Healthy Lives Families Update - Covid-19 vaccine for over 18's, free course for new parents, supporting transition to secondary school and keeping children safe online!

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The Healthy Lives Team Families update contains helpful information and activities for your whole school community


This is the FAMILIES newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team. Each Friday we share relevant information, activities and resources to support your ongoing health and wellbeing.

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.


18 or over? Get your Covid-19 vaccine now

Everyone aged 18 and over is now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine and should book an appointment to get their jab.

Locally there are a number of clinics that offer vaccination including the Arts Pavilion, Cable Street Surgery and Lincoln and Lansbury pharmacies. Appointments are also available at mass vaccination sites such as Westfield.

Anyone aged 40 and under will be offered the Pfizer vaccine and two doses, eight-weeks apart, are needed. Vaccines are highly effective against the Delta Covid variant, which is now making up the vast majority of cases in the UK. Those who are vaccinated are unlikely to get serious Covid-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it.

More information on the vaccine and how to book, including walk-in options, is available on the council website. Protect yourself, your loved ones and our community and take up the offer of free Covdi-19 vaccination.

Find out more here >


Raising Happy Babies: Free 6 week psychology course

Raising Happy Babies group is still running with the next one due to start Wednesday the 14th July at 10am.

This course will help you to:

  • Learn about your baby's emotional development/bonding
  • Look after yourself as a new mother
  • Adjust to the transition to life with your baby

To register for this group you must be a resident or have a GP in Tower Hamlets, be a first time mother and have a baby under 6 months.

Self refer here >


Supporting children's transitions to secondary school

The Anna Freud Centre have launched their Moving up! transition animation and toolkit which is accompanied by the Supporting children's transitions to secondary school booklet for parents and carers. 

The animation aims to support pupils to:

  • Identify potential worries associated with starting secondary school
  • Know they're not alone if they are feeling worried
  • Talk to a trusted adult or friend if they have any concerns
  • Identify solutions and strategies for looking after their mental health, including self-care

The booklet  provides tips about how children preparing for, or going through, the transition to secondary school can best be supported by their parents and carers. It includes guidance which explains why the transition can be difficult for some children, and practical advice such as talking and connecting with the new school, as well as suggested resources that children and parents and carers may find useful.

Moving up! animation >

Transitions booklet >

online safety

Keeping your children safe: online & beyond

It's never easy to know how to keep our children safe when they aren't with us, and sometimes even when are, if we don't know what's happening on their devices. Who are they talking to, what are they doing, are they okay? If you need help to find some answers, Parents Safe have top tips and advice for parents on how to keep their child safe online. 

 Parent Safe >

And remember...


“You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

Maya Angelou

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The Healthy Lives Team

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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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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If you or anyone you know would like to sign up to this newsletter, please use the following link. 

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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