Healthy Lives Families Update - School nurse helpline, Healthy Start vouchers and self-care for parents

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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...

Chat health

Chat Health with the school nurse

A new initiative has been launched to allow young people to message a school nurse between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. They can receive advice and support and discuss any health concerns. The service is for young people aged 11-19 years old.

You can contact the school nurse on 07507 332942.

Healthy start

Healthy Start vouchers worth up to £12.40 per week

The Healthy Start voucher scheme offers families:

  • £6.20 per week for each baby under the age of one
  • £3.10 per week for each child aged between two to four-years-old
  • Plus £3.10 per week if you are pregnant (from week 10

Each voucher is worth £3.10, and you are entitled to several vouchers, depending on your family size. The vouchers can be spent on a range of food and milk items including fruit and vegetables, pulses and milk. It can be used in major supermarket chains, local shops and market stalls within Tower Hamlets.

You can find a full list of where you can spend your vouchers locally on the website. You will need to fill in an application form, which you can get by visiting the website or a children’s centre or GP surgery.

You can also call the Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823, who will help to complete this process online, or you can speak to your midwife or health visitor.

Healthy Start website >


Self-care for parents and carers

For many parents and carers, finding time for yourself can be a challenge. This can be especially true if you are supporting a child or young person with their mental health.

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families worked with their parent champions to create a new resource which offers self-care advice for parents and carers.

Self-care tips >

Family ties

Family ties online therapy for parents in conflict – limited funded places available

Following a successful pilot, the Family Ties Project at the Anna Freud Centre has secured additional funding to continue supporting families facing parental conflict.

Funded by BBC Children in Need, they will be accepting referrals for the Family Ties Online Therapy for Parents in Conflict over the next 12 months. But places are limited, so early referrals are recommended.

The intervention is designed for parental couples in conflict, together or separated, with a child of any age, who want to reduce the impact of arguments or communication difficulties on their child. Families should not be in family courts at the time of participation in the programme. They are accepting self-referrals or referrals from professionals.

For more information and to refer, visit the website or contact

 Find out more >

And remember...


"I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it's proactive and there is positive intent behind it."

Michael J. Fox

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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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