Carers Centre Tower Hamlets

7th August 2020

Hello Everyone

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.

Please email tony@ccth.org.uk


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.

LogoNext week’s Events

11th August

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

12th August

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).

Collection/eligibility

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. 



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 happy 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


5th August 2020

Hello Everyone

How is everyone doing?  I hope you are all well and safe and enjoying the weather outdoors, indoors but safely in a socially distanced way.

I would like to send my heartfelt prays and positive thoughts to the people of Beirut


Reminder to Carers

If you sign up for a Carer Academy event, then please acknowledge that commitment.  It takes time and effort to organise sessions and working with partner organisations who also commit their resources.  So if you are unable to attend due to caring emergency or other reasons please be respectful and email the Carers Centre to let us know you are unable to attend.

Thank you


Stay safe in the heatwave

Temperatures are set to soar in London from Thursday 6 August – Sunday 9 August, and are expected to exceed 30 degrees on Friday and Saturday. The Met Office has issued a heat health alert, as we may experience heatwave conditions in Southeast England and London.

While many people may 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 much more than usual as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For information about how to stay safe in the heat, please read on.


How to stay well in a heatwave

We know there’s nothing like taking in some rays in the park when the weather is fine, but there can be health risks if you’re too hot for too long. The main risks are dehydration (not having enough water), overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people with breathing or heart problems, and heat exhaustion, heatstroke and sunburn.

The NHS advises that people 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.

For more information on how to stay well and help others during the hot weather, visit the NHS website.


Trainee Debt Adviso

We’re looking to train the next generation of money and debt advisors to provide over-indebted Londoners with free, face-to-face advice that is accurate, effective, and tailored to individuals’ circumstances.

If you are interested in this post, please check out link:

https://www.debtfree.london/trainee-debt-advisor


Cover up and follow the guidance

When you are out and about, please make sure you continue to follow the government’s Covid-19 guidance.

While it might be slightly more uncomfortable in the warmer weather, it’s still 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 will need to wear a face covering will grow. Check the latest advice and 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 also still crucial. Read more about what you can and cannot do.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you must immediately self-isolate and ask for a coronavirus test through the NHS or by calling NHS 119. Read more about the Test and Trace programme.


Have fun in the sun!

We know that most people will want to get out and enjoy the glorious sunshine this weekend. Our parks are there to be enjoyed but please use them responsibly and maintain social distancing.

Our parks provide the perfect environment for enjoying the sunny weather, with lots of shady trees to sit under during the hottest hours of the day (11am – 3pm).

Please remember that it is still prohibited to meet in large groups, and this remains vital in our efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19. If you’re visiting our parks or public spaces, please do so responsibly and help us keep them tidy for others by using the bins or taking your rubbish with you.

Make sure you stay hydrated by keeping water with you at all times and don’t forget to protect your skin by using sunscreen with a high SPF factor.

Thanks for reading and stay safe!


 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 happy 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


3rd August 2020

Hello Everyone

I hope your Eid and weekend was a great success and fun?  For me it was cleaning, cooking, and gardening but at a slow relaxing pace LOL.

I have some message that carers might find useful and interesting:


Upcoming Events

4th August

Understanding LBTH Housing Processes 11am to 12.30pm

This workshop will give carers a chance to understand how to apply to get on the housing register, how to be assessed for overcrowding and understand what the criteria is to meet moving on medical grounds. Individual cases will not be discussed but you will have a better understanding of the housing process.

Last chance to reserve a place – email tony@ccth.org.uk

The Tuesday Social Club 2pm to 3.30pm

This weekly get together gives carers a chance to meet up have some fun and discuss the highs and lows of caring.  It is a peer support group and carers get a chance to discuss issues with their peers.

11th August

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.

We have presentations on Direct Payments and Test & Trace

Email  tony@ccth.org.uk


Want to be a Trustee for the Carers Centre Tower Hamlets?

The Carers Centre is recruiting new trustees. As a Trustee, you will contribute to the direction of the Carers Centre and ensure its services are having a positive impact on carers in Tower Hamlets. Working closely with the Chief Executive you will set the direction of the organisation and make key decisions on how the charity operates to meets its goals.

