Healthy Lives Staff Update - Message from the Mayor, Xmas competition, No Place for Hate, BAME and mental health workshops

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Welcome to the new SCHOOL STAFF newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team!

Each Wednesday we will be sharing school relevant information, lesson plans and resources which can be used to support the teaching of health and wellbeing. This will go out to school contacts only.

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. 

If you would like further support or details, please contact Kate Smith, Head of Healthy Lives, at

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 and 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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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.


New national restrictions in the fight against Covid-19

The government has announced new national restrictions to help stop the spread of Covid-19. 

This means that from Thursday 5 November, you must stay at home. There are a limited set of exemptions, including importantly, that schools will remain open.

The national restrictions come in response to cases of Covid-19 rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. They are expected to be in place for four weeks (until 2 December).

Tower Hamlets Council is working through the new rules to establish what they mean for council services, and will be publishing updated advice for residents and businesses on our website as soon as further details are confirmed by the government.

 Read the full article >

Xmas card

Mayor's Christmas card competition now open

It may be hard to believe but the festive season is approaching once again, and Mayor John Biggs is calling on children in the borough to help design this year's Christmas cards.

Our annual Christmas card competition is now open for children aged five to 11, who live or go to school in Tower Hamlets. As well as seeing their designs on this year’s e-cards, the three lucky winners will each receive a book token.

Parents, carers and teachers must email children's creative entries this year (rather than post) by 1pm on Tuesday 17 November.

Get creative >


Tower Hamlets No Place for Hate Campaign

Tower Hamlets have developed a No Place for Hate (NPFH) Campaign which aims to send clear and consistent messages that hate will not be tolerated in our borough. This goes beyond a media campaign to encourage positive messages of One Tower Hamlets but also aims to encourage communities to challenge hate if safe to do so.

Schools have a big role to play in tackling hate and discrimination and promoting community safety, which is why your school can sign the NPFH pledge and find out who else has signed it. Individuals can also sign a NPFH Personal Pledge if you live, work or visit the borough.

Sign the organisation pledge >

You can also read about the My Whole Self campaign, which is being run by Mental Health First Aid England designed to support organisations that are working to become actively anti-racist.

My Whole Self campaign >


The BAME Inequality Commission call to evidence on health inequalities is now open

The shocking and public killing of George Floyd, and subsequent Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the world has shone a light on the subject of racial inequality in our society.

In recognition of the high level of concern raised about the longstanding levels of racial inequality in the borough, Mayor John Biggs announced the establishment of a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Inequality Commission.

The commission is tasked to deliver tangible and practical actions which will deliver real change to the lives of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, and allow the council and its partners to champion the enormous impact these communities can contribute to the borough.

You can find our more about the Commission and offer your views online or by emailing

Find out more > Offer your view >

ASK workshop

The ASK workshop: Assessing for Suicide in Kids

Do you want to become aware of the ways children at risk of suicide communicate their need for help? This course from the Tower Hamlets Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) is delivering two half days online targeted at staff working with and caring for children age five to 15 years of age.

Fully funded places are no longer available so there is a cost of £90. Only a few dates are left although there are waiting lists for unavailable dates.  If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact lead facilitator Sarah Tahsildar

  • Monday 7th December and Tuesday 8th December – 1pm – 5.30pm
  • Monday 11th January and Tuesday 12th January – 1pm – 5.30pm
  • Thursday 18th February and Friday 19th February – 1pm – 5.30pm

Book your place >


New dates announced for the Youth MHFA Aware course

New dates are now available for the Mental Health First Aid YOUTH aware course from Tower Hamlets Community Education Provider Network (CEPN). It is a must for non-mental health specialists who work & care for children and young people. The introductory four-hour session raises awareness of young people’s mental health. It covers:

  • Some of the common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues
  • Ways to support young people with a mental health issue and relate to their experiences

There are limited fully funded places for Tower Hamlets staff, otherwise there is a cost of £75. Dates available are:

  • Friday 20th November – 1pm-5pm
  • Friday 27th November – 1pm-5pm
  • Friday 11th December – 1pm-5pm

Further information and register >

And remember...


"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world."

Malala Yousafzai

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