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Putting Carers on the map: Over twenty thousand unpaid Carers in Tower Hamlets

Carers Centre Tower Hamlets delivered an event to raise awareness of caring and give Carers an opportunity to get pampered and learn about local services.

Posted on: 19 June 2024

The Care Group’s Social Prescribing Service was pleased to support this year’s Carers Centre Tower Hamlets Pamper & Information Day, an opportunity for us to raise awareness of caring and Carers locally.

The theme of the event, which took place during Carers Week (10-16 June 2024), was 'Putting Carers on the Map’. The day was an opportunity for Carers to enjoy some pampering with different wellbeing activities on offer such as reiki, head and shoulder massage and guided meditation. It was an opportunity to learn about local organisations and what they do. In addition to the Care Group other organisations at the event included:the Communities Keeping Well initiative, Alzheimer’s Society, the Limehouse Project, Poplar and Limehouse Health and Wellbeing Network, Early Help and Children and Family services.

The aim of the event was to celebrate the work of 20,000 unpaid Carers in Tower Hamlets. The pressures on carers are vast and their needs of Carers and those they care for are often more than medical. Social prescribing aims to address the social factors affecting health and wellbeing by connecting Tower Hamlets residents to non-medical support available within the borough.

Sahdia Warraich, Social Prescibing Manager at the Care Group and also a Carer, said it was really important to her that the social prescribing service was there with their outreach promotional stall to raise awareness about the service amongst local Carers, especially during Carers week. 

“Carers carry out an important role within the community and need to be supported in every way possible. Unfortunately, they often do not seek help or know where to turn for help, so it was great to tell them about the service today. The Carers Centre is an amazing resource is the borough and it was an excellent opportunity to connect and network with other service providers in the area.”

Where else have you seen us?
As part of our continued commitment to Carers, our Social Prescribing service also made sure that their promotional material was available to 30 Kinship Carers to access at the Kinship Roadshow, that took place in Toynbee Hall on Tuesday 4 June 2024.

Carers in Tower Hamlets
If you’re a Carer in Tower Hamlets take a look at our social prescribing service for more information and resources that may help you, including a self-referral form.

Photo caption: Photo includes Farzana Khanom (left) Locality Health Facilitator (South West -PCN 9) and Sahdia Warraich (right) Social Prescribing Manager (Care Group)