Being a Trustee is a great way to enhance your development goals while making a difference to a cause that is meaningful to you. It allows you to develop new skills or apply existing skills to new real-life situations, meet new people and network—all whilst bringing a sense of fulfilment to yourself and those you are helping.

We have a skilled and experienced Board of Trustees but recognise we need to broaden our knowledge of income generation, organisational development, and digital communications. We are therefore seeking motivated and committed individuals to join our Board.

If you have recent working knowledge in this area and are interested in making a positive difference for carers and their families in Tower Hamlets, then we would like to hear from you.

It is important to us that our Board reflects the diversity of the carers we serve.  We welcome applicants from all sections of our community irrespective of age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or other personal circumstances.

Timescales and Fees

It is expected that fulfilling the role of Trustee will require the equivalent of approximately 8 days per year.

The role of Trustee of the Carers Centre is voluntary, although reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed according to the rates agreed by the Board.

If you are interested in joining our board please email your CV to the Chief Executive – graham@ccth.org.uk


Uptake of Pension Credit

Government Statistics show some interesting facts about the underclaiming of some Benefits-

For Pension Credit, 60% of those entitled to Pension Credit claimed the benefit. This equates to Up to 1.2 million families and £2.5 billion per year (on average £2000 per household)
Take-up of Pension Credit was lowest amongst couples: Just over half of those entitled received the benefit.

Pension Credit (PC) provides a guaranteed level of income for people over State Pension age. This continues to rise and is 65 and 8-9 months in April 2020 and will be 66 by April 2021. Guarantee Credit is worked out by comparing your income with an amount the Government says you need to live on (£173.75 per week for single person and £265.20 per week for couples)

If your total income is less than this amount and do not have savings more than £16,000, you might be entitled to Pension Credit.  If you have a disability, are a carer, you may be eligible for a higher amount.

If you are a pensioner, you might be losing out your Pension Credit. If you are not sure call DWP on 0800 991234 or call the Carers Centre on 0207 790 1765 and speak to Abdul or Ruhela.


This is just a reminder that we have our live zoom session with our brilliant artist Luke Saydon coming up this Thursday morning. We’re so excited to be bringing the generations together this month for an online version of our award-shortlisted Memories and Music session. We have children under 5 and their families joining us to sing and dance, share museum objects and generally get to know one another.

For security reasons we are asking you to register. This is very simple – just email memories@museumoflondon.org.uk and we will send you the zoom link to join us. We can also check then if you have any access needs. If you’d rather register by phone, then please ring 07780 504506 to chat to me.

We’d really love to see you! The session will take place this Thursday 6th August from 10.30am – 11.30am.


Feeling the heat?

We’re in for another scorcher week and we want to help make sure you enjoy the sunshine safely. As the temperature rises, please remember to:

  • stay out of the sun between 11am – 3pm
  • wear sunscreen
  • drink plenty of water
  • check in on relatives, friends or neighbours who are elderly or vulnerable
  • do not swim in the Shadwell Basin – it is prohibited and extremely dangerous.

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. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please book a test immediately.

Please note, if you have symptoms or a positive test result, you must now self-isolate for 10 days – this advice has changed from seven days, so do check the latest on the government website


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


 Make your voice heard on new citizen’s health panel

The East London Health and Care Partnership (ELHCP) brings together eight councils (including Tower Hamlets) and 12 NHS organisations, which are combining their expertise and resources to ensure health and care services meet the needs of local people.

The partnership is looking for a wide mix of people to join its new online citizens’ panel. Taking part at a time that suits you, you’ll be able to give your thoughts on ELHCP’s ideas or proposals, provide suggestions on health and care issues, or related topics through short online or telephone surveys.


Just wishing everyone a peaceful, safe and happy 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


31st July 2020

Hello Everyone

I hope everyone has a great Eid and a wonderful weekend. 


So today is going to be a scorcher so I have sourced some tips on how to keep well for you and your loved ones and do not forget your pets.

Tips to survive the heat:

  • Drink water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Take a bottle with you always.
  • Hot cars kill. Never leave kids, older people, or pets in cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
  • Keep cool. Seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
  • Plan ahead. Schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen, and take a bottle of water with you.
  • Check in on others. Look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.

Are you bored at home?  Do you want to do something new?

