Waste service strike

The waste service strike is now over and we have restarted service from 27 September 2023.

Over the next few weeks, our waste service team and private waste contractors will catch up on missed collections and street cleaning as quickly as possible.

We thank everyone for their patience and apologise for the inconvenience

Find out more

Young carers: support and advice

The Young People Service delivers face to face session with young carers from Haileybury Youth Centre every Monday and Tuesday from 4 - 6pm.

Contact Samantha.anderson@towerhamlets.gov.uk for more information.

What is a Young Carer?

A Young Carer is a person aged 18 or under who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member suffering from any of the following:

  • A long-term illness/condition
    • a physical or learning disability
    • a drug or alcohol problem
    • a mental health condition.

The support provided by a young carer varies but typically it involves a combination of personal (such as helping to dress or bathe them), practical (such as cooking, cleaning and shopping) and emotional care (such as talking through their concerns with them).

According to the last census, in Tower Hamlets there are around 3500 young carers, with many more going unidentified. These young people miss out on valuable experiences and opportunities because of their caring responsibilities.

Download our review of the year 2020/21 for Young Carers Action Day (16 March 2022).

The Young Carers Project

The Young Carers Projectis run by Tower Hamlets Youth Service for all young carers in Tower Hamlets. The project aims to provide young carers the opportunity to take a break from the daily responsibilities of being a carer by interacting with others facing similar challenges.

The group will take part in activities such as art, drama, music, photography, canoeing, biking, climbing, swimming, cinema, bowling, and other activities as decided by the young people who attend.

What is involved in the project?

  • access to weekly respite sessions
  • school holiday activities
  • residential breaks
  • days out
  • 1:1 support

The sessions will run as follows:

Weekly club based sessions are held every week from Hailebury youth centre Ben Jonson Rd, London E1 3NN

  • Mondays, 4–6pm for 8–12 year olds
  • Tuesday, 4–6pm for 13–18 year olds

For more information please contact:

Samantha Anderson
Young Carers Engagement Officer
Tel: 07985 607 928
Email: Samantha.anderson@towerhamlets.gov.uk