Local Link was a consortium of local organisations led by Real DPO. It ran for over eight years and supported thousands of Tower Hamlets residents with information, advice and advocacy. It collectively secured millions of pounds of benefits for eligible residents. 

Local Link is ending on the 16th of July. From 19th July 2021, Local Link has been replaced by a new service called Tower Hamlets Connect. This is a new consortium led by Age UK East London. The partner organisations are Apasen, Bromley By Bow Centre, Deafplus, Island Advice, Limehouse Project, Positive East, Real DPO and Tower Hamlets Law Centre.

To understand the new break down of the services in Tower Hamlets moving forward please see below. 

Information, advice and advocacy Service: For information, advice and non-statutory advocacy, including accessing social care, please contact Tower Hamlets Connect:

Website: www.towerhamletsconnect.org

Email: enquiry@towerhamletsconnect.org

Tel: 0300 303 6070

Statutory Advocacy: If you are a professional wanting to make a statutory advocacy referral please contact POhWER: https://www.pohwer.net/, phone: 0300 456 2370, email: pohwer@pohwer.net.  

  • Care Act Advocacy
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), including DoLS
  • NHS Complaints

Disability Hate Crime advocacy: Real is part of the Communities Against Hate (CATCH) partnership in London. CATCH is a group of charities working to end hate crime. We’re here to give specialist advice and help to people targeted with violence, abuse or harassment because of their race, religion, disability, sexuality or gender identity. CATCH is open to anyone experiencing hate in London.

You can find out more about this here. 

How to contact Real Advocacy moving forward 

If you wish to contact Real, please phone 020 7001 2177 or email real.advocacy@real.org.uk.

You can find out more about Real’s other projects and work here.