4th August

Understanding LBTH Housing Processes 11am to 12.30pm

This workshop will give carers a chance to understand how to apply to get on the housing register, how to be assessed for overcrowding and understand what the criteria is to meet moving on medical grounds. Individual cases will not be discussed but you will have a better understanding of the housing process.

The Tuesday Social Club 2pm to 3.30pm

This weekly get together gives carers a chance to meet up have some fun and discuss the highs and lows of caring.  It is a peer support group and carers get a chance to discuss issues with their peers.

5th August

Carer Induction Session 11am to 12noon

This workshop is for carers who have just registered and wish to learn more about the services the Carers Centre has to offer and how we can signpost you to our partner organisations.

Young Carers Group 5pm to 7pm

Weekly group for our young carers supported by our young carer’s worker.

If you are interested in any of these events for next week, please

Email; tony@ccth.org.uk


Stay safe during Eid

Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated by many people across our communities this Friday (31 July). Eid Al-Adha celebrates the end of Hajj and is an important event in the Islamic calendar.

If you’re observing Eid Al-Adha, please remember that you need to do so safely in line with the government’s Covid-19 guidance. We have put together advice for you on how to celebrate Eid safely, which covers worship, meeting friends and family, keeping a safe distance, maintaining good hygiene and what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19.

Eid Mubarak to all those who will be celebrating on Friday and over the weekend. We hope that even though this will be a different Eid Al-Adha, that it brings peace, prosperity, and happiness to you and your family.


Please find the 3rd instalment of Museum of London’s resources for people living with dementia, vulnerable older people and their carers. Please share this with anyone at all who you feel will benefit and please fill out this 5 minute survey at the bottom. Thank you so, so much for your continued support.

ACTIVITY PACK 

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/application/files/4215/9561/1623/memories-creative-connected-july.pdf

Download and print this pdf of our July Creative & Connected Activity pack. We’ll be adding more content to our webpage in the coming week, so watch this space.

For those of you who are signed up to receive physical packs, they should be delivered tomorrow or Wednesday by our distributer, LondonCalling, whose delivery drivers will be following all government hygiene guidelines.

LISTEN TO LONDON LIVES

https://soundcloud.com/museum-of-london/sets/london-lives

Listen to this month’s musical storytelling London Lives podcast which brings together the voices of children and elders as they explore their favourite toys. This relaxing, musical story about a young girl who meets a new friends when she is evacuated is perfect night time listening for your loved ones, residents or any service users with access to the internet.

SHARE YOUR STORIES 

We invite people with dementia to share their own memories about their favourite food, which will be posted on our website or used in next month’s podcast.

LIVE ZOOM SESSION 

Information on how to sign up to our increasingly popular Zoom session – ‘Memories & Music’ on Aug 6th, 10:30-11:30. As always, this session will include singing, music & a chance to discover museum objects and reminisce, but this month we are also inviting children under 5 to join us!

To register and get the joining link, email memories@museumoflondon.org.uk or call 07780 504506 Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm

FEEDBACK 

We really, really value any feedback that anyone who accesses this pack has. This will help us to continue improving our resources and hopefully secure funding to continue our work for people living with dementia, which we are immensely passionate about. The following survey will take just 5 minutes to complete but will make the world of difference. Thank you.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MoLResourcePack

OTHER RESOURCES 

Finally, do check out some of our partner organisations.

  • We encourage you to download the free My House of Memories app onto your phone or tablet. We have partnered with National Museums Liverpool to add some of our unique collections to the app and hope that you are able to enjoy reminiscing with your loved ones.
  • StAn’s Cafe on Facebook. At the moment they are running a dementia-inclusive virtual community event on the 3rd Saturday of every month. The Museum of London will be presenting on August 15th.

Another Reminder – Important News

Tower Hamlets Council have received notification that Cardinal Health Type IIR fluid repellent face masks received from central Government deliveries have been removed from the supply chain and they need to recall the face masks.

This is the specific brand of face mask being recalled.

You can find further information here about these face masks and the issues affecting them: https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts/masks-type-iir-from-cardinal-health-destroy-affected-lots-mda-2020-021

If you are a carer who has received this type of face mask in your PPE pack and still have some left then please contact Ayeda on 07366 977 103 and we will arrange a time for you to return the face masks and get replacements from a different supplier.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the PPE Team at PPE@towerhamlets.gov.uk Please only use this email if you have queries, NOT to request PPE.

