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Stay Healthy

Keeping our minds and bodies active is definitely more of a challenge for all of us at the moment. 
Whether you want relax, dance around the living room, find a #staythome hobby or a healthy recipe, being an Idea Store member gives you access to a huge range of FREE ebooks, audiobooks and magazines that can help.

We have a huge range of self-help, wellness, mindfulness, exercise and healthy eating books available online, Plus free music download service where you can make a playlist of your favourite mood lifting music. 

Simply join here and explore, by downloading the Idea Store app or have look around the website to find everything you need.

Tower Hamlets Council

You can also find lots of essential information on the Tower Hamlets website
Resources to help you stay well and healthy during lockdown.

Phone line

People at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus and extremely vulnerable residents can call the council on 020 7364 3030.
This number is for Tower Hamlets residents, their families or their carers to let the council know if they have any urgent requirements.

The line can also be used to discuss any concerns around social isolation and help people may need with food supplies, access to medication or worries about debt, for example. For more information click here.


While we’re closed, the usual Community Navigator health advice sessions in Idea Stores are moving online to give one to one support. Community Navigators can help with:

•    Advice on keeping safe and healthy
•    Information about how the Council can help you
•    Information about other services and groups that can give support, including foodbanks, voluntary groups, financial advice services

They are also able to give extra support to vulnerable or isolated residents, for example making phone calls or emailing on their behalf.

If you would like to contact a Community Navigator email:

Wellbeing wheel

If you need a bit more focussed support to set some wellness goals during this time, you can visit Tower Hamlets Wellbeing Wheel page 
The wellbeing wheel has been designed to help you set clear goals, find support to improve your wellbeing and provide you with information to help you achieve them. 

Violence Against Women and Girls

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) services are still in operation. Please see the attached information for all support available. [PDF]

In an emergency you should always call 999 If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999, and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.
Pregnant or have children under the age of four? You could qualify if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18