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For your information Parking to pest control, housing to hate crime turn to pages 14 & 15 Useful information Conversations at the heart of health News from Tower Hamlets Public Health CAFE conversations and action workshops got the Old Bethnal Green Well London programme off to a great start. The Minerva Community Centre was buzzing for three weeks in July as community volunteers and people from Tower Hamlets Community Housing, University of East London and Tower Hamlets Public Health ran a series of engagement events. Residents, services and voluntary and community organisations came together to answer the question: “What does a healthy Old Bethnal Green look like?” From the responses received from the community, a plan is being drawn up to promote how local people can improve healthy eating, physical activity and mental wellbeing, open spaces and youth employment for themselves and in partnership with other organisations. The Well London programme asks residents to participate in workshops and local conversations to share their views on what would improve their own wellbeing and create projects accordingly. Funding for the programme comes from Tower Hamlets Public Health and the Greater London Authority (GLA) via the Big Lottery. The programme began in 2007 and there are now over 30 successful projects running across London. Areas chosen for the programme are based on the need for local development and high density of population. The approach empowers local people and puts them at the heart of the programmes from both the delivery side and the receiving end. The process ensures activities are based on the needs and strengths of local people and of the surrounding area. The key priorities that emerged from the talks were: bringing the community together and removing barriers to participation, projects that support healthy eating and physical activity, increasing access to information on local activities, improving the environment and developing people’s skills through volunteering and training. Dr Somen Banerjee, director of Public Health, said: “Well London is an approach that works at a neighbourhood level, developing a local community’s potential and linking local services together. It’s fantastic to see so many volunteers getting involved. “The next phase will see the co-ordination of the volunteer delivery team and get them on the exciting training courses provided by the GLA.” Tower Hamlets has successfully delivered projects in the first two phases of Well London in Hind Grove and the current project on the Aberfeldy Estate. For more information on the programme, or to get involved call Brenda Scotland on 7364 0904 or email brenda.scotland @towerhamlets.gov.uk Healthy eating and exercising together Well London aims to increase levels of physical activity, improve healthy eating and mental wellbeing, bring communities together and make better use of open spaces. www.welllondon.org.uk 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 Family Information Service (FIS) The Family Information Service provides information for people from birth to age 19 including helping parents and carers find high quality childcare, advice on tax credits and childcare vouchers. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm. 30 Greatorex Street, E1. fis@towerhamlets.gov.uk 7364 6495 Tower Hamlets Home Birth Support Group Last Thurs of each month, 8pm. 31 Ridgdale Street, E3. 8981 1159 Parents Advice Centre (PAC) Offers impartial 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 Toynbee Hall is one of five network 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 Welfare advice All the organisations listed below can help you with welfare benefits, housing and general debt problems. Account 3 1-9 Birkbeck Street, E2. 7739 7720 www.account3.org.uk Bangladesh Youth Movement 21-23 Henriques St, E1. 7488 1831/2 Bromley by Bow Centre St Leonard’s Street, E3. 8709 9737 www.bbbc.org.uk Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) 32 Greatorex Street, E1. 7247 1050 www.adviceguide.org.uk Island Advice Centre Island House, Roserton Street, Isle of Dogs, E14. 7987 9379 www.island-advice.org.uk Legal Advice Centre University House, 104 Roman Road, E2. 8980 4205 www.legaladvicecentre.org.uk Limehouse Project Cheadle Hall, Cheadle House, Copenhagen Place, E14. 7538 0075 www.limehouseproject.org.uk Praxis (New Residents Service) Pott Street, E2. 7729 7985 www.praxis.org.uk Tower Hamlets Law Centre (specialist advice by appointment and evening legal advice sessions). Tower Hamlets Law Centre, Unit 1, St. Anne’s Street, off 789-791 Commercial Road, E14. 7247 8998 www.thlc.co.uk Debt advice Toynbee Hall Advice Service 28 Commercial Street, E1. 7392 2953 advice@toynbeehall.org.uk www.toynbeehall.org.uk Fair Money Advice 530 Commercial Road, E1. 7702 8032 www.fairfinance.org.uk Island Advice Centre Island House, Roserton Street Isle of Dogs, E14. 7987 9379 www.island-advice.org.uk National Debt line 0808 808 4000 www.nationaldebtline.co.uk Step Change Debt Charity 0800 138 111 www.stepchange.org 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@tower hamlets.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. 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