We thank you for your patience, if you phone and are unable to get through, please leave your name and number and Ayeda will get back to you.

If you do not have any of the face masks left, you do not need to do anything.

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.


Do you want to improve your computer or device skills?  We have places available for one to one tuition at your own pace.

If you interested, please email tony@ccth.org.uk


Just wishing everyone a peaceful, safe and happy 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


29th July 2020

Hello Everyone

How is everyone today, I think you must all be very busy because I have not heard back from you in sometime.

Do not forget we have a monthly timetable of training, peer and social groups, the carers forum and hopefully you are able to take time out from your caring role to meet your fellow carers in a fun and relaxing virtual atmosphere…

Keep an eye out for what is coming up and anything you want to know more about then email me tony@ccth.org.uk


Important News

Tower Hamlets Council have received notification that Cardinal Health Type IIR fluid repellent face masks received from central Government deliveries have been removed from the supply chain and they need to recall the face masks.

This is the specific brand of face mask being recalled.

You can find further information here about these face masks and the issues affecting them: https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts/masks-type-iir-from-cardinal-health-destroy-affected-lots-mda-2020-021

If you are a carer who has received this type of face mask in your PPE pack and still have some left then please contact Ayeda on 07366 977 103 and we will arrange a time for you to return the face masks and get replacements from a different supplier.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the PPE Team at PPE@towerhamlets.gov.uk Please only use this email if you have queries, NOT to request PPE.

We thank you for your patience, if you phone and are unable to get through, please leave your name and number and Ayeda will get back to you.

If you do not have any of the face masks left, you do not need to do anything.

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.


Healthy Holidays – food support for families

This week, we launched our Healthy Holidays food programme. We are providing a mixture of hot meals and weekly food bags to support children and their families throughout the summer.

Eligible families will be able to collect meals from four locations in the borough until Friday 28 August. Families will also be able to collect activity packs full of ideas, advice, and inspiration to keep active and eating well this summer.


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. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please book a test immediately.


Wear a face covering to help protect each other

A reminder that you are now required to wear face coverings in all shops and supermarkets, while using public transport and when you go to a hospital for an appointment or to visit someone (unless you have a health condition or are aged under 11).

You are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in other enclosed public spaces or where social distancing may be more difficult.

Wearing a face covering will help us all to protect each other and contain the spread of the virus as more premises are reopening.

Make a reusable face covering at home with the simple guides from the government and the BBC. If you have to use disposable gloves or masks, please do not litter – put them in the bin to stop the spread.


Build your cycle confidence

To help more people get around the borough safely by bike, we’re offering free cycle skills training with our friends at Bikeworks.

You can book a one-to-one session or join a family course in Victoria Park during the summer holidays.

Transport for London has also created an online course for all abilities to build your confidence with a free Santander Cycles access code if you complete it.

If your bike needs repairs, from 11.45pm tonight (Tuesday 28 July) the government is offering a limited number of £50 vouchers towards the cost of fixing your bike.


Stay safe during Eid

Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated by many people across our communities this Friday (31 July). Eid Al-Adha celebrates the end of Hajj and is an important event in the Islamic calendar.

If you’re observing Eid Al-Adha, please remember that you need to do so safely in line with the government’s Covid-19 guidance. We have put together advice for you on how to celebrate Eid safely, which covers worship, meeting friends and family, keeping a safe distance, maintaining good hygiene and what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19.

Eid Mubarak to all those who will be celebrating on Friday and over the weekend. We hope that even though this will be a different Eid Al-Adha, that it brings peace, prosperity, and happiness to you and your family.

Just wishing everyone a peaceful, safe and happy 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


27th July 2020

Hello Everyone, sorry there has not been a blog for a week, but I have been off sick and what a nightmare that was.  It has been a long time since I have felt that poorly.

How have you all been at home and with your caring role, I really do not know how you manage when you are sick and feeling under the weather?


Personal Protective Equipment Recall

Tower Hamlets Council have received notification that Cardinal Health Type IIR fluid repellent face masks received from central Government deliveries has been removed from the supply chain and they need to recall the face masks.

This is the specific brand of face mask being recalled.

