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Real Weekly Covid-19 Bulletin

Priority Covid-19 Information (8th April)   Local update: 82,196 residents have now been vaccinated with their first dose in Tower Hamlets. Step 2 out of lockdown: This week the government confirmed England will see more restrictions lifted on the 12th April. This includes the opening of non-essential retail, indoor leisure facilities and libraries. Read more about what you can and can’t […]

Real weekly Covid-19 Bulletin 

Priority Covid-19 Information (1st April)   Local update: 77,949 residents have now been vaccinated with their first dose in Tower Hamlets. Shielding to end from 1st April: Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England have been told they no longer need to shield from Thursday 1st April. People on the shielded patient list are advised they can follow national […]

Real weekly Covid-19 Bulletin

Priority Covid-19 Information (25th March)   Local update – 69,364 residents have now been vaccinated with their first dose in Tower Hamlets. Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective – Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective and give people the best protection against Covid-19. In Tower Hamlets, the AstraZeneca vaccine continues to be used. In response […]

Real weekly Covid-19 Bulletin

Priority Covid-19 Information (19th March)     Local update: 57,183 residents have now been vaccinated with their first dose in Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets COVID 19 vaccination scheme for PAs: Tower Hamlets have decided that the recipients of direct payments can get vaccinated at the same time as their PAs. Real has been working closely with the […]

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Low Traffic Neighbourhoods need more engagement with disabled people to improve accessibility

Summary A new report, by Transport for All, shows disabled people have not been properly involved in designing Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Far too often other people have chosen to speak on disabled people’s behalf and used disability access to support their side of the argument. Real is calling for meaningful and effective engagement with disabled […]

Real’s Christmas closure and where you can get help

Season’s Greetings to everyone, and let’s hope 2021 is an easier year for us all! Real will be closing for the Christmas period from 4pm on Thursday 24 December, reopening on Monday 4 January. Some staff will be taking annual leave and finishing earlier. Below you will find information on each of our key services […]

Real gives evidence to Tower Hamlets Council on loneliness, disabled people and COVID 19

Tonight, at the Tower Hamlets Council COVID 19 Local Engagement Board (part of the Health and Wellbeing Board), Real were asked to present information on loneliness as it affects disabled people in Tower Hamlets, and how things have changed as a result of COVID 19. Real’s CEO, Mike Smith, presented to the Mayor (John Biggs), […]

Working towards Real rights, Real access and Real inclusion

Our CEO, Mike Smith, has written an article for International Day of Disabled People. This year the theme is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID 19 World”. In the article Mike talks about: the impact of COVID 19, COVID 19 being the tip of the iceberg (of the problems disabled […]

Statement on Real’s involvement with Liveable Streets

Real has received enquiries about our involvement in the public consultations by Tower Hamlets Council in respect of their Liveable Streets initiative. It would appear that there is some misinformation on this in the public domain and we consider it important to set the record straight. This statement is to clarify the involvement that Real […]

EVENTS 11th June Tower Hamlets Social Care Consultation 12th June Disability Hate Crime Round Table Disability and Faith Hate Crime discussion (some fab speakers) 30th June Local Voices Outreach Stall at Summer Bandstand Pride Picnic Victoria Park LGBT Pride event – in partnership with Tower Hamlets LGBT Community Forum. 3rd July Local […]

Feedback from our “Real opportunities for all” conference and AGM

We had a great day on 10 April for our “Real opportunities for all” conference, which incorporated our AGM and our Spring Local Voices network gathering. We had around fifty people join us for the event, together with six partners who brought information stalls. It was good to welcome John Sharp onto the board of […]

Real’s partners’ Christmas opening hours

Real will be closed form 4pm on Monday 24th December 2018 until 10am on Wednesday 2nd January 2018. Our Local Link partners have different opening hours over this period. Please see them below:       Apasen Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Open from 10am – 4pm on other weekdays […]

Charging for social care – special update

Everyone who was assessed to see if they were liable to contribute towards the cost of their social care will have received a letter telling them the outcome of their assessment. At Real, we have had lots of clients contact us to let us know that they have been told they need to pay more […]

Discussion about Faith and Disability Hate Crime

On Thursday 21st June 2018 Real is hosting it’s third Disability Hate Crime Round Table event at Jack Dash House. Guest speakers include: David Wilkins from Leicester University (talking about his research into Disability Hate Crime on public transport), Iman from Tell Mama and Jonny Newton from Community Security Trust.

Further free training dates confirmed for PADE UP

More free training dates have been announced for PADE UP To find out more about PADE UP visit our information page here. Havering  DATE: Wednesday, 14th March WHEN:         11.00am until 2.00pm WHERE:        Romford Salvation Army, High Street, Romford, RM1 1JJ To book your place go to or call Havering’s direct payment team on 01708 432503 Hackney DATE: Thursday, 15th March […]

Proposals to extend Blue Badge eligibility to people with non-physical conditions

  The government are proposing changing the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme to include people with non-physical conditions. This is part of the government’s objective to ensure that those people with the greatest need have access to badges, whilst ensuring the scheme remains sustainable. The Blue Badge scheme plays a vital role in allowing […]

Real Action Against Disability Hate Crime Roundtables

  Real Action Against Disability Hate Crime Real’s Action Against Disability Hate Crime Project is funded for two years by Trust for London. We currently have one year’s funding left. The primary aim of the project is to set up Jack Dash House as a third party Disability Hate Crime Reporting Centre, and to develop Disability Hate […]


      On 31st January, Real and Tower Hamlets council are running this FREE event – register now and come along! DATE: Wednesday, 31st January WHEN: 11.00am until 1.30pm WHERE: Professional Development Centre 229 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6AB   Tower Hamlets PA finder is a free service connecting people seeking a personal assistant. PAs […]

Find out what’s going on at Real in December

December Newsletter 2017

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