatever they want to hear as she does not want to be there.  This is of course completely understandable and no ones to be in hospital if they can help it..
My Mum does not realise that my Dad is 83 with his own health conditions and is unable to provide the support she needs,  She says she will have a care package but I know that this will last five minutes and the onus will fall back on my Dad, I do think Mum is clouded where this concerned and I really am concerned that this will become a safeguarding issue.  On a lighter note I am on leave this afternoon, I am picking up Dad and we off to visit my Mum in Darenth Valley Hospital or as my Dad calls it Death Valley..  Wish me luck as I advocate for the both of them.  It is weird doing this on a personal basis instead professionally but I am grateful for all the practice LOL.
Just wanted to say what a great morning we had yesterday, with the wonderful community artists from St Margaret’s House and the high attendance from you brilliant carers, lovely to see some new faces and I do think that the community project on being a carer will have real impact from all the carer input.
Don’t forget to get vaccinated, have your booster and flu jab – you and your loved ones deserve to be safer ……..


So highlights for next week…. 

CREATE – Sculpture Course – Monday’s 11am to 1pm – there are still some places left 

Following on from the great success of the pottery course we are now offering carers a course on Sculpture.  Each week as a group you will learn different sculpturing techniques, learn to make decorative pieces and most importantly have some mental respite by using your hands and of course the obligatory fun.  Carers have reported they love the hands-on sessions and want more and more….

Peer support group for carers of someone with Autism, Learning Disability, Physical Disability and/or behaviours that challenge. Wednesday 9th February @ 11am to 1pm

The group is in partnership with Carers Centre Tower Hamlets, Community Learning Disability Service, Autism Service Tower Hamlets and CREATE Day Centre and each month there will be representatives from the partner organisation on hand to give advice.  Most importantly your peers will be on hand to swap tips, give advice and welcome you into their caring presence. Please email tony so that he can arrange for this to happen, there will also be a Bengali interpreter.  So come and enjoy the shared experience of peer support….


Walking Thursdays 1pm to 2pm

Did you know the health benefits of walking are …

increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness. reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes. stronger bones and improved balance.

Come and join the group and have some fun.

Next Weeks Activities



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.


New vaccine centre at Raines House

As part of ongoing efforts to support Covid-19 vaccination, we’ve worked together with our partners to make one of the borough’s community hubs, Raines House, a new vaccination site.

Raines House in Wapping is an important addition to the already significant vaccine offering in the borough and can currently vaccinate anyone aged 16 and over.

Get your vaccine locally >

New cancer services launch in Tower Hamlets

Friday 4 February is World Cancer Day and we support its message in ensuring everyone has access to life-saving diagnosis, treatment and care – no matter where you live, your income, your ethnicity or gender.

Two new services have been launched under the Tower Hamlets Macmillan Local Authority Partnership Programme to improve personalised care and support for people affected by cancer. These new services will enable care closer to home, better transition support, joint assessment and care planning, and improved experiences and outcomes for both cancer patients and their carers.

Read more >

Free half-term fun

Visit our award winning parks for lots of free, fun family activities this half term, from 14 to 18 February.

From a scavenger hunt to arts and crafts, birdbox building, pizza making, pond dipping and more – there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Places are limited, so book early.

What’s on >

Carers UK have launched a new survey on cost of living crisis.

To better understand how carers are managing their finances, and how they anticipate their financial situations changing over the next year, we have launched a new survey to build a picture of the impact of the increases in cost of living on carers and the people they care for.

We know from our State of Caring 2021 survey that many carers were extremely worried about their finances and how they are going to manage over the year. We are also very concerned that price increases and increases in energy bills may have put carers’ finances under even more pressure. We were already campaigning for better financial support for carers, but we want to use carers’ recent experiences to campaign for urgent support.

You can access the survey here: surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VTY7VC8

The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and will close on 10 February. We are so grateful to each and every person who takes the time to complete the survey,

Carers UK have launched new resources for carers about Disability-Related Expenditure.

If you care for someone with a disability or a medical condition, there may be extra costs involved in helping them manage this. These are called disability-related expenses (DRE)*. Carers can claim help from their Local Authority regarding their DRE, but this is not always known about or widely shared, and it can be complex to submit a claim.

That’s why, to help carers better understand what disability-related benefits are, including whether they are entitled to support, and how to make a claim, Carers UK have recently launched some new resources. 

Please share these resources with any carers or carers’ networks that you are in contact with to make sure that all carers are receiving the support they need. This is particularly important currently, as we’ve heard from carers that bills for care are going up and we’ve done this work to help carers understand how they can look at the care bills for the person they care for.

You can find out more here.

*The Care Act statutory guidance in England states that local authorities must leave carers with enough money ‘to pay for necessary disability-related expenditure  to meet needs which are not being met by the local authority’. For example, if a carer is receiving a certain benefit (i.e. Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance), when carrying out a financial review, the local authority should check whether adequate money is left over after their general needs are met to cover any other additional DRE they have.



Sign up for our apprenticeship info sessions

National Apprenticeship Week starts on Monday and we’re partnering with New City College to host two virtual information sessions for people living or working in Tower Hamlets next week.

If you live in the borough, sign up for the session on Wednesday 9 February at 2pm to get advice and guidance about the first steps into apprenticeships and tips on how to secure your dream vacancy.

Register now >


There’s still time to apply for paid work experience

Our Kickstart scheme has successfully provided job opportunities to young people across the borough giving them six months paid work experience to improve their chances of finding a permanent job.

We still have 200 vacancies remaining with the scheme closing on Monday 28 February.

Find a role >


Check out a new free course that has just been launched that focuses on carer wellbeing. It is called ‘Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role’ and has been kindly endorsed by the Carers Trust. The course is 6 hours in length and learners can achieve a ‘badge’ on completion of the end quiz, and this can be added on a CV to evidence their learning/continuous professional development. We hope that it will be helpful to those working with carers, including carer centre staff, those supporting carers less formally and importantly carers themselves!



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




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.



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.


Important Numbers:

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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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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