Hello Everyone – It is going to be a hot one so, take care of you and your loved ones
Just wanted to highlight that from today for a few days it is going to hot, humid and possible thunderstorms. This can have effect on vulnerable people with health conditions, so check out advice below:
Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather
Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot, there are health risks. During heatwaves, more people than usual get seriously ill or die. If hot weather hits this summer, make sure it does not harm you or anyone you know.
Why is a heatwave a problem?
The main risks posed by a heatwave are:
Who’s most at risk?
A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:
- older people – especially those over 75 and female
- those who live on their own or in a care home
- people who have a serious or long-term illness including heart or lung conditions, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease or some mental health conditions
- people who are on multiple medicines that may make them more likely to be badly affected by hot weather
- those who may find it hard to keep cool – babies and the very young, the bed bound, those with drug or alcohol addictions or with Alzheimer’s disease
- people who spend a lot of time outside or in hot places – those who live in a top-floor flat, the homeless or those whose jobs are outside
Tips for coping in hot weather
Keep out of the heat if you can. If you have to go outside, stay in the shade especially between 11am and 3pm, wear sunscreen, a hat and light clothes, and avoid exercise or activity that makes you hotter.
Cool yourself down. Have cold food and drinks, avoid alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks, and have a cool shower or put cool water on your skin or clothes.
Keep your living space cool. Close windows during the day and open them at night when the temperature outside has gone down. Electric fans can help if the temperature is below 35 degrees. Check the temperature of rooms, especially where people at higher risk live and sleep.
For more information visit GOV.UK: Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather.
Don’t forget that the activities we run are aimed at giving carers a chance for emotional respite, enabling connection with others so you do not feel alone and giving carers the chance to have fun, relax and be in the moment.
Next Week’s Activities
There’s just over two weeks to go before the start of the school summer holidays, a time for children, young people and families to relax, socialise, explore, or venture out to new or familiar places.
I am proud that we have launched our summer activities 2023 programme, which offers more than 500 sessions of free activities for residents of all ages and backgrounds.
Many of the activities offer a free meal to all participants, supporting families who may be experiencing hardship, especially during the long school break and when the cost-of-living crisis is impacting many families.
As well as hosting free events, we have recently invested £13.7 million in our youth service to expand its support for young people.
Our unique summer holiday programme aims to foster family bonding, inspire curiosity, ignite adventure, and alleviate hardship for children and families across the borough. I encourage everyone to discover what’s on and make the most of the facilities in the borough’s parks and open spaces, youth centres, sports clubs, and family hubs.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets
Enrolment now open for more than 900 courses
Are you passionate about painting? Want to try Tai Chi? Or maybe you need English and Maths qualifications to improve your job prospects? Whatever your interests or needs, Idea Store Learning could have the course for you.
There are more than 900 courses to choose from at Idea Stores across Tower Hamlets, including fashion and textiles, learning to be a tour guide, belly dancing, salsa, woodwork, upholstery, Spanish, creative writing, pottery, and many more.
You can also study for qualifications in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), which is a requirement for some jobs, and Functional Skills in Maths and English.
Apply for money to help with education costs
Are you struggling to find a way to fund your studies? We might be able to help.
The Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf Trust Fund offers financial grants to help with education costs for Tower Hamlets residents taking further education, residential horticultural or agricultural courses, postgraduate study, and full-time and part-time study. The deadline for applications is Friday 28 July 2023.
Carers of People with Dementia Peer Support Group
Wednesday 26th July 10am to 11am – Hybrid via zoom or in person
This monthly peer support group aims to help carers network, support each other, learn caring tips, and share knowledge, it is your group, and you have a say in how is runs.
Bengali Dementia Carers Group
Wednesday 26th July @ 11 to 1pm – at the Carers Centre
This new peer support group has been coproduced and developed with Bengali carers of loved ones with Dementia and will be a monthly group for carers to support each other, learn to manage their caring role, you will be able to bring the person you care for, and activities will include gardening and Islamic Art classes.
