Short Breaks Service

For all Carers registered with The Carers Centre

Carers Forum for All Carers
Held on 2nd Tuesday of each month (except December) 11.30am-1.30pm
A forum for Carers to discuss services provided in Tower Hamlets, influence changes to services, gain information on services that may be useful to themselves or the person they care for.

Speakers from different agencies are invited to attend to provide information to Carers on their services. Other agencies also consult with the Carers Forum when considering making changes to their services, to obtain Carer’s views on those changes.

The forum is chaired by a local Carer and Carers choose the items for the agenda for each meeting. It is their meeting and wherever possible, any forum decisions are made only by the Carers attending the meeting.

Although The Carers Forum is facilitated by staff it is not run by staff,  who attend to record the minutes of the meeting, provide advice and information to members and interpret for non English speaking members.

Art & Crafts Group
Held on 1st Tuesday of each month (except December) 11am – 1pm
An informal social group where you can have a go at drawing or painting, learn to make a rug or your own greetings cards, bring your own crafts and /or show others how to do them or just come along & relax in the company of other Carers.

Former Carers Coffee Morning
Held on 2nd Thursday of each month (except December) 10am – 12.30pm
A coffee morning for people who have stopped caring for someone else during the last 2 years but still have a need for information, advice and support in moving on from being an unpaid Carer.

Carers Support Group
Held on 1st Tuesday of each month (except December) 1.15pm – 2.30pm
An informal social group for any Carer.

Relaxation Days
Held on last Wednesday of every month (except December) 10am-3pm
Every day of the year, you care for someone else so drop in (no need to book) and…

  • join us for the day or just a couple of hours
  • to give yourself a break from your caring role,
  • Relax,
  • have a light lunch prepared by staff,
  • socialise with other Carers, share tips & experiences
  • and experience the soothing, stress reducing effects of a free complementary therapy provided by independent, fully qualified therapists, (see therapies section below)
  • talk to staff, if you need information or advice. The Carers Centre staff team are all involved in Relaxation Day events.

Therapies
You can choose from a massage, reflexology or an acupuncture session. 24 therapy sessions are available at each Relaxation Day so you do need to book a therapy in advance on Tel: 020 7791 5577

Please note that:

  • Only the Carers Centre Team will be able to book/confirm a therapy appointment for you
  • To ensure fair access to all Carers, No member of Staff is able to accept a booking for a therapy during either Relaxation Day or Therapy Day events
  • You cannot make a therapy booking on behalf of another Carer under any circumstances.

Therapy Days
Held on 2nd Monday of every month (except December) 10am -3pm

An alternative service offering:-
a free complementary therapy provided by independent, fully qualified therapists
Free for those who cannot spare the time to attend Relaxation Days but would like just a therapy and the opportunity to speak to staff, if needed.

You can choose from a massage, reflexology or an acupuncture session. 24 therapy sessions are available at each Therapy Day so you do need to book your therapy in advance on Tel: 020 7791 5577

Please note that:

  • Only the Carers Centre Team will be able to book or confirm a therapy appointment for you.
  • To ensure fair access to all Carers, No member of Staff is unable to accept a booking for a therapy during either Relaxation Day or Therapy Day events
  • You cannot make a therapy booking on behalf of another Carer under any circumstances.

Carers IT suite
9.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. No need to book!
Open to novice & experienced computer users. 8 computers / individual booths are available on a first come first served basis. Free of charge to registered Carers.

Help yourself to refreshments- tea, coffee and a water dispenser are always available

Please note that our computer suite equipment may not be used to run your own business under any circumstances as this…

  • restricts computer availability to others
  • may confer legal liability for your business upon The Carers Centre which we cannot and will not accept under any circumstances.

Basic Computer Training
Held on 3rd Thursday of every month (except December) 11am -1pm
(or ask a member of staff at other times if you just need to be shown how to do something on a computer.)

This is provided by staff to enable you to learn to:

  • create a Word document e.g. create a letter,
  • save a file to a computer or your own memory stick for your own records,
  • print a document,
  • set up a web based email account to enable you to keep in touch with friends & family surf the Internet where you can obtain almost any information you may need on any subject, e.g health conditions, medications
  • use comparison sites to check the best prices for electricity & gas, insurance, phone suppliers, etc look for a holiday
  • bid on local properties where you have pre-registered for a tenancy transfer
  • even browse the Art Galleries of the world if you feel like it. Go where you want to go the world is your oyster if you can use the Internet.

Social Events
We also hold Christmas and Eid parties for Carers.
Occasional trips out during the year e.g. coach trips to the seaside

Details of forthcoming events will be advertised on this web page, in our latest quarterly newsletter posted on the Newsletter page and also mailed out to every Carer registered with The Carers Centre.