You can find further information here about these face masks and the issues affecting them: https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts/masks-type-iir-from-cardinal-health-destroy-affected-lots-mda-2020-021

If you are a carer who has received this type of face mask in your PPE pack and still have some left then please contact Ayeda on 07366 977 103 and we will arrange a time for you to return the face masks and get replacements from a different supplier.

We thank you for your patience, if you phone and are unable to get through, please leave your name and number and Ayeda will get back to you.

If you do not have any of the face masks left, you do not need to do anything.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the PPE Team at ppe@towerhamlets.gov.uk


Exemptions to Wearing a Face Covering in Shops and Supermarkets

From this Friday, 24th July face coverings must be worn in shops.

There are no automatic exemptions for disabled people, however the following relevant exemptions exist …

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes:

  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing, or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • to eat or drink, but only if you need to
  • to take medication

Further details and updates can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Stay Safe! 


Book a Covid-19 test if you have symptoms

NHS Test and Trace is an essential feature of efforts to keep Tower Hamlets safe and drive down the rates of infection and transmission of Covid-19.

Mobile testing units are operating in the borough and are another way to get tested, alongside ordering a home testing kit. There will be a mobile unit based near Canary Wharf in the coming weeks, including on Wednesday 29 July and Saturday 1 August.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please book a test immediately.


Let’s talk NHS Test and Trace

As you’ve just read, NHS Test and Trace is hugely important locally and nationally. But we know that not all of our residents will be as familiar with the programme as others. To help us understand how effective it will be in Tower Hamlets, we’ve designed a new survey to gauge:

  • understanding of the symptoms of Covid-19
  • awareness of NHS Test and Trace
  • ability to self-isolate, along with any support residents may need to self-isolate
  • any barriers our residents may face in engaging with the programme.

The findings will help us generate insights about the effectiveness of NHS Test and Trace locally, which we can use to support residents to engage with the programme.


Summer activities

School holidays are here and we have loads of activities to keep kids, families and teens busy throughout – and better yet most of our events are absolutely free!

So whether it’s an online photography workshop or music production lessons, there’s something for everyone. Safety is our priority and all events are virtual or socially distanced.


This week’s events:

28th July 2pm to 3.30pm – Tuesday Social Club

For an invite email tony@ccth.org.uk

Wednesday 29th

Relaxation Day Zoom Sessions

11am to 12 noon

Virtual Health & Wellbeing with Casey – Would you like to learn how to make a wonderfully moisturising hand scrub with things from your cupboard? learn a how to give yourself a little me time with a facial massage routine that will boost your energy, release some tension and rebuild a little internal connection?

2pm to 3pm

Relaxation Day Come stretch with Casey – Feeling a little sluggish, aching and full of tension? Come stretch with me and learn a 10 minute routine you can use every day to bring some balance back into your body. Let’s Stretch out those niggles together, open up and release that tension. This routine is suitable for absolutely everyone. It’s performed seated so you can also do it anywhere

Email tony@ccth.org.uk

Just wishing everyone a peaceful, safe and happy 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


17th July 2020

Are you bored at home? Do you want to do something new?

We have some exciting new sessions taking place over the next couple of weeks and we would like more and more carers to get involved and take up places for online virtual sessions.

Tuesday 21st July – 2pm to 3.30pm

The Tuesday Social Club

A chance to come together with your peers to chat, laugh be social and put the world to rights.

All carers, new and old are all welcome – if interested email tony@ccth.org.uk

 July 22nd July – 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Diet & Nutrition for the Young Carers Group

An interactive session with on the nature and benefits of nutrition and healthy diet. If you would like more information, please email benjamin@ccth.org.uk

 Thursday 23rd July – 2pm to 3pm

Think Well & Create A Colourful Calendar

This session is looking how to look positively at your life, learn how to look for positive experiences such as hobbies, learning, family connection, it is really up to you.  You will then go onto learn how to create your own calendar that helps you bring variety and respite into your life.

If this sounds something that you would like to try out please email either marsia@ccth.org.uk or faisa@ccth.org.uk they are looking forward to working with you.


 Interactive Online Training

The courses aren’t a test – there is no grading or time limit. They are a self-help tool designed to keep you well in your role as an unpaid carer. The course bundle includes interactive quizzes, videos, downloads, and worksheets, for you to take at your own pace, whether it’s for 5 minutes daily, or for an hour once a week. We give you plenty of hints and tips on how to acknowledge, rethink and balance the ways in which caring affects your life.

