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For your information Parking to pest control, housing to hate crime turn to pages 14 & 15 Useful information Help for young victims of abuse News from Andy Bamber, the council’s head of safer communities OUR second series of ward walkabouts is successfully helping to tackle community safety issues across the borough. Seventeen walkabouts have been scheduled in total – one for every ward in the borough. They were launched in October in East India & Lansbury, following a successful first series of walkabouts earlier year. At each walkabout councillors, police and council officers, other professionals and residents visit anti-social behaviour hotspots and discuss what is being done to address behaviour problems in that area, and what more can be done. The main strength of the walkabouts is that they allow us to see exactly what is happening out there on the street, and to take direct action as a result of the issues people raise. They also give us an understanding of how things differ across the borough’s various neighbourhoods. So far nine walks out of 17 have been completed, resulting in the council and partners taking action such as applying for anti-social behaviour orders, conducting regular patrols, mending CCTV cameras, cleaning away graffiti and installing barriers and anti-climb paint, improving lighting and cutting shrubbery to make particular areas safer. The next walkabout will take place on February 21 in Mile End and Globe Town, meeting at 4pm at Queen Mary University. We hope to see lots of residents there on the day. In recent weeks we have also renewed our call for the eradication of violence against women and girls – an issue brought sharply into focus by Valentine’s Day last week. Valentine’s Day is presented as a day of romance and love, but in abusive relationships romance and ‘love’ can be used as excuses for controlling behaviour and even violence. Council officers have been running workshops in schools, youth centres and other youthfocused settings to help young people recognise the signs of abuse and know how to access support if they experience domestic abuse themselves. They have also been encouraged to sign a pledge to never ignore and never condone abuse amongst their peers and to promise to never abuse others. We have been focusing on young people, as it is often forgotten that these crimes don’t just happen to adults; young people are just as likely to find themselves trapped in damaging and abusive relationships. Research over the past five years has shown that young people experience abuse as much as adults but it is often minimised due to their lack of experience in relationships. In fact, emotional abuse is experienced by up to three quarters of young people and physical abuse by over a quarter of young women. Domestic abuse, whilst often considered to only include physical abuse, can include a person using threatening and coercive behaviour towards their partner, sexual abuse, preventing their partner from seeing or contacting friends or managing their own finances, or humiliating their partner in front of other people. If you, a friend or a family member are experiencing any of these issues you can get further information by calling the council’s domestic violence team on 0800 279 5434 (from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday) or by email domesticviolence @towerhamlets.gov.uk Help and support can also be provided by local and national organisations whose information can be provided by the team. In an emergency, call the police on 999. Stamping out domestic violence We have been focusing on young people, as these crimes don’t just happen to adults; young people are just as likely to find themselves trapped in damaging and abusive relationships. see below Chemist rota Pharmacists in Tower Hamlets with extended opening hours. E1 ABC Drug Stores, 12-14 Montague Street: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-2.30pm. Beck & Sherman, 197 Whitechapel Road: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm, bank holidays 11am-1pm. Sainsbury’s, The Albion Brewery: Mon-Fri 8.30am- 10pm, Sat 7.30am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Chapel, 139 Cannon Street: Mon- Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-6pm. E2 Fairdale, 360 Bethnal Green Road: Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-6.30pm, Thurs 9am-1pm, Sat 9am-6pm, bank holidays 11am-2pm. Florida, 307 Bethnal Green Road: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, bank holidays 11am-2pm. E3 Bell, 534 Roman Road: Mon-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 10am-2pm. Forward, 648 