Healthy Lives Families Update: COVID-19 workshops for parents, free wellbeing workshops from the Ollie Foundation, School Streets update, family walks in Tower Hamlets, 6 week healthy babies course and free family cycle training!

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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.

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Free Online Workshops for Parents

Did you know that The Healthy Lives Team offers free workshops for parents related to Wellness for Education?   This month's offer covers:   

Responding to worries and fears: COVID and beyond  

Date: 23rd February 2022

Time: 2 - 3pm

This is a short webinar for parents of primary and secondary age children, followed by a Q&A session.  We will share practical strategies for responding to the concerns and worries of children and young people.

Please contact to register for these free online workshops.

The Ollie Foundation

Goal Setting, Creative Mindfulness and Keeping Calm: free online workshops for teens

The Ollie Foundation is dedicated to suicide awareness, intervention and prevention.  They offer free online workshops for Sixth Form, college and university students, including on Goal Setting and Keeping Calm.  Don’t miss the fascinating Zentangle workshops – a totally unique mindful, creative art class- no artistic skills needed.  These workshops are running several times over the next few months.  You must register online and the majority of the courses are free, with the option to donate. 

Visit the Ollie Foundation website here >

Goal Setting, Mindfulness and Keeping Calm courses > 

School Streets

School Streets in Tower Hamlets: do you want to know more?

Tower Hamlets recently conducted a consultation on plans for school streets.  The opportunity to comment has passed, in all but one school, but you can still learn more about the council’s plans. 

What are School Streets?

School Streets are pioneering schemes to transform roads outside schools, so that pedestrians and cyclists can use them safely at school start and finish times.
The scheme aims to create areas where children can safely walk or wheel to and from school. It will encourage activity, reduce pollution and help with growth, learning and development. Each school will have different proposals, but all strive to reduce air pollution at the school gate. Staff, residents and businesses will still be able to access the area while making it safer and quieter for the school and the community.

For further information click here >

Family Walk

Put a spring in your step! Take a walk as a family

This month, why not take a walk somewhere different with your family or with a friend?  Walk East has some great ideas for walks in the area. The Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park walk is a circular walk that takes about an hour and explores the secret woodland in the cemetery.  Or learn about some of Bethnal Green’s historic sites, consisting of a 3 mile walk, which includes a map and information about the area.

Walk East Website >

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park walk >

 3 mile walk and map  >

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Raising Healthy Babies Course - Free 6 week Psychology Course

Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies and NHS East London are delivering a free 6 week course for new parents living in Tower Hamlets. 

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 of 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. Please self refer on the link below.

Self refer here > 

Free Cycle Training

Free family cycle training

Tower Hamlets have partnered with Bikeworks to offer FREE* family cycle training. This is suitable for regular cyclists looking to progress their cycle skills. This is not suitable for complete beginners unfortunately.

  • Date: Monday 14th February, Tuesday 15th February & Thursday 17th February
  • Times: 10:00- 12:00
  • Location: In East Side Victoria Park, entering from Parnell Road, Postcode E3 2LA
  • Dr Bike will be available on the 14th February, 9am-12pm for repairs and advice
  • * Refundable £10 deposit per family

Book in advance by clicking here >

And remember...

Amanda Gorman

"For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it."

Amanda Gorman

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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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Subscribing to this newsletter

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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