So today the wonderful NHS turns 73, she does not look bad for her age I think. What an incredible organisation, the envy of the world and many many countries try to emulate the NHS.
The coronavirus pandemic means the NHS has been through a year like no other. It has been an extremely challenging year for the NHS, and the country as a whole, but also a year of hope.
Hospitals have cared for around 400,000 seriously ill COVID-19 patients, including more than 100,000 admitted in January alone, along with millions more besides.
At the same time the NHS has rolled out the biggest vaccination programme in health service history, the fastest in Europe and most precise in the world.
The NHS could not have achieved all this without the skill and dedication of our people along with the support of thousands of returners, volunteers, other keyworkers and, of course, the public who played their part by following the social distancing rules.
The Carers Centre Tower Hamlets wants to say a big thank you to all the employees of the NHS and keep looking after us when we need you.
This week’s Activities
So this week we have our weekly Shared reading for Carers on Monday and every Monday 11am to 12 noon. So if you want to join a quiet group for an hour and listen to a story, poem, and a discussion about your thoughts, then this is the group for you.
Tuesday 6th July
Consultation of Health & Wellbeing Strategy – via zoom
As carers your health & wellbeing is paramount, with this in mind we want you to have your say. So come and join a Zoom group at 11am and hear what the Council has planned, contribute, and highlight your needs as a carers.
Tuesday Social Club
This weekly lively group is for carers to chat, share ideas and information, peer support each other and have fun putting the world to rights. This group is via Zoom from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Walking Wednesday’s – meet outside the Carers Centre at 1pm, walk to different places in Tower hamlets and have fun with your carer peers.
Taking Back Control – week 1
This group will focus on managing the emotional impact of caring for a loved one, with a long-term condition such as illness, disability, Dementia.
Subjects covered include:
- Managing stress, anxiety, and depression
- Managing frustration and anger
- Coping with role loss and managing grief
- Maintaining healthy lifestyles and good well-being
- Recognising the warning signs and symptoms
Arts & Crafts 11am to 12.30pm
Our new weekly group is for carers, cared for’s and children when they are on holiday, come learn a craft, start a new hobby, and take home your completed crafts and stun the family…
Nutrition, Motivation & Healthy Eating for Carers
We are announcing a new partnership with Change for Good to keep carers wellbeing the best it can be, and each session will take place every Friday for 12 weeks from Friday July 16th 11am to 12noon via Zoom.
This group aims to help carers learn about nutritional food, amazing recipe ideas, encourage walking and getting fitter, supporting and motivating each other to achieve personal goals.
Having the support of your peers is a strong way to keep up motivation, and this is central to the course. We want to bring people together in an encouraging and supportive group. Sharing your experiences and hearing inspirational stories from your peers is a good reminder that you are all on this journey together.
You can even do this with the person you care for if you want to.
Carers of people with a Mental Health issue Peer Support Group
The Carers Centre is teaming up with Mind Tower Hamlets to run a fortnightly group 11am to 1pm at the Carers Centre. So if you would like to join then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
From today, we have four new mobile testing units to support people without symptoms to get tested. The units will be at the following locations today & tomorrow:
- Shoreditch station
- Bethnal Green Gardens
- Victoria Park – by Pavilion Café
- White Horse Lane / Mile End Road junction.
It’s competition time: #myeastend
Have you ever caught a picture on your camera or smartphone that perfectly captures your local area? Whether it’s a sunrise over your neighbourhood or your favourite urban scene in the borough – your picture could win you a prize courtesy of Genesis cinema.
As well as scooping a pair of tickets to Genesis Cinema in Mile End, winning photos will be featured in the next edition of Our East End, on our social media channels, and in this e-newsletter.
Share your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tell us why you love the photo in your caption.
Don’t forget to mention @towerhamletsnow and #myeastend.
The closing date for entries is 8 August 2021.
New inclusive cycling programme
Residents with a physical disability, learning disability or mental health need are being encouraged to reconnect with outdoor activity as lockdown eases, through Bikeworks – a community social enterprise which provides free-to-access inclusive cycling at its All-Ability Club, as well as support for disabled people to progress onto roads. The east London sessions are hosted at Victoria Park and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park throughout the summer.
We Are Having A Picnic at Victoria Park
Thursday 22nd July 12 noon to 2pm
We wanted carers to have the opportunity to get together in a safe way, so we thought ‘how about a picnic’?
We can meet at Victoria Park at 12 noon at the Pavilion Café and then walk to a grass area.
Bring a blanket to sit on, bring something nice to eat and drink, you bring your kids and people you care for and we will bring water, fun and laughter..
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 email@example.com
Carers Academy Manager
Monday - Friday – 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed