Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin - April 2021

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Welcome to your monthly bitesize e-bulletin from the Parent and Family Support Service.

We offer early help, targeted services and family support in partnership with schools and community venues and most recently due to the Coronavirus our services are available online through webinars, virtual meetings and forums.

Here you’ll find regular updates, information, advice, and opportunities for you to join one of our virtual networks, support groups or attend a virtual parenting session to meet other parents and carers, share your experiences and learn from each other.

For more information about the service, visit our website.

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Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme

The Holiday Childcare Scheme is Ofsted registered and provides childcare for children aged three to 13-years-old.

The scheme has been following government guidelines and operating at a reduced capacity. Children are grouped into small bubbles and measures are in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

The next Holiday Childcare Scheme will be 1- 4 June.

Find more details and apply for a place at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/hcs


The Family Information Service

As many shops and businesses reopen, parents may find they are being called back to work and will need to arrange appropriate childcare. The Family Information Service can support you to find suitable childcare that meets the needs of your family during this time.

To talk through the different options, call 020 7364 6495 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm)

Find more details on the Local Offer


Platform to Talk

Now more than ever parents need a safe space to come together, share their experiences and get reliable information. The Parental Engagement Team’s discussion-based ‘Platform to Talk’ sessions cover a range of topical issues from health and wellbeing to family life, parenting, school, and more.

In the next Platform to Talk, parents will hear about the Department for Education’s new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum and receive updates and information on the delivery of RSE in Tower Hamlets.

Platform to Talk: 

Supporting Families with the Relationships, Sex & Education (RSE) Curriculum

Friday 28 May, 10am - 11am

Find out how you can join


Get online

Working in partnership with We Are Digital, we are offering remote training and support for residents who need help with essential IT skills.

If you or a member of your family needs help with making video calls with friends and family, arranging GP appointments, shopping and paying bills online, or other online tasks, register by texting TOWER and your name to 07860 098 539 or calling 0114 551 2551.



Benefits, housing and debt advice

Tower Hamlets Community Advice Network (THCAN) is a partnership of local advice centres that provide free information and advice to residents of Tower Hamlets giving them access to free, high-quality advice on benefits, debt, housing, and more.

Get support >

For Our Families

Make a difference, share your story, save lives #ForOurFamilies

Tower Hamlets Public Health campaign #ForOurFamilies, offers a platform to bring the community together - recognising the efforts people have made (and continue to make) to keep one another safe.

See stories from Ripon, Malachi, Radhika, Maharun, Ali, Jess and Viola and share your own story.

Get involved >

Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week with the Covid Community Champions

Every year the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) raises awareness about mental health through a chosen theme, and this year's theme is nature.

The MHF are encouraging everyone to go out and experience, share and talk about nature.

Our Covid Community Champions are working on ways to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.   To find out more and to get involved,  email covidcommunitychampions@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

Learn more > 


Online SEND information virtual workshops to support parents

The Tower Hamlets and City Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IASS) are offering online workshops for parents to discuss key issues relating to education, health and care plans and the process of the annual review.

Both workshops will be delivered via Zoom.

Education, Health and Care Plans: Information for Parents

Monday 17 May, 10am - 1pm

Annual Review: Information for Parents

Wednesday 19 May, 10am - 12 noon

For more details or to book your place, contact Tower Hamlets and City SEND IASS

Tel:     020 7364 6489

Email: towerhamlets&city.sendiass@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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Supporting parents with school transition and change

The Tower Hamlets Transition Support Service provides high-quality information, advice and support at key points of school transition, including applications for nursery, reception, secondary transfer as well as in-year admissions and appeals.

They also support families at times of change or difficulty, providing information and guidance on a range of issues including exclusion and bullying.

Access support


National Career Service offers free courses

The National Career Service has created a skills toolkit offering free courses to help people learn new skills or change jobs. The toolkit helps you to learn general skills that apply to all sectors as well as more specialised skills.

Access free courses

Somali Parents

The Somali Parents and Carers Network

The Parent and Family Support Service have a support group for Somali parents and carers. The Somali Parents and Carers Network meets virtually to provide a forum to share experiences relating to education, parenting and safeguarding.  

Upcoming Meetings

  • The importance of education, Wednesday 26 May, 11am - 1pm
  • School transitions, transfers and exclusions, Tuesday 22 June, 11am - 1pm

To find out more or to join one of the meetings

Tel:      020 7364 6398

 Email: parenting@towerhamlets.gov.uk     

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New home learning initiative in Tower Hamlets

ParentChild+ is a new home learning initiative for families in the Mile End area with children aged between twenty-one months to two and half years.

The programme, delivered by Family Lives in partnership with Mile End Children’s Centre, aims to help children’s development by providing free resources and regular visits from skilled practitioners. This will encourage children to speak, play and be ready to start school. The programme is for children who are not attending nursery.

For more details contact Shaira Begum at Family Lives

Tel:     07712 306 861

Email: ShairaB@familylives.org.uk


Hard Calls Save Lives

It can be daunting to pass on information about knife crime. You might be unsure what information is useful or what happens to it.

Crimestoppers are not the police. They are an independent charity who provide a safe place for people to speak up about a crime.

Anything you report to Crimestoppers is 100 per cent anonymous. Crimestoppers has an anonymity guarantee, which has never been broken.

When you make a call, a specially trained call agent will support you, without judgement. They won’t ask how you’ve obtained the information.

It may feel like a hard call, but your call could stop someone else’s son or daughter being killed.

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online.

Hard Calls Save Lives

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Online Event - @ The Heart of Communities

Tuesday 25 May, 1.45 - 2.45pm

Global Learning London is pleased to invite you to a free online event celebrating their @ The Heart of Communities project sharing positive stories of citizenship projects led by young people in Tower Hamlets and how their community work influenced partners in Finland, Italy, Spain, and Turkey.

The session will also include practical skills workshops for schools and families about engaging with local issues and supporting community participation.

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