Mile End Road: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am- 6pm, Sun and bank holidays 10am-6pm. Green Light, St Andrew’s Health Centre, 2 Hannaford Walk: 8am-8pm, seven days a week, including bank holidays. Lincoln, 60 St Paul’s Way: Mon, Tues, Weds 8am-8pm, Thurs, Fri, 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm. Tesco, Hancock Road: Mon 8am-10.30pm, Tues-Fri 6.30am-10.30pm, Sat 6.30am- 10pm, Sun 11am-4pm. E14 Boots, Unit 15, Jubilee Place: Mon-Fri 7am-midnight, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. Britannia (Perimart), Asda Precinct, East Ferry Road: Mon- Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-4pm, bank holidays 11am-6pm. Doctors Please ring your doctor’s surgery for an appointment, but if it’s the weekend or late at night, call 7377 7151 (only for people in Tower Hamlets who are registered with a doctor). To find a doctor, dentist or help to quit smoking call the health hotline on 7364 5016, Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Sat 8am-4pm. Advice East London Parkinson’s Support Group For people with Parkinson’s disease and their carers. Meets third Tuesday each month, 11am at John Scurr Community Centre, 1A Bekesbourne St, E14. 0844 225 3704/0808 800 0303 Family Information Service (FIS) Information for people from birth to age 19 (or 25 for those with additional needs) including helping to find childcare, advice on tax credits and childcare vouchers. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, Poplar, E14 fis@towerhamlets.gov.uk 7364 6495 Alzheimer’s Society Tower Hamlets Advice and help for carers and people with dementia. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Robinson Centre, Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Road, E1. 8121 5626 Tower Hamlets Advocacy Project Independent advocates for adults with learning disabilities. Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4.30pm. Gladstone Place, 1 Ewart Place, E3. 7364 2550/2199 Parents Advice Centre (PAC) Offers advice around special educational needs (SEN). 30 Greatorex Street, E1. Drop-in sessions every Tues, 9.30am- 3.30pm & Fri, 9:30am-1pm. 7364 6489 LinkAge Plus An initiative of the Department for Work and Pensions. Toynbee Hall is one of five centres that coordinates services and activities provided. Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm, dropin session for advice on benefits, pensions, employment and housing. Appointments necessary. Mon 9am-5pm, Bangladeshi group. Toynbee Hall, Commercial Street, E1 7392 2914 www.toynbeehall.org.uk Free Advice Benefits, housing, immigration. Bengali speakers, home visits to house-bound. Weds, 10.30am- 12.30pm, Island House, Roserton Street, E14. Thurs, 1-3pm, Splash, Will Crooks Estate, Poplar High Street, E14. 7987 9379 Skillsmatch Free advice on all aspects of employment including training, apprenticeships and job vacancies. Canary Wharf Recruitment & Training Centre, 8 Heron Quays, E14. 7364 3727 or email skillsmatch @towerhamlets.gov.uk Tower Hamlets National Childbirth Trust Offers support, information and friendship to parents and parents-to-be. Regular events. 07976 710964 or towerhamletsnct@yahoo.com www.nct.org.uk Breastfeeding Support Centres Mon 11am-1pm Wapping Children’s Centre, 15 Chandler St, E1.Weds 12.30-2.30pm, Collingwood Children’s Centre, Buckhurst St, E1. Fri 12.30- 2.30pm, Overland Children’s Centre, 60 Parnell Rd, E3. Sun 2-4pm Barkantine Birth Centre, 121 Westferry Rd, E14. 3594 2591 or 07961 609 626 Families with Autism Spark Centre, Smart Street, E2. 8981 4924 fwautism@btinternet.com Free home fire safety advice From the London Fire Brigade 08000 28 44 28 Careers advice Tower Hamlets Careers Service Careers advice for ages 13-19 (up to 25 SEN). Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm. Appointments available. Careers Centre, 35 Bow Road, E3. 7364 1401 TH Lifelong Learning Mon-Thurs, 10am-4pm. Shadwell Centre, 455 The Highway, E1. Careers advice Support from Civic Enterprise Clubs Co-operative. Tues & Thurs, 1-4pm & 6-9pm Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2. 07432 463343 Photo order form Copies of pictures published in East End Life taken by council photographers are available to readers. To request a copy, email eastendlife.news@towerhamlets.gov.uk and we can send it straight away. If you do not have access to email fill in this form and send it to Photos, East End Life, Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, Poplar, E14 2BG. This service does take longer. Name Address Issue no. Page no. 8 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 17 – 23 FEBRUARY 2014


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