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 and alternative sources of help.

Information, advice, advocacy and safeguarding (Local Link)

Local Link’s information line is closed from 4pm on Thursday 24 December and re-opens on Monday 4 January. We have a reduced number of staff between Monday 21 December and Thursday 24 December so it may take a little longer to get back to you.

Two of the Local Link partner organisations are open on 29, 30 and 31 December if you need information, advice or advocacy support for an issue, including benefits, housing and social care. You can contact Apasen on 020 7001 2266 or; or Age UK East London on 020 8981 7124 or

If you have a safeguarding concern for someone at risk in Tower Hamlets, please contact Tower Hamlets Adult Social Care on 020 7364 5005 or

For details of other Tower Hamlets advice providers please visit the THCAN website 

Taking Control of Your Life

This project has reduced staff availability from Monday 21 December and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 23 December.

Local Voices

We are pleased that this project will be continuing up until March 2021. We will announce a number of events and activities in early January.

‘THEN and NOW’ Inclusive Employment Project 

Both staff on this project will be on leave from the end of Friday 18 December.

In the meantime, if you are interested in attending the next meetings of either our Tower Hamlets Employers Network (THEN) or our Network of Workers (NOW) Co-production group, please see more details below, save the dates and complete our registration forms to receive invites to these online sessions in the new year.

(THEN) Training Workshop– ‘Recruitment – Removing Disabling Barriers in the Recruitment Process’ – Wednesday 27th January 2.00PM – 4.00PM

(THEN) Tower Hamlets Employers Network Registration Form

(NOW) Co-production Workshop – ‘Our Message to Employers’ – Tuesday 9th February – 2 – 3 pm

(NOW) Network of Workers Registration Form

We want to include everyone, no matter what their access needs. If you have any access needs for online meetings, viewing PowerPoint, or taking part in group discussions – please let us know as soon as possible. This is in confidence and so we can talk to you in advance of the workshop about how we can adapt things to meet your needs.