Dementia Carers Drop In
Wednesday 26th July @ 1.30pm to 3pm
We have a new drop in with an English-speaking worker also a Chinese speaking Admiral Nurse/Dementia specialist, so come along and you will be able to ask any questions about Dementia, resources, and local support services.
Why not join this group……..
Next Drop In July 26th
Don’t forget that if anything happens, use the numbers below and if it is an emergency dial 999.
Domestic Violence Duty Line: 020 7364 4986 between 9am – 5pm.Victim Support: 020 7364 2448/7957
Tower Hamlets Connect/Adult Social Care : 0300 303 6070
Join the Tower Hamlets Parkrun family
Tower Hamlets Parkrun takes place at Mile End Stadium every Saturday morning at 9am. This 5K event is open to everyone and those joining can walk, run, jog or simply come along and watch.
A special Parkrun is being held on 8 July as part of celebrations to mark the 75th birthday of the NHS. Join us for a range of celebratory activities during the event and after. We’d love to see you there.
Anyone for tennis?
If Wimbledon has inspired you to give tennis a try, come along to a tennis open day at Victoria Park on Saturday 15 July to find out more and enjoy free sessions.
We have partnered with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to deliver a range of activities including free tennis sessions for all ages, playing levels and experience, with equipment provided. We have also invested in new gate access systems at seven tennis courts across the borough, making it easier to book.
How much is alcohol costing you?
This year’s theme for Alcohol Awareness Week is cost. Alcohol can have more than a financial impact as it can affect relationships, families and health.
You can take the confidential two-minute Alcohol Test which will tell you your risk levels and signpost you to additional support if needed
If you’re concerned about your drinking or someone’s alcohol use, we offer free treatment and support through our Reset service for Tower Hamlets residents aged 18 or over.
Have your say on health and care services
The Big Conversation wants your views on health and care in north east London.
Organisations working across health and care, including local government; the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; the NHS and wider partners are already working together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services.
Ones to watch
From the iconic to the independent, art-house to the award-winning, our New Releases Curator hand-picks the freshest, sharpest, most daring new releases each week.
Check back regularly for this week’s new releases.
Save your C2C ticket offices
The government and train companies have plans to close nearly one thousand ticket offices across the rail network.
Click the link to find out more
Help for Households Gives clear information about the exceptional payments, energy support and existing support schemes available, so the public know what is available and where they can find help. The homepage brings together over 40 support schemes that the public may be able to access depending on eligibility. Additionally, a range of online tools will help citizens quickly and efficiently check the support they might be eligible for and how to access it.
This is the link to find local councillors. You put you postcode in to find local councillor. They can deal with any housing issue if the carer/cared for is council tenant. They can also help if the carer lives in privately rented property and issue is disrepair.
Exciting Opportunity for Carers: Participate in Co-Production Sessions for a Physical Activity Pilot Intervention!
We are thrilled to announce a fantastic opportunity for carers within Tower Hamlets! Rethink Mental Illness, in collaboration with the Carers Centre and with support from Sport England, is embarking on a project to explore and address the barriers faced by carers of individuals living with severe mental illness, or severely affected by other mental health conditions in being more physically active. We also welcome carers who have caring responsibilities for people with non-mental health conditions, but have personal experience of a mental illness themselves. The project aims to develop a pilot intervention for physical activity, ensuring it is tailored to the specific needs and expectations of carers.
We invite carers to participate in a series of co-production sessions, where your invaluable insights and experiences will directly contribute to designing physical activities that are appropriate and accessible for carers. By actively involving carers in the creation process, we aim to develop an intervention that truly resonates with your needs.
At Rethink Mental Illness we highly value the expertise of people with lived experience and the role that they can play in developing services. We are therefore able to offer payment for participation in this project. This would consist of a payment of £50 for each two hour session attended. We kindly request that participants commit to attending all the sessions, which may take place tentatively once a month during August/September, with subsequent sessions in October, November and December. This is an incredible opportunity to make a meaningful difference and shape an intervention that will positively impact the lives of carers in our community.
