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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 […]

Mental Health Awareness Day: A story from our Real Comms and Marketing Coordinator

To mark Mental Health Awareness Day our comms and marketing coordinator talks about her experience of mental health. She considers the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which is ‘Mental Health for All’.   My Story I have had depression since I was 13. I got better when I was 23 but then […]

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

Social Care Information Event – 22nd November

  Do you have questions about how you can access the social support you need? If so, come along to the Social Care Information Event organised by Local Link. You will be able to find out more about:   The assessment process Reablement Being charged for social care Support you can get from Local Link   […]

Real Hosts Pan-London Disability Hate Crime Awareness Event

Real Action Against Disability Hate Crime disability hate crime awareness event  #NHCAW 12 October 2017 hosted by Real and HEAR Charities Against Hate Crime   On 12 October 2017 Real, together with HEAR Charities Against Hate Crime, hosted a pan-London Disability Hate Crime awareness event at Jack Dash House. The event aimed to bring together […]

Find out what’s going on at Real in October

October Newsletter 2017 pdf  

Real Day of Peace to combat disability hate crime in Tower Hamlets on 21st September

   Press Release: for immediate release   Real Day of Peace to combat disability hate crime in Tower Hamlets on 21st September   Tower Hamlets, London, September 21, 2017 – Real DPO and the Local Voices Network have teamed up to celebrate UN Peace Day by hosting a community safety event on 21st September, 10am […]

Find out what’s going on at Real in September

  September Newsletter 2017 Pdf

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