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Who can be called a carer? A carer is anyone who regularly looks after someone who is too ill, disabled, or frail to manage alone. The council can provide support through care at home, day services, or direct payments. The right support There are more than 20,000 carers in the borough and the council works to ensure they have the right support. News Students from Redbridge College prepared the food JUGGLINGwork and family commitments to care for a relative or friend can be extremely challenging. Because of the time and energy they give to looking after their loved ones, it can be hard for carers to pursue a life of their own without the right support in place. But last Monday, February 10, carers from across the borough were treated to a free pampering day at the Mile End Ecology Pavilion. Taster sessions and demonstrations took place throughout the day such as line dancing courtesy of dancing queen Joyce Whip and a seated yoga session with Astra Farquharson. Providing services were Gill Forward from the council’s occupational health with visitor Tarib Miah Abul Khayer enjoys some refreshment The council organised a pamper day to give back to the residents who selflessly care for friends or relatives, as Shalina Hussain reports. Photos by Rehan Jamil. Go on, pamper yourselves! Treat day thankyou for borough’s dedicated carers MindBody Therapy with massage therapists, chiropodists, reflexologists, nail and beauty therapists. There are more than 20,000 carers in the borough and the council works with agencies to ensure they have access to the right support. Twelve organisations supported the pamper day including the Health Check for Carers, LinkAge Plus and Family Action. Carer Afnam Begum, 29, from Bethnal Green, looks after her mother-in-law who is wheelchair bound and needs 24-hour care. She said: “It was good to come down and talk to other carers and share experiences.” Thomas Cummings, from the Isle of Dogs, who looks after his friend and her son, praised Family Action Tower Hamlets for the wealth of support they have provided. “The pamper day was a brilliant idea and I have met lots of people who are in similar situations. I also found about the Carers Centre which sounds really useful,” he said. Foster carer Pauline Renda, 50, who also cares for her son, added: “It has been lovely to be able to recharge your batteries and meet other carers. It’s nice to have a bit of ‘me’ time once in a while.” Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “Carers carry out invaluable work and are our unsung heroes of the community. The pamper day was a way for us to show our appreciation and thank them for the hard work they do day in day out.” Cllr Abdul Asad, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, added: “Being a carer can take its toll juggling work and care, and it is essential they are supported so that they do not sacrifice their own health or education as a result.” (Above) Thomas Cummings looks after his friend and her son (Right) Chris from Create Day Centre (Left) Mayor Rahman with the Miah family A therapist from Mindbody gives a carer a massage 17 – 23 FEBRUARY 2014 N E W S F R O M T OWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 7


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