Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin - October 2021, Halloween activities, primary school application process, Anti-Bullying Week

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Welcome to your monthly Families Matter E-bulletin from the Parent and Family Support Service.

Being a parent or carer is not easy. Each month we share information, advice and opportunities for you to join our networks, support groups or parenting sessions.

Read on to find out how you can connect with other parents and carers, share your experiences and learn together.

To find out more about the Parent and Family Support Service and access our termly Families Matter magazine, visit our website.

8. Pumpkins

Looking for fun things to do this Halloween weekend?

The Local Offer has put together loads of useful resources, including advice, support, information and activities for children, young people and families over the October half term holiday. 

The Family Information Service operates a telephone and email helpline service from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on 020 7364 6495. 

Family Friendly Activities >

2. Starting Primary

Need a primary school place for 2022? Supporting parents with the Reception application process

Join Tower Hamlets Pupil Services and the Transition Support Service for an online information session that gives parents advice on the primary school application process.  The session will also provide top tips about primary transition. 

The sessions will be delivered virtually over Zoom on the following dates:

Tuesday 2 November, 10am

Thursday 25 November, 1pm

Monday 8 November, 6pm

Wednesday 1 December, 10am

Wednesday 17 November, 10am


For more details email the Transition Support Service or call 020 7364 1533.

School admissions information >

Book a place >

10. Flu Fighters

Children’s flu vaccination campaign launches

Mayor John Biggs paid a visit to St Anne’s and Guardian Angels Primary School in Whitechapel to launch the flu vaccination campaign and read to children from a storybook about the vaccine.

Flu can be very serious, causing thousands of hospitalisations and deaths in the UK every winter.

All children aged 2-16 are eligible for a flu vaccine this year. Children aged two and three can be vaccinated at their GP surgery, while older children will be vaccinated in school with parental consent.

Immunisation information here >

11. Covid 19

Covid-19 vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds: Information webinars for parents

Following the government’s announcement, the Covid-19 vaccination programme for all 12–15 year olds is being rolled out in Tower Hamlets over the coming months. Please join Public Health at any of the upcoming webinars to hear more and to ask any questions that you may have.

The webinars will be delivered over Zoom.  Joining information and links below.  The passcode for all webinars is parents.

  • Tuesday  2 November, 10-11am:  Join here
    Meeting ID: 989 2004 1739 
  • Thursday 4 November (in Bengali), 10.15-11.15am:  Join here
    Meeting ID: 998 5687 6152  

  • Thursday 11 November, 5-6pm:  Join here
    Meeting ID: 929 6437 2472 
  • Wednesday 17 November, 1-2pm:  Join here
    Meeting ID: 968 1622 5705 
  • Tuesday 23 November, 10-11am:   Join here
    Meeting ID: 999 9622 5646 


More information here >

4. One Kind Word

Are you worried about bullying?

It’s Anti-Bullying Week, 15–19 November, so the Anti-Bullying Alliance have teamed up with Kidscape develop a toolkit for parents. The pack has useful tips about what to do if you are worried about bullying and provides the tools to help you to talk to children about bullying.

More information on Anti-Bullying Week >

5. Stop Bullying

Platform to Talk- Stand up to Bullying

This discussion based virtual session provides a safe space for parents to come together, share their experiences and get reliable information.  

To help mark Anti-Bullying Week, November’s Platform to Talk will empower parents to ‘Stand Up to Bullying’.  The session will explore bullying in all its forms and provide useful advice on talking to children about bullying.

Platform to Talk- Stand Up to Bullying

Friday 12 November

10am - 11am 

Delivered through Zoom 

Joining details here > 

6. Triple P

Parenting workshops for parents of teenagers

Would you like to refresh your strategies to deal with challenging behaviour from your teenage children? If so, attend our one-off positive parenting workshops taking place this term.  

  • Getting Teens to Co-operate
    Tuesday 9 November, 10am-12.30pm
    Online over Zoom
  • Dealing with Emotional Behaviour
    Tuesday 23 November, 10am-12.30pm
    Online over Zoom

  • Reducing Family Conflict
    Monday 13 December, 11am-1.30pm
    In person - E1 location

For more information or to book you place, email the Parent and Family Support Service.

Safe Online

Online Safety Workshops for Parents

The Parent and Carer Council (PCC) would like to invite Tower Hamlets parents to join existing PCC members for a special workshop covering internet safety.  The one-hour workshop will explore ways parents can keep their children safe while online.

Parent and Carer Council Event:  Keeping Children Safe Online Workshop

Friday 19 November


Delivered through Zoom

For more information, to book your place or to find out about Keeping Children Safe Online workshops for parents in Bengali or Somali, email parentalengagement@towerhamlets.gov.uk

3. Budget

Help shape the future for all

Would you like to have a say in how the council’s budget should be spent? The council’s budget consultation is your chance to get involved and help shape the future for all.

Just read the budget booklet and complete the online survey by 10am, Monday 15 November.

More details here >

Xmas Cards

Calling all young designers

Christmas is just around the corner and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets is on the look-out for unique designs for this year’s Christmas cards.

The competition is open to all children living in Tower Hamlets, aged 5-11 years old. Get your designs in by 4pm, Monday 8 November.

Enter competition here > 

Thank you for reading

The Parent and Family Support Service offer information, advice and support services 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.

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