We have 8 places for carers who are interested in signing up for the great opportunity, email tony@ccth.org.uk


Important Numbers:

 Tower Hamlets Council Extremely Vulnerable Person Number: 020 7364 3030

Domestic Violence Duty Line:  020 7364 4986 between 9am – 5pm.

Victim Support:  020 7364 2448/7957


 PPE for Carers

Carers can now access FREE Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies provided by Tower Hamlets Council. The Carers Centre will help you access PPE if you are eligible in the following ways:

  • Carers who provide personal/close contact care to loved ones/cared for’s who live in a different property to their own
  • Carers who live with their loved ones/cared for’s and one or both are classed as having to be shielded and are extremely vulnerable due to a long-term health condition and/or are over 70 years old

You will be given a 2 week supply of PPE and every 2 weeks you will need to contact us so that we can allocate a collection time and date for you to collect another 2 week supply.

The PPE scheme will continue for the foreseeable future so please do take advantage of this great opportunity.

For those who are extremely vulnerable or housebound there are some delivery slots available however these are reserved only for those in need.

Carers requesting PPE E-mail: enquiries@ccth.org.uk  or Call 020 7790 1765

From 24 July, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets.

Exemptions include:

  • young children
  • people with breathing difficulties
  • people living with a disability

We like to remind the Carers of Tower Hamlets keep safe, wash your hands regularly, remember to distance yourselves where possible always wear a mask when outside unless exempt and look after yourselves.


Care to Sing with us?

We are a friendly, supportive group of Carers, who laugh and have so much fun singing together! We’ve< moved online to reach more carers across the UK & now hold weekly social singing sessions on Tuesdays at 2pm on Zoom with Victoria BeeBee our singing leader. You don’t need to be able to sing and we don’t read music. Words and backing music are provided for you, plus access to the website with songs, lyrics & more, plus it’s totally FREE! All you’ll need is a PC/Laptop or Smartphone & Access to the Internet.

If you are a UK Carer Contact: info@voxskool.com  to register now!


Are you worried you are missing out in virtual groups?  Would you like to improve your computer skills?

Then we are pleased to promote that we are working in partnership with Peter Bedford Housing who are providing one to one tuition for carers.  You can learn how to use online shopping, virtual sessions like the ones provided by the centre, get more involved in online social and creative groups.

If you are interested, please email tony@ccth.org.uk


We want our Carers to be fit, healthy and happy….

So another week draws to a close and I wondered how people are managing with their health?  You may have noticed there was not a blog entry for Wednesday, this was due to me having to take the day off sick.  I really felt terrible and needed sleep and rest.

I wondered how your health and wellbeing is?  Has it got worse, improved, or remained the same over the last four months?

The Carers Centre wants carers to feedback about what is important to them about their health, what would you like to improve, do you feel that you want to get fitter due to the pandemic, do you worry that your health, activity or caring role disadvantages you?

Pleased click on this link and complete our survey – it will only take 5 minutes.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DK5HNLL

 

Just wishing everyone a peaceful, safe and happy 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


15th July 2020

Feedback from Carers Forum

At the Carers Forum yesterday at the 14th July we had a really good turnout of carers who attended to be consulted on the proposed changes to charging for Adult Social Care services in the community.

It was a lively, passionate debate with a broad range of carer experiences and expertise.  The group overwhelming voted for Option 3:

  • Increase the maximum amount people can be asked to contribute towards their care from £250 per week to £300 per week.
  • Remove the £15 ‘standard utilities allowance’.
  • Provide respite and carer relief services free of charge, if they are put in place primarily to meet the needs of a carer following a carer assessment. At the moment these services are chargeable to the person receiving adult social care services.

However, the carers felt that an urgent issue of better scrutiny, accountability of commissioned Home Care Providers is essential as currently value for money is patchy at best.  It was then agreed that someone from commissioning would attend a further meeting to explain how the Council commission providers and hear carers varied experiences,

If you are interested to know more or want to attend future Carers Forums email tony@ccth.org.uk


Important Numbers

Tower Hamlets Council Extremely Vulnerable Person Number: 020 7364 3030

Domestic Violence Duty Line:  020 7364 4986 between 9am – 5pm.

