How was your weekend? Exciting times ahead with Joe Biden becoming the next USA President, hopefully healing and better relations between people are on the cards. Great to see the UK Government making a U turn on children’s meals, it was badly needed and thankfully the Government read the mood.
On a lighter note five days to go before I get my little boy – ALBUS
This week’s activities
Weekly Visual Arts Group
This weekly group meets on Zoom, we join up with a group from Liverpool and have great fun making art from things within your home.
Come join in and have a couple of hours away from your caring role – if you can.
Tuesday Peer Support Groups
Renal Carers Support Group – Tuesday 11am to 12 noon
A peer support group hosted by our Hospital Worker Ayeda Zuba for carers who care for someone with kidney disease or failure. If this group sounds like it is for you then please do not hesitate in joining, the more the merrier.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers Forum – 2nd Tuesday of the month 2pm to 3.30pm
This monthly forum gives carers a chance to come together and discuss their caring roles, feeding back on customer service of organisations and agencies working within Tower Hamlets, explore ideas in which Tower Hamlets can support carers, look at best practice and work in partnership with the Carers Centre to continuously improve its services.
Unfortunately, the Walking Wednesdays have been suspended until new guidance and the lockdown, make it clear and safe to do so. Keep an eye for when they start back up.
Each week Carers will be able to exercise, raising your heart rate and getting a sweat on, this will be followed by mindfulness and meditation techniques helping you to manage your busy caring lives.
There are amazing health benefits such as boosting your immune system, stretching, and keeping supple, building personal strength, having some mental respite from your caring role, and having fun with likeminded carers.
For any of these activities please email: email@example.com
We know that carers are having a hard time right now and so we have been working with our partners at Breathing Space to develop ways to support carers through these difficult times.
We are happy to announce Lockdown Care Kit: Carers Stress Reduction Sessions.
These four 75 minute, weekly online sessions will be delivered by Breathing Space Mindfulness teachers and aim to:
- Support carers in the challenges they face in the pandemic: isolation, lack of rest, overwhelm and feelings of anxiety.
- To equip carers with tools which help them manage their mental health
- To offer connectivity with other local like-minded carers
- To improve general wellbeing of carers
- To provide carers with a supportive, kind and peaceful online space
There are 20 spaces available to carers and the sessions are FREE to unpaid carers registered at the Carers Centre Tower Hamlets.
To put your name on the waiting list please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you entitled to Marriage Tax Allowance?
if you need help claiming this benefit, please contact the Carers Centre for support.
Struggling with rent arrears?
You may be entitled to a Discretionary Housing Payment grant to prevent eviction.
Contact our Financial Support Team:
📞0207 364 4080 / 3680
Also the Carers Centre can support you to avoid eviction.
Stay home, stay safe
A reminder that national restrictions are now in place to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
Schools, colleges and children’s centres remain open as do our parks and open spaces.
Shops and market stalls selling food can operate with some businesses offering takeaway and ‘click-and-collect’ services.
If you do have to leave home, remember to wash your hands regularly, cover your face and make space for others.
In line with the latest government advice, certain services and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice.
Arts and entertainment venues, market stalls selling non-essential goods, sports facilities and leisure centres are closed.
Idea Stores and libraries have closed for now, but three locations will reopen next week to offer a limited service and online services continue. Bin collections are continuing and our reuse and recycling centre remains open.
Finally, please remember that the NHS is still open – please attend your existing medical appointments and contact your GP or NHS 111 as normal if you need support.
Online festival of Bangla drama
Our annual drama festival, A Season of Bangla Drama, returns this month for its eighteenth year. Audiences across the borough and beyond can relax and enjoy the online festival of British Bengali theatre which runs from Thursday 12 to Saturday 21 November.
The theme is ‘coming of age’ and this year the action will all be digital, with a series of pre-recorded plays and readings accompanied by live, interactive question and answer sessions.
The festival showcases local writing and talent, as well as putting the spotlight on a range of issues relevant to the British-Bengali experience.
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