Don’t miss out on this chance to be involved! If you are interested or would like more information, please fill in this expression of interest form https://forms.office.com/e/gkHgvV5mCA or contact Tony Collins at the Carer’s Centre. Together, let’s empower carers and promote better physical health and well-being for all!
Food Banks Information
What you need to know
With the cost of living crisis affecting communities nationwide, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have shared information on accessing your local FOOD Stores and tips on managing your food bills.
Tower Hamlets FOOD Stores
A number of FOOD stores have been set up across the borough, supporting those who are finding it difficult to afford enough food for themselves or their families.
At these FOOD stores, you are able to pick up food valued at £25-£35 in exchange for a £3.50 membership fee. At the same time, support is provided in other areas that you might need help with. This includes help with issues around
- benefits access
- employment and more.
To find out more or to become a member email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, postcode, date of birth and contact number.
There are a number of food aid organisations available to help you in Tower Hamlets if you are struggling to get food for yourself or your family. Scroll down to see where your closest branch is located. Different food aid services will offer different support.
- Open Access – A food bank that anyone can go to for food.
- Limited Access/referral only – A Food bank that needs someone to refer you into the service. Please contact the organisation for more details.
- School food provision – A food bank or food aid service that specifically works with students and parents who attend the school.
- Hot meals service/Hostel – Provides hot meals or pre-made goods to residents.
Underwood Road Foodbank – (Open Access)
Opening times: Thursday and Friday, 9am – 3pm
St Anne’s Catholic Church, E1 5AW
Contact: 020 7247 7833 or email email@example.com from Tuesday to Friday (9am – 3pm)
Ensign Youth Club – (Open Access)
Opening times: Friday 10am – 1pm
Wellclose Sq, E1 8HY
Hague Primary School
Opening times: Monday – Friday 8.40am – 3.40pm
Hague primary school, E2 0BP and E1 5RE
For more information please ask at the school office.
Stewart Headlam Primary School
Opening times: Monday – Friday 8.40am – 3.40pm
Tapp St, London, E1 5RE
For more information please ask at the school office.
Wellington Primary School – Food bank (limited access/by referral only)
School food provision (Pupils and families only)
Opening times: Tuesday 2 – 3pm
Wellington Way, Bow, E3 4NE
St Elizabeth Pop Up Kitchen – School food provision (pupils and families only)
Opening times: 3.40 – 5pm
St Elizabeth Primary School, entrance on Waterloo Gardens, E2 9JY
For more information please visit St Elizabeth School website / Caritas Twitter page.
Bygrove School – School food provision (pupils and families only)
Opening times: Monday – Friday (Term Time Only)
Bygrove street, E14 6DN
For more information please visit the Bygrove School website.
Langdon Park School – School food provision (pupils and families only)
Opening times: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm
Bright Street, London, E14 0RZ
For more information please ask at the school office.
Dorset Community Food Hub – (Open Access – Hot meals service)
Opening times: Thursday
Ground floor, former Dorset library, E2 8QX
For more information please visit the Dorset Community website.
Olga Primary School Foodbank – School food provision (pupils and families only)
Opening times: Friday 3.20 – 3.45pm
Olga Primary School, E3 5DN
Contact: 020 8981 7127
Edward Gibbons House – (Hostel)
Opening times: 24 hours
1 Parmiter St, E2 9NG
Globe Primary School – (Open Access)
Opening times: Friday 12 – 3.15pm
Globe Primary School, E2 0JH
For more information please visit Globe Primary School website.
Food for Aldgate – (Limited access/by referral only)
Opening times: Friday 1 – 3pm
Tonybee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London, E1 6AB
Contact: Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @FoodForAldgate.
Womens Inclusive Team – (Limited access/by referral only)
Opening times: Appointment provided after referral
Mayfield House 202 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9LJ
Contact: 07415 372 664 or email email@example.com.
William Davis Food Bank – School food provision (pupils and families only)
Opening times: Friday 2 – 3pm
William Davis School, E2 6ET
Contact: 020 7739 1511
Bow Food Bank – (Open Access)
Opening times: Monday 8am – 12.30pm
Bromley by Bow Centre, St Leonard’s Street, E3 3BT
For more information please visit the Bow Food Bank website.
