Healthy Lives Families Update - Friday 16th October - A message from the Mayor, schools Q&A, holiday scheme & job skills

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Healthy Lives - Banner 1 May 2020 - FINAL


Welcome to the new FAMILIES newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team!

Each Friday we will be sharing relevant information, activities and resources to support your ongoing health and wellbeing. This will go out to all contacts.

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 now have a Healthy Lives Team webpage where you can find out more about the team and access Healthy Schools resources and all our archived newsletters. 

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:

Bookmark and Share

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 and helpful information for you and your family...

Mayors message

A message from the Mayor of Tower Hamlets

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has written a message to the residents of Tower Hamlets to address the recent rise in cases of Covid-19.

Despite a fall over the summer, cases are now rising and Tower Hamlets now has one of the highest levels in London.  Therefore, in addition to national measures, the Mayor is urging residents to avoid visiting other people in their homes unless absolutely necessary, to play their part to protect the community and stop the spread of the virus.

Read the full article here >

Schools Q&A

How are schools in Tower Hamlets managing Covid-19?

On Tuesday 13 October, the Tower Hamlets council held a live question and answer session on how schools in the borough are managing Covid-19, and what families can do to protect themselves, others and the community.

Speaking were:

  • James Thomas, Corporate Director, Children and Culture, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Dr Katie Cole, Associate Director, Public Health for Children and Families, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Cllr Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Topics included:

  • The situation in Tower Hamlets
  • How to spot symptoms of Covid-19 vs common cold and flu
  • How and when to self-isolate
  • How Covid-19 is spread
  • What measures are in place to manage the virus in our education settings
  • How schools are responding to confirmed cases of Covid-19
  • NHS Test and Trace
  • The Covid-19 Community Champion network
  • And, much more

Visit for the latest advice and information.

Watch event here >

Holiday scheme

Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme

Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme is open for half term bookings. It provides childcare for children aged 3-13 years from 9.00am to 5.00pm or 8.00am to 6.00pm, at a subsidised rate.

Bookings are prioritised and open firstly to working parents and are then made available to non-working parents. You can also refer any vulnerable children to the scheme.

Further information >


Discover your skills and careers

This assessment asks you to think about the type of work you want to do. It takes five to 10 minutes, or slightly longer if you’re using a screen reader or magnifier.

At the end, you’ll get a summary of job groups that might interest you based on your answers, for example creative careers or working in healthcare. You can then answer a few more questions to see particular jobs and get more detailed information about each role.

You can save your results and come back to them at any time.

 Jobs assessment >

And remember...


“We can have a world of peace. We can move toward a world where we live in harmony with nature. Where we live in harmony with each other. No matter what nation we come from. No matter what our religion. No matter what our culture. This is where we’re moving towards.”

Dr. Jane Goodall

TH Healthy Schools logo


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 school, work, or at home.

Please feel free to share this email.

Useful links

Did you know that Tower Hamlets offers other email newsletters to keep you up to date on a variety of topics?

  See the list and sign up!