Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin: February 2022 - Annual Parent Conference, bookings open!

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

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, participate in family activities, 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.

Parent Conference 2022

Join us at the Tower Hamlets Parent Conference

Families Matter: Thursday 10 March 2022, delivered online through Zoom

The Parent and Family Support Service welcomes parents, carers and guardians to join the virtual parent conference for its second year online, with bitesize 45-minute webinars on a range of topics including:

  • Keeping your child safe online
  • Supporting children’s learning and revision
  • Keeping your children fit and healthy
  • Supporting good family communication
  • Understanding and dealing with bullying

Participants are invited to join us for the opening messages at 9.30am.  You can then drop into our bitesize webinars which will start on the hour, each hour from 10am to 2pm and our evening webinar at 6pm.  Some webinars will also be delivered in Bengali and Somali.

Choose the topics that interest you and support your family.   You are welcome to attend as many as you would like.

Each registered conference participant will be entered into a prize draw to win family tickets from our conference partners such as Rich Mix and the Half Moon Young People's Theatre.

More information and book here>

Lets Talk SEND

Are you a parent of a child with SEND?

If your child has special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) or an Education, Health and Care Plan, you are invited to an information session for parents called ‘Let’s Talk SEND - Early Years’.  Hear about the Early Years Education and Childcare Service, developments in speech and language provision and actions following the SEND Local Area Inspection.

Let’s Talk SEND - Early Years in-person information session

Tuesday 1 March, 10.30am- 12pm

Mile End Children and Family Centre, E3 4GY

If you are unