Healthy Lives Newsletter - Monday 6 July

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The Healthy Lives Team supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We are incredibly proud in Tower Hamlets to have supported schools to gain more Healthy Schools awards than any other borough in London. So please use this newsletter in whatever way suits you best to stay as fit and healthy as possible.

If you're in a school, please share this newsletter using your social media or website using the following share button, or you can click the hyperlink in the top right corner of this email:

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Just to let you know, you're receiving this because you have either opted in to get emails from the council relating to children and education, or you are one of the Healthy Lives team's regular contacts, or you may also have been forwarded this email from your school.

If you know anyone who would like to sign up to this newsletter, please send them the following link. They will need to close the initial pop-up subscription box and complete the one on the main webpage.  They will then need to choose Children and Education as their preferred topic:

Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Here's a selection of fun activities for you and your family...

Holiday Childcare Scheme

New Summer dates announced for Holiday Childcare Scheme

The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme will be open week days from Monday 27 July to Friday 21 August. Booking opens today, Monday 6 July, at 12 noon.

Places are limited, and due to current restrictions, we have less capacity than usual. Places are to be awarded on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

Register and book your place now >


The Voices Foundation

The Voices Foundation is an award-winning national charity which use the power of singing to improve the lives of children and young people in the UK. Their aim is to improve musical, educational and personal outcomes for children aged 0-18 through singing.  They offer schools a range of school packages.

The charity has adapted to utilise YouTube as a platform to deliver music education to as many children as possible during social distancing. Their channel on YouTube includes:

  • Into Choral – High energy choral sessions for children and teachers in schools which includes vocal warm-ups and songs from around the world.
  • Into Music – aimed at which demystifying musical ideas for beginners, children and parents.
  • Virtual Sing – over 30+, 10-15-minute uplifting singing assemblies for children, parents and teachers led by The Voices Foundation staff.

In-school packages & training >  You Tube >

Place 2 Be

A selection of assembly ideas and class-based activities from Place2Be

These resources from Place2Be aim to support your school community as it comes back together. They have split these resources into four themes: self-efficacy, hope, gratitude and connectedness. The assembly and class/group ideas are intended to be used as a starting point to promote “emotional wellbeing, resilience and recovery”.

Their website provides further advice and updates on how to access their support services.

   Place 2 Be >


Maudsley Charity

Animated parenting tips for struggling households

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) King’s College London, South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust and Maudsley Charity have worked together to create a series of films to help families struggling during this current situation.

‘Families Under Pressure’ is a series of twelve short films offering parenting tips featuring the recognisable voices of a host of well-known parents including Olivia Colman, Rob Brydon and Holly Willoughby.

Families under pressure >

Nip in the bud

Parent and teacher support with returning to school anxiety

The charity Nip in the Bud has produced a short film and fact sheet to help parents and teachers deal with any potential feelings of apprehension and anxiety that children may experience on returning to school, providing important but easy to follow advice.

Nip in the Bud provides free resources about mental health awareness for primary school teachers and parents. Their short films and fact sheets can be accessed freely on their website.

Nip in the bud >

And remember...

Shawn Mullins

Shawn Mullins

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The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at home with your children, working from home or at school. 

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Coronavirus updates and advice

The council is supporting the nation's efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus, while running our most critical services and supporting our residents, including those that are vulnerable.  

We are regularly publishing advice for residents, local businesses and more at 

We are also sharing updates with our subscribers in regular emails, and publishing stories on social media using #TowerHamletsTogether.

Sign up to our 'health and wellbeing - coronavirus' newsletter to get regular updates delivered to your inbox.

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Stay at home

More on staying healthy, happy and entertained at home

In addition to the highlights featured here, the council has put together a whole host of resources to help families and individuals stay happy, healthy and entertained while they spend more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From online Idea Store materials to educational activities, learning a new skill or hobby, taking a virtual museum or zoo tour, keeping fit or just having pure fun, we've got it all in one place.

More activities and resources >

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