How is everyone doing today and are you looking forward to the weekend? Just want to highlight that the Carers Centre is always supporting carers with their mental health so keep an eye out for our monthly partnership sessions with Talking Therapies – this month the session is Carer Anxiety & Worry and how to manage it. Monday 12th at 2pm – a couple of places still available.
Don’t forget to check out our new YouTube icon on the website home page for a series of Mindfulness & Meditations commissioned by the Carers Centre from Breathing Space – you can do these whenever you want, at anytime or any place.
A big shout out to my Muslim colleagues and the carers of Tower Hamlets as they enter into Ramadan, which is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer, reflection, and community. A commemoration of Muhammad’s first revelation, the annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next. Ramadan starts early next week, and it is something that I always admire because I know I could not do it.
Good luck and keep well everyone.
Sending our best wishes to faith communities
We have come together with the Inter Faith Forum to issue a joint statement for the borough’s faith communities at a time when so many have celebrated or are about to celebrate religious festivals.
With the holy month of Ramadan approaching, communities are being urged to stay safe during fasting and reminded that the Covid-19 vaccine does not invalidate the fast.
It is important to recognise we are all still subject to restrictions on social gatherings, and it is everyone’s duty to follow the rules during faith and worship, including Iftars, Ramadan night prayers and the celebration of Eid al Fitr.
Save lives by telling others #Ihadmyjab!
We have launched a new #Ihadmyjab campaign, in collaboration with the NHS, which asks residents to take a photo when they receive their Covid-19 vaccine and share it on social media using #Ihadmyjab. We know that word of mouth and personal stories are strong motivators for people to take up the vaccine, so we’re asking residents to help us keep the community safe by sharing theirs.
We know not everyone uses social media, but word of mouth is just as important, so also tell your friends, family, and wider community. We can all play a part in keeping Tower Hamlets safe, so if you have had the jab, tell others.
Shop safe, shop local
Our high streets and markets are reopening on Monday 12 April and we are delighted to welcome them back. Lockdown restrictions hit non-essential shops and businesses hard and we’ve been working to support and help them re-open safely next week.
When shopping, please follow the latest government guidance, including wearing a mask when indoors, or in crowded outside spaces, and use hand sanitiser regularly. Let’s help our high streets and markets get back to business – your support matters.
Insight 71 – local organisations share memories of the fight for independence.
Wednesday 14 April marks Bengali New Year. As part of our celebration of Bangladesh to mark 50 years of independence, we have commissioned three organisations to provide unique insights into 1971.
The results cover the nine month duration of the Liberation War of Bangladesh and include local testimonies, essays, and media coverage of events to provide an overview of this important era. Discover images, photographs, press cuttings, first-hand accounts and more.
It is short notice but ….
Singing with Nightingales this St George’s Day
We invite you to contribute short, recorded poems, speeches, and stories that you feel speak about the story of the nightingale and its place in the natural world.
We want to hear about your love of nature and those special corners of Tower Hamlets that are important to you. We also want to hear your stories of migration and community.
We are working with Sam Lee, a Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, conservationist, song collector and activist and folk music artists from the Nest Collective to create a 30-minute YouTube programme to be broadcast on St George’s Day (23 April) that will celebrate the music and words of our community. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Monday 12 April.
Visit a new garden installation at Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf Group has unveiled its latest installation at Crossrail Place Roof Garden, entitled Crossorelle.
Created by artists Baker & Borowski, and produced by Anne Lomax and Produce UK, the design is inspired by the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech and fuses the Moroccan garden’s rich palette and art deco shapes with the exotic flora found at Crossrail Place Roof Garden. It’s free to visit, runs until Saturday 19 June 2021 and can be enjoyed in a socially distanced way, outdoors.
Share your views in our Liveable Streets Brick Lane consultation
It’s your last chance to have your say on proposals to restrict traffic in parts of Brick Lane on weekday evenings and weekends.
The consultation closes just before 12 midnight on Wednesday 14 April.
Check this out!
Want to be in our films?
We are commissioning some films to be shown on our website and we are looking for carers and the people you care for to take part.
The films will be made by trainees on The Zoom Film School training scheme at Four Corners Film Workshop on Roman Road. They have explained their film ideas and they all sound great!
They will tell the stories of a wide range of carers and the people you care for – and how you have benefitted from what we offer at the Carers Centre. They will be a great way to reach new carers, particularly carers who don’t know they are carers or what support is available to them.
Could you be available for a couple of hours to be filmed for a part of your day?
Could you also be available to give a short interview? That would take about an hour and be here at the Carers Centre. The filming will take place on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th April
Please contact Tony email@example.com and he will put you in touch with the staff at Four Corners who will give you more information about the filming and how you can be involved.
We would like a range of carers, including:
- A young carer aged 16-25
- A young, female carer who also goes to college
- A carer who helps their neighbours
- An older carer who cares for an elderly parent or similar
- If you are a carer not on this list please do also get in touch because we want to show a wide range of experiences!
The filming will adhere to strict Covid- 19 guidelines with social distancing.
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