Bethnal Green Foodbank – (Open Access)
Opening times: Wednesday 2 – 7pm
Raines Foundations School, Approach road, E2 9LY
Bow Muslim Cultural Centre – (Open Access)
Opening times: Friday 11am – 3pm
246 Bow Road London, E3 3AP
SACC Food Bank – (Limited access/by referral only)
Opening times: Thursday and Friday 10am – 3pm
St Anne’s Catholic Church, E1 5AW
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7247 7833.
Referrals can be discussed by email or contact number.
|Launch of Somali National Helpline 0800 6102020|
Better Safe Communities are pleased to inform you of the launch of the first historic Somali National Helpline, sponsored by the local businesses up and down the country and in regards to poor service provisions of UK public services for Somali communities nationally.
The Helpline was founded by Khadra Hersi, a student of London Met University. It is aimed at the Somali community, helping with language barriers, immigration, and mental health issues due to war in their country. The Somali National Helpline are a service that uses professionals to support people overcome issues they are facing. They exist to support individuals with language matters, mental health issues, and beneficiaries to solve their problems. They also provide translating and interpreting services. They are here to support and advocate for many problems faced within the Somali community such as young adults suffering from knife crime, and elderly people who feel isolated and lonely due to language barriers.
Why do you need a Lasting Power of Attorney?
Does the person you look after making their own decisions but want help managing their money? Maybe they can make their own decisions now but want an arrangement in case they can’t in the future. Without a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) your family may need to go to Court. This can cause lots of hassle, delay, and expense.
There are 2 types of Lasting Power of Attorney; finances & property matters and decisions about health and care.
Why should you do it now?
- 1 in 3 of us will suffer dementia
- Many of us will retain mental capacity, but will physically struggle to manage our affairs at some point in our life
- Being married or asking your chosen person to act for you is not enough – you need to legally give them the power to help you
- If you leave making your Power of Attorney until you need it, it will be too late.
Carers Centre Partners
The Carers Centre Tower Hamlets is pleased to work in partnership with respected Law firms to provide carers with affordable support with LPA.
Jones Whyte are a Glasgow based multi award winning Solicitor firm and the reigning Law Firm of the Year 2021
- They prepare thousands of Powers of Attorney every year
- Have partnerships with many major national charities
- They offer competitive Power of Attorney fees £349 + vat
You can find our more about Jones Whyte here Power of Attorney – Solicitors Glasgow | Jones Whyte Law
Duncan Lewis Solicitors – “We believe in access to justice for the most vulnerable in society and do everything we can to ensure legal advice and support is available for those who need it most”.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are a national firm with offices locally.
- They prepare thousands of Powers of Attorney every year
- They are available for face-to-face appointments at their local office (1 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, Hackney, London, E8 2JS) or surgeries at the Carers Centre if requested
- They offer competitive Power of Attorney fees £350 + vat
Carers Centre staff can refer you, contact us on 0207 790 1765 or at email@example.com
You can find out more about Duncan Lewis here https://www.duncanlewis.co.uk
Most solicitor firms support with LPA and carers are under no obligation to use either firm listed above and are free to seek support from any firm they choose.
What is I do not want to pay for support with LPA?
We also provide workshops and information for those who want to set up an LPA themselves, many people set up LPA without legal support. You can check our Calendar or give us a call for updates on our latest workshops.
You can also see the information links below for information.
Call us on 0207 790 1765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about LPA.
A carers guide to home fire safety
A new video resource has been launched on the London Fire Brigade website to help carers learn how to keep people that receive care safe from fire.
Sadly, around one third of those here who die or are severely injured by fire are in receipt of some form of care or support. If you are a formal (domiciliary care worker, support worker or clinician) or informal carer (family member, friend or neighbour) and are caring for someone in their own home, this new resource will help you identify fire risks and show you what you can do to reduce them. There is also more information available on the website around fire safety and prevention.
WALKING ALONE? REMEMBER THESE 10 TIPS
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, 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.
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