Victim Support:  020 7364 2448/7957


 PPE for Carers

Carers can now access FREE Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies provided by Tower Hamlets Council. The Carers Centre will help you access PPE if you are eligible in the following ways:

  • Carers who provide personal/close contact care to loved ones/cared for’s who live in a different property to their own
  • Carers who live with their loved ones/cared for’s and one or both are classed as having to be shielded and are extremely vulnerable due to a long-term health condition and/or are over 70 years old

You will be given a 2 week supply of PPE and every 2 weeks you will need to contact us so that we can allocate a collection time and date for you to collect another 2 week supply.

The PPE scheme will continue for the foreseeable future so please do take advantage of this great opportunity.

For those who are extremely vulnerable or housebound there are some delivery slots available however these are reserved only for those in need.

Carers requesting PPE E-mail: enquiries@ccth.org.uk or Call 020 7790 1765


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 for coronavirus, alongside ordering a home testing kit. An additional mobile unit will be back near Canary Wharf on Friday 17 July.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please book a test immediately.


 

Stay on top of the guidance to protect yourself and others

A reminder that the government’s guidance on what you should and shouldn’t be doing to help tackle Covid-19 is being regularly reviewed and updated.

Please check the guidance and make sure you’re familiar with the current measures, including details of what is allowed from certain dates throughout July.

As more places begin to reopen, regular handwashing is as important as ever. When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

The government has also announced that it will become compulsory to wear a face covering in shops from Friday 24 July. You can read about this on the BBC News website, and we will update you when further advice is available.

This is in addition to everyone already needing to wear a face covering on public transport, when visiting a hospital or in busy places where social distancing is more difficult.


Welcoming the reopening of faith buildings

We are pleased to see that faith communities are beginning to reopen their buildings for worship in Tower Hamlets.

It has been a long time since people have been able to come together for worship and we are grateful for all the work that has taken place to allow this to happen safely.

The Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum and the council have worked with partners from across our faith communities and Public Health England to provide guidance and training to help keep people safe.

Some places of worship have now reopened, including the East London Mosque, but others are still working on how they can open safely. Please continue to worship at home if your usual faith building is closed.


 We want our Carers to be fit, healthy and happy….

So another week draws to a close and I wondered how people are managing with their health?  You may have noticed there was not a blog entry for Wednesday, this was due to me having to take the day off sick.  I really felt terrible and needed sleep and rest.

I wondered how your health and wellbeing is?  Has it got worse, improved, or remained the same over the last four months?

The Carers Centre wants carers to feedback about what is important to them about their health, what would you like to improve, do you feel that you want to get fitter due to the pandemic, do you worry that your health, activity or caring role disadvantages you?

Pleased click on this link and complete our survey – it will only take 5 minutes.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DK5HNLL


Just wishing everyone a peaceful, safe and happy 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


13th July 2020

As we are coming out of Lockdown the Carers Centre has changed the name of the Blog.  Due to the success of the Blog we are going to continue with it, informing carers of a broad range of issues that are up to date, helpful and help maintain the health and wellbeing of the carers of Tower Hamlets.

As I always mention I would love to hear from carers about their lives, any news that might benefit other carers, services that work or do not work.  It is up to you, just email and we can chat and provide up to date information together tony@ccth.org.uk


Important Numbers

 Tower Hamlets Council Extremely Vulnerable Person Number: 020 7364 3030

Domestic Violence Duty Line:  020 7364 4986 between 9am – 5pm.

Victim Support:  020 7364 2448/7957


PPE for Carers

Carers can now access FREE Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies provided by Tower Hamlets Council. The Carers Centre will help you access PPE if you are eligible in the following ways:

  • Carers who provide personal/close contact care to loved ones/cared for’s who live in a different property to their own
  • Carers who live with their loved ones/cared for’s and one or both are classed as having to be shielded and are extremely vulnerable due to a long-term health condition and/or are over 70 years old

You will be given a 2 week supply of PPE and every 2 weeks you will need to contact us so that we can allocate a collection time and date for you to collect another 2 week supply.

The PPE scheme will continue for the foreseeable future so please do take advantage of this great opportunity.

