09 July 2018

Innovative Trust staff have received a national award for their work supporting isolated individuals who care for people with mental health conditions.

The Tower Hamlets Carers Hub team received a Commitment to Carers award at the 2018 RCNi (Royal College of Nursing Institute) Nurse Awards.

The Carers Hub was launched in April 2017 by Carer Liaison Nasima Begum and Senior Nurse Practitioner Hannah Bjorkstrand with support from co-facilitator and peer support worker Naz Islam.

The hub meets at the Community Recovery and Rehabilitation Team base in Old Montague Street and is for the isolated carers of people using Tower Hamlets Primary Care Mental Health Service.

“The hub has been built on one fundamental principle: to make a significant difference however big or small that improves and touches the lives of carers positively when accessing mental health services,” said Nasima.

“We are proud to accept the award on behalf of the real heroes – the carers themselves.”

The safe, supportive space of the hub allows carers to connect with others, focus on their own wellbeing and get practical and emotional support.

Carers are signposted to groups and initiatives and the hub offers wellbeing activities such as yoga and physical health checks and the multicultural community is celebrated at Eid and Christmas parties. Carers give support and advice to each other.

The hub meets on a Wednesday every fortnight but the schedule can be flexible according to carers needs.
More than 500 guests gathered for the awards on Wednesday 4 July at the Westminster Park Plaza.