Healthy Lives Families Update - Friday 27th November 2020

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Welcome to the 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:

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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...

Idea Store

Free and fantastic Idea Store activities for children

Idea Store activities and events for children have moved online! Click on the link below for more details and also contact details for each activity. The team will get back to you with a Zoom code and details of how to join.

All activities are FREE and are for ages five to 11- years - children must be accompanied by an adult at the start of the event.

Activities will run every week up to 19 December and then start again on 4 January 2021. We have heard on the Christmas grapevine that a special guest from the North Pole may be joining some of the activities to say hello!

Get involved >


Worried about the flu?

Join an online event to talk about the flu vaccine and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones this winter.

Find out more using the weblinks below and register for a 'livestream' session which will be joined by expert clinicians from the NHS in north east London answering a range of questions.

Pregnant women                                                                    Parents with young children

Monday 30 Nov, 6 – 7pm >                             Monday 30 Nov, 1 – 2pm >

Living with long-term health conditions

Friday 27 Nov, 1 – 2pm >  Tuesday 1 Dec, 6 – 7pm >

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How is your child doing this lockdown?

We’re calling on parents and carers of children aged between 11-18 years, and up to 25 year for those with special needs, to encourage their young ones to complete a survey to tell us how they are feeling. We have worked with a group of 15 young people to design this survey asking young people how they are feeling during the second national lockdown and what we can do to support them.

Ask your child to complete the survey following the link below. It should take around 5 minutes to complete and the results are anonymous. The survey will close on 2 December 2020.

Complete the survey here >


Family Information Service

During these difficult challenging times the Tower Hamlets Family Information Service is here to assist and support. We provide free, impartial information and advice on a variety of services for children and young people (from birth to 25 years old), parents and families.

The service operates a telephone helpline service from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can contact the FIS on: 020 7364 6495 or email 


Children’s Old Flo quiz and art book

How much do you and the children in your lives know about Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman sculpture, known affectionately as 'Old Flo', which has been sited in Canary Wharf for over three years now?  

To help youngsters get to know Old Flo, Canary Wharf Group has produced a new children’s quiz. The quiz encourages children to explore art, the history of Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman, and the process of creating a sculpture.

Download the quiz and the accompanying artbook or simply complete the online form if you would like a copy posted to your home.

Explore Art >

And remember...

Michael Jordan

"If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome."

Michael Jordan

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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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