Covid-19 testing and vaccinations, job opportunities, free support for business owners

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Covid Testing advice

Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives

We are still in a national lockdown, and everyone must continue to stay at home and only leave for limited reasons. Full details of what you can and cannot do are available on the council website.

Remember that testing remains one of the best ways to protect you and your loved ones. Test centres are open across Tower Hamlets for people with Covid-19 symptoms, and appointments can be booked online or by calling 119. Rapid tests, which can indicate whether someone might have the virus but show no symptoms, are also available for key workers, those who cannot work from home, and people who live with anyone in these groups. 

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Vaccine information

Be ready for the Covid-19 vaccine

The Covid-19 vaccine is currently being rolled out in phases, with the most at-risk groups being vaccinated first. We’ll keep you updated as new groups become eligible for vaccination.

You will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn to get the Covid-19 vaccine, but in the meantime, be ready and find out about the vaccine. The vaccine offers the best protection against Covid-19. None of the approved vaccines contain any animal products or egg.

Vaccine information >

Covid 19 day of enforcement action

Fines worth nearly £40,000 issued for Covid-19 breaches

Last weekend, more than 140 fines totalling £39,000 were issued in Tower Hamlets and Hackney in response to numerous breaches of Covid-19 regulations. Officers from the council were on patrol to support local police officers to tackle breaches of the rules, offer support, and answer queries from businesses and residents.

On Friday night police officers were called to a house party in Brick Lane following reports from neighbours of loud music. After gaining entry, more than 40 people were found inside, and officers issued fines and dispersed the group.

Please follow the rules - they exist to save lives and protect the NHS. We will continue to work alongside local police to enforce the Covid-19 lockdown so we can keep Tower Hamlets safe.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

People in Tower Hamlets are being asked to reflect on the depth humanity can sink to, and act as "light in the darkness" as the council supports a programme of virtual activities to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January.

Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the millions of people murdered under Nazi persecution and in the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

Commemorative activities include film screenings and an inter-faith memorial event.

Further info >

Recover & Grow business support

Recover & Grow business support

If you’re a small to medium sized business owner looking to navigate the impact of Covid-19 and set a road­map for the future, Recover & Grow will help you build your confidence and technical knowledge. This free, intensive programme is designed to fit in with the busiest of schedules.

To apply for Recover & Grow:

  • your business should have a turnover of at least £450,000 per annum;
  • you need to be based in Greater London, have been operating for three years and usually employ between 10 and 50 people; and
  • you should be ready to invest the time in looking critically at your business and identifying your vision for the future.

You'll need to make an application by 31 January 2021 to confirm your eligibility, so find out more today.

Apply today >

Women's History Month Photo Exhibition

Women’s History Month Photo-Open - call for entries

Women’s History Month in East London is calling for entries from women photographers for the Women’s History Month Photo-Open, which will be exhibited online.

Images celebrating women’s lives can portray a wide range of subjects including portraits, documentary images of women at work, at home, at play, demonstrations, performances, sport, creativity, and celebrations. The subject is open to interpretation and may be captured in a single image or a series of images. Up to five images may be submitted.

Entry is free and open to all kinds of photographers, professional and non-professional, students, young people, and community projects/workshops.

Find out more and enter >

New Mums survey

Have your say on women’s health services

Tower Hamlets Women's Health group is looking for feedback from local women regarding the type of health care they need and how they would like to access it. This anonymous survey is open to all women of Tower Hamlets aged between 14-60.

Share your views >

Census 2021 Job opportunities

Census 2021 job opportunities

Census Day on Sunday 21 March is fast approaching and the Census 2021 team are hiring thousands of people in a range of flexible temporary roles to make the census a success.

The census takes place every 10 years to provide a detailed picture of local communities across the country, which then helps to plan and fund future public services. That’s why it’s really important that in Tower Hamlets we have a high and accurate census return to make sure we get our fair share of future investment and improved public services.

Jobs offer flexible working options and pay at least the London Living Wage. The Census 2021 team will also ensure full Covid-19 safety training and support, including providing protective equipment if required for certain roles.

Job opportunities >

Poplar and Isle of Dogs skyline

Help shape the Poplar and Isle of Dogs community

Do you live or work in Poplar or the Isle of Dogs? Would you like to have your say on new developments, planning applications and related community benefits?

If you’re interested and are able to commit some of your time, find out more on our website, email usor call 020 3971 6167.

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Library service consultation

Share your views on library services

There's still have time to take part in our consultation on how we should deliver library services in the future. The survey is open to all residents and anyone who uses our Idea Stores and libraries.

If you need help filling in the survey or would like a hard copy call 020 7364 0237. The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 29 January.

Take part >

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