Healthy Lives Families Update - BUMPER HALF TERM EDITION - Important Covid information, free parents workshop, self-care tips for parents & some half term activities

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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.

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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 and helpful information for you and your family...

Covid alert

High Alert for London

In response to the national increase in cases, the government has announced new measures, including a Covid-19 local alert system. This classifies areas as medium, high or very high based on their numbers of infection and risk level.

London, including Tower Hamlets, is now at a ‘high’ risk level and further restrictions are now in place.

Further information >

Self care

Self-care top tips for young parents and carers

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Self-care top tips for young parents and carers booklet offers some simple self-care advice for young parents and carers about the importance of self-care and looking after their own mental health and wellbeing whilst raising children.

Self care tips >

SEND workshops

Return to school workshop for parents of children with SEND or those who have shielded

Tower Hamlets & City SEND IASS are running a session for parents of children with SEND, or those who have been shielding, to support their return to school.

Information will be provided about arrangements to ensure the safety of children and young people including details of the latest Tower Hamlets test and trace programme.

Public Health and members of the SEND IASS team will be available to answer questions and talk to parents about any concerns and anxieties about the return to school and how to support children in adapting to a new school environment.

The session will be held on Thursday 29th October from 12-2pm and if you are interested in attending and would like further information please call 020 7364 6489 or email

Covid champions

Become a Covid-19 community champion

Tower Hamlets Council is calling on residents to sign up to become Covid-19 community champions to help everyone stay informed.  

Residents sign up and the council then regularly shares up-to-date advice and information on Covid-19 with them, in their preferred format. Champions then share information with their families, friends and their wider communities, helping them to make sense of it.

Weekly webinars are also held for community champions every Tuesday from 7-8pm.

You can also sign up to the community champions network by telephone (020 7364 3870) or email

Sign up here >

Miniature book

Make your own miniature book

The British Library has a fascinating page dedicated to miniature books which were created more than 200 years ago, forming part of The Infants Library. The series of books were designed to help children learn by reading to their dolls.

Here you can find detailed instructions on how to make your own miniature book using very few resources.

 Find out more here >

Covid and uni

COVID Alert levels and what it means for universities

London, including Tower Hamlets, has now moved to local Covid alert level: high. As many university students have reading week next week, and may be travelling, families may like to know what government guidance exists.

The guidance says: “You must not move backward and forward between your permanent home and term time address during term time.” This means students must stay at their university, and not travel home, during their reading week.

Students who commute daily between university and home can continue to travel as required to pursue their education.

Find out more >

Treasure hunt

Treasure hunt

Children love finding hidden objects, especially when there’s a prize to be found at the end!

Simply write your clues on some slips of paper and get creative. Place the first clue somewhere easy to find, like inside your child’s snack or cereal bowl. Then leave as many clues as you like around the house, making a trail to the final clue.

Create your treasure hunt >

Young carers

Support for Young Carers in Tower Hamlets

A Young Carer is a person aged 18 or under who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member suffering from:

  • a long-term illness/condition
  • a physical or learning disability
  • a drug or alcohol problem
  • a mental health condition

The Young Carers Project is run by Tower Hamlets Youth Service and is a project which aims to provide young carers the opportunity to take a break from the daily responsibilities of being a carer by interacting with others facing similar challenges.

For more information please contact: Sorrel Norwood, Young Carers Participation Worker Tel: 020 7364 4091 Email:

More information >

And remember...

Eleanor Roosevelt

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."

Eleanor Roosevelt

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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 school, work, or at home.

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