Hello Everyone

How are you all doing today, and I hope your Bank Holiday was a good one? I wanted to discuss carers attending our activities and why some carers seem to not to engage.  Is there a problem of finding time or do you need to develop your digital skills?

I would love to hear from carers as we have a really exciting monthly timetable with amazing activities planned for the rest of the year.  Do get in touch with me anytime to discuss the timetable and what activities you would like to join in…

For instance we have started – A Radio Play where carers can join a group and have fun playing games which ultimately helps you develop the radio play, and we need more carers to make it work better.  So come and join in and have some fun, if you would like to know more then email: tony@ccth.org.uk


Covid-19 Surge Testing

Public Health Tower Hamlets is letting you know about a small number of cases that have been identified as Covid-19 variants of concern in the borough. Public Health England have informed us that these cases have been linked to the Brazil and South Africa Covid-19 variants.

This situation has happened in a lot of areas across the country and is managed by making extra testing available to test people who don’t have symptoms. People who test positive must self-isolate for 10 days to help control the spread of the virus.

In order to help identify and contain the spread of the variant, LBTH are offering increased testing to all people over the age of 11 years who live, work, play or study in the Bethnal Green, Stepney Green, St Peters and St Dunstan’s wards (Postcode areas: E1 4** and E1 3** postcode areas and some of E1 0**, E1 1**, E1 2**, E1 5**, E14 7**, E2 0**, E2 6**, E3 4**). People can check if they are in this area by clicking the link below and entering their postcode.

The following mobile testing venue has been set up. This is a walk-in facility for testing. No appointment is needed.

  • Outside Gouldman House, Cephas Street, E1 4HQ from Sunday 2 May, 12midday to 8pm
  • Corner of Mile End Road and White Horse Lane between 10.30 – 5.00pm.

LBTH are also strongly encouraging people to test themselves at home. PCR home testing tests are available for collection and return at the sites below from 12pm to 6pm.

  • Bethnal Green Gardens, off Cambridge Heath Road, immediately in front of Bethnal Green Library, E2 0HL.
  • Anchor Retail Park (Asda supermarket), 123 Mile End Rd, Stepney Green, London E1 4UJ, opposite the turning for Stepney Green.
  • Corner of Redmans Road and Stepney Green Park, (near the AstroTurf), E1 3NG.
  • Tramshed Community Hub on Digby Street, E2 0LS (behind Albert Jacob House).

They are asking people to take up this additional testing offer even if they have had the vaccine or have recently been tested.


I hope you’re having a really good week! I’m getting in touch to let you know that we will be running one of our popular Time For A Cuppa sessions in May, led by our wonderful artist, Luke Saydon.

It will take place on Wednesday 19th May from 10.30am – 11.30am. Please do click on the link below to book and/or share with your users. We really can’t WAIT to see everyone again! If you are able to send these details to anyone you think would like to join us I’d very much appreciate it J

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=268808&s=true&day=1606352400

If you have any trouble booking on then you can also get in contact directly with me and I will happily help you.

Survey

Also – if you haven’t – I’d really appreciate you completing this survey for me so that I can start to plan the programme going forward. Just click on the link – to should take approx. 2 minutes to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/collect/?sm=8FKNF8YLtP8ocEnXQnweADODFThu5MudS69UUT09_2Fd90mNptH45m4stuzd1lyRbC


Help is available if you are not OK

Things can feel very hard at times. Support is available for whatever you are going through, there is hope and you are not alone.

In London, there are a range of free resources, online tools, and helplines available to help you cope and stay mentally healthy. These sit alongside non-urgent NHS psychological treatments, such as talking therapies, if you need further professional support to help you cope with mental and emotional problems.

hings can feel very hard at times. Support is available for whatever you are going through, there is hope and you are not alone.

In London, there are a range of free resources, online tools, and helplines available to help you cope and stay mentally healthy. These sit alongside non-urgent NHS psychological treatments, such as talking therapies, if you need further professional support to help you cope with mental and emotional problems.

Helplines

Many of us might be feeling unsafe, vulnerable, alone or unable to cope with grief or loss. The following helplines are free and confidential:

Samaritans: 116 123
Whatever problems you are facing Samaritans are there to listen.

SHOUT: Text Shout to 85258
Text service for support with any mental health concern (it will not show up on your bill).

CRUSE: 0808 808 1677
Support and advice if you are grieving or dealing with bereavement and loss of a loved one.

Switchboard helpline: 0300 330 0630
The LGBT+ helpline is open daily from 10am-10pm.

Looking out for friends and colleagues
It might feel more difficult to mention to someone that you’re worried about them, but now more than ever we need to keep our connections strong.

If you’re worried about someone, The Samaritans has a range of resources to help get the conversation started.


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

Get in touch

The Carers Centre
21 Brayford Square
London, E1 0SG

020 7790 1765

enquiries@ccth.org.uk

Opening hours

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

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