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How you can help

As the impact of coronavirus spreads across the country, community support groups and residents across the borough are coming together to support vulnerable individuals who need extra help during this difficult time.

Please read on if you want to find out more about how you can help your neighbours and the wider community.

Our role

The council works closely with the voluntary and community sector in Tower Hamlets. We know many of these organisations are making arrangements to support people who need extra help.

To help support this vital work we are letting people know how they can get involved.

How you can volunteer

If you are an individual who would like to volunteer to help those who are older or more vulnerable, or who may be self-isolating, you can offer support through the Tower Hamlets Volunteer Centre. 

The Volunteer Centre are now recruiting people to help with the response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you would like to register, you can sign up on their website.

If you do not want to officially register to volunteer, we are asking our residents to safely check in on their neighbours, or friends and family who might need some extra help.

Volunteer safely

Many people are coming together to play their part and help provide essential support to friends, family and vulnerable individuals. Read updated government guidance on how you can help and importantly, how you can do this safely. Always keep up to date with the latest NHS advice.

Support local food banks

Foodbanks will be a lifeline for many people and are already helping to supply and deliver food to people who can’t get out, either because they are self-isolating or are considered at high risk of coronavirus.

Two local organisations, Bow Food Bank and the First Love Foundation, are asking for donations to help them buy and deliver food to those most in need in Tower Hamlets.

If you would like to and are able to, you can donate to the Bow Food Bank and First Love Foundation online.

Become a carer

Our care providers are urgently looking for people to be part of the incredible teams providing care and support to some of our most vulnerable residents.

Whether you already have experience in a caring role or are just passionate about helping those who need support, we need you!

There are a range of paid work opportunities available and care providers are looking for both short and long-term staff. Job vacancies include:

  • Home Care Worker: working for care provider to provide care in people’s houses
  • Personal Care Assistant: working for individuals to provide care in their home via Direct Payments
  • Extra Care Support Worker: providing care to people who live in supported housing
  • Residential Care Worker: providing care to people who live in residential care homes

To express your interest or find out more information, call our Care Worker Recruitment hotline on 020 7364 2280 or email CareWorkerRecruitment@towerhamlets.gov.uk