So it’s a scorcher today and it is going to be all weekend. Personally, I am not a fan of the hot weather, so I’ll be staying indoors (will I notice the difference). As always, I am sending out the message be safe, keep hydrated, keep cool if possible, look after the elderly and vulnerable as well as your pets.
If you want to send me any photo’s that you are happy to be in next weeks blog of your weekend, sunning yourselves or hiding indoors I would love to see them.
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Get ready for hot weather
Temperatures are set to soar in London from now until Sunday and are expected to exceed 30 degrees on Friday and Saturday.
While many people enjoy the hot weather, high temperatures can lead to serious health consequences, especially for people in vulnerable groups. There’s also an extra challenge of keeping cool indoors for those who are staying home more than usual as a result of the pandemic.
The NHS advises that you should:
- Stay out of the heat between 11am and 3pm, when temperatures will be hottest.
- Cool yourself down by having plenty of cold drinks, wearing loose clothes or taking a cool shower or bath.
- Look out for others who may be more vulnerable in the hot weather. Please ensure you are doing this safely and following Covid-19 guidance, including maintaining a safe distance. If someone is unwell, call a doctor as they could be suffering from heatstroke.
- Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day – mix up your routine by exercising early in the morning or later in the evening if it’s a little cooler.
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
We also want you to enjoy the sunshine safely and responsibly:
- Do not swim in the Shadwell Basin – it is prohibited and extremely dangerous.
- Enjoy our parks – but protect yourself from the sun, stay hydrated and put your litter in a bin or take it home with you, do not toss it on the floor.
Next week’s Events
Carers Group for someone with a Kidney Condition 11am to 12.30pm
A peer support meeting for those carers that look after someone with kidney conditions. A chance for you to meet other carers that are in the same situation as you, share experiences and advice and support each other on common issues
Carers Forum 2pm to 3.30pm
This monthly forum invites organisations and speakers to come discuss different topics that can inform carers on a range of services that will hopefully enhance the caring role.
Presentations by Public Health – Test & Trace/People Plus – Direct Payments
Aspire Wk. 1 – 2.30 to 3.45pm – Are you looking to work or volunteer?
In partnership with Limehouse Project we are delivering a condensed 2 week Aspire Course which will cover the following topics:
- Motivation & Confidence
- Time Management
- Communication Skills
- Skills Audit and Career Planning
This will then be followed by quarterly reviews to provide ongoing support with employability skills and various other training offered by LHP and Carers Centre.
Young Carers Group 5pm to 7pm
Weekly group for our young carers supported by our young carer’s worker.
Food support for families over Summer
Healthy Holidays – food available
From Monday 3 August to Friday 28 August only prepared meals will be available. Families will also be able to collect activity packs full of ideas, advice and inspiration to keep you active and eating well this Summer (electronic version below).
To receive your food, simply turn up at one of the centres below, and you’ll be asked to register before you collect your food.
Priority will be given to those receiving Free School Meals, and families with school-aged children that need food.
Where and when
We have made a booklet full of ideas, advice, and inspiration to keep you active and eating well this Summer. You can download it here.
Park playgrounds and outdoor gyms are open
We’re pleased to let you know our playgrounds and outdoor gyms are now open following our annual safety inspections, with the exception of Bartlett Park in Poplar and Mile End Children’s Play Park.
We hope families and children enjoy getting back out for playtime! Please follow the safety advice when using the playgrounds and equipment and support your children to do the same.
Play your part, cover up
When you are out and about, please make sure you continue to follow the government’s Covid-19 guidance.
While it might be slightly less comfortable in hot weather, it’s vital you wear a face covering when required. This includes on public transport, in shops and while visiting a hospital, and from Saturday 8 August the list of places where you’ll need to wear a face covering will grow. It will include cinemas, places of worship, museums, salons, libraries, community centres and many other indoor public spaces and venues. Please check the latest advice to ensure you’re playing your part to prevent the spread of the virus.
Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds as soon as you get home and maintaining social distancing when you’re out are both still crucial. Read more about what you can and cannot do.
Book a Covid-19 test if you have symptoms
NHS Test and Trace is a national programme working to make sure that anyone who develops Covid-19 symptoms can be tested quickly. It also helps trace recent contacts of anyone who tests positive and if necessary, notify them so that they can stay at home and help stop the spread of the virus.
It is an essential feature of efforts to keep Tower Hamlets safe and drive down the rates of infection and transmission.
Mobile testing units are operating in the borough and are another way to get tested, alongside ordering a home testing kit. The next mobile testing dates are 7,13 and 16 August.
If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please book a test immediately.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers Academy Manager
Monday - Friday – 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed