Healthy Lives - Holiday Hunger Programme, primary and secondary selfcare, international penpals and bereavement support

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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 hunger

Food support for families over the summer

From Monday 3 August to Friday 28 August prepared meals will be available to collect from various locations in Tower Hamlets. Families will also be able to collect activity packs full of ideas, advice and inspiration to keep them active and eating well this summer.

Simply turn up at one of the centres below, where you will be asked to register before you collect your food. Priority will be given to those receiving Free School Meals and families with school-aged children that need food.

All centres are open from 12-2.30pm:

- Harford Street Multi-centre, near Ocean Estate E1 4FG - Monday to Friday

- Isle of Dog's Children's Centre, Stebondale Street E14 3BX - Monday, Wednesday, Friday

- Meath Gardens Children's Centre, 1 Smart Street E2 0SN - Monday to Friday

- Gayton House, Chiltern Street, E3 4BX

Find out more >


Self Care Summer packs for primary and secondary school pupils

The Anna Freud Centre have created primary and secondary Self Care Summer packs to offer children and young people some fun self-care activities.

The Self Care Summer Primary pack is full of fun activities designed to help children look after their mental health and wellbeing while enjoying themselves. It also signposts them and their families to additional support if they need it.

The Self Care Summer Secondary pack helps young people to create their own individual self-care plan for the summer holidays based on strategies which other young people have found helpful, and also signposts to additional support if they need it.     

Primary selfcare pack > Secondary selfcare pack >

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Delve into the museum from home with a virtual self-guided tour of the galleries, an interactive experience about Hope, the blue whale, and audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Virtual tour >

International pen friends

Write around the world with an international pen friend!

Have you ever considered that the greatest friend you may ever have could be someone you have never met, living in a country you have never visited?

International Pen Friends has over 300.000 members in 192 countries and can provide new friends in your own age group from most countries around the world.

Despite the many forms of communication available today, the most common feedback is the enjoyment and fun gained by receiving letters in the mail. So try something new and get writing today!

   Find a new friend >


Supporting bereaved children and young people

Many children may have questions and worries, but those who have experienced the death of someone close to them, or who have an ill family member, might be particularly worried. Find helpful tips about how to cope with a bereaved child at the Childhood Bereavement Network.

Bereavement support >

And remember...

Magic Johnson

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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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