For those who are extremely vulnerable or housebound there are some delivery slots available however these are reserved only for those in need.

Carers requesting PPE E-mail: enquiries@ccth.org.uk or Call 020 7790 1765


 Universal Credit Reminder

 Conditionality and benefit sanctions to be reintroduced this week, Work and Pensions Secretary confirms

As jobcentres reopen, reinstatement of claimant commitment will form ‘essential part of the contract to help people start to reconsider what vacancies there are’

Conditionality and benefit sanctions are to be reintroduced this week, the Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has confirmed.

As the UK entered lockdown as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government relaxed the rules relating to conditionality requirements in the claimant commitment and, on 19 March 2020, announced that there would be no requirement for people to attend jobcentre appointments for at least three months.

With the temporary suspension expected to expire tomorrow, the Secretary of State was asked in the Commons this afternoon whether it will be extended –

‘At a time when unemployment has risen sharply, the number of vacancies has dropped, people are shielding and schools have not yet gone back, threatening people with reducing their financial support if they do not look for jobs is surely untenable, so will the Secretary of State announce an immediate extension?’

However, as part of the government’s plan to ‘start fully reopening jobcentres in July’, the Secretary of State said –

‘It is important that as the jobcentres fully reopen this week, we reinstate the need for a claimant commitment. It is an essential part of the contract to help people start to reconsider what vacancies there are, but I know that I can trust the work coaches and jobcentre managers, who are empowered to act proactively with people. There will be some people right now who have not had to look for a job for the last 20 to 30 years, and they will need careful support, tailored to make sure they can start to look for the jobs that are available and which I hope will soon become available.’

In response, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Reynolds said –

‘It is incomprehensible that the Government is bringing back conditionality and sanctions. At a time when unemployment has risen sharply, vacancies have dropped, people are still shielding and the schools aren’t back, threatening to reduce people’s financial support is untenable.

What’s more, Job Centre Plus is still lacking guidance on how premises might even open safely. With the unemployment crisis looming, it is alarming that there is no thought being given on how to offer proper support to those seeking work at this time. We need a proper plan from the Government to get Britain back to work – sanctions aren’t the answer.’


Rehab4Addiction

Rehab4Addiction have created resources to assist, increased awareness and understanding of all aspects of coping with the stress of the lockdown and bereavement. With the current coronavirus pandemic, many people who live with depression are struggling to stay afloat during self or mandated isolation.

The aim is that this resource can be one of many steppingstones for those struggling and their loved ones to better understand their situation and lead them to find a supportive and safe environment, especially during these times.

Perhaps you’d be interested in checking out our guide https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/coronavirus/mental-health-coronavirus and including it as an additional resource?

guide about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Book a Covid-19 test if you have symptoms

Mobile NHS Test and Trace centres are operating in the borough in the coming weeks so if you have symptoms or have had contact with someone who has, call 119 or book an appointment online immediately.

It is an essential feature of efforts to keep Tower Hamlets safe and continuing to drive down the rates of infection and transmission. Make sure that you, your family and your friends have the correct information on how it works.


Online summer schools

Young people can take advantage of free courses to improve their tech, design and creative skills this summer.

Open to 12 – 17 year olds, there are a range of interactive classes delivered by organisations such as the BBC, University College London, Studio Wayne McGregor, The Yard Theatre and many more.


 We want our Carers to be fit, healthy and happy….

So another week draws to a close and I wondered how people are managing with their health?  You may have noticed there was not a blog entry for Wednesday, this was due to me having to take the day off sick.  I really felt terrible and needed sleep and rest.

I wondered how your health and wellbeing is?  Has it got worse, improved, or remained the same over the last four months?

The Carers Centre wants carers to feedback about what is important to them about their health, what would you like to improve, do you feel that you want to get fitter due to the pandemic, do you worry that your health, activity or caring role disadvantages you?

Pleased click on this link and complete our survey – it will only take 5 minutes.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DK5HNLL


Just wishing everyone a peaceful, safe and happy 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 – 9.30am – 5pm
Tuesday – 9.30am – 5pm
Wednesday – 9.30am – 7pm
Thursday – 9.30am – 5pm
Friday – 9.30am – 5pm
Second Saturday of the month 11am – 3pm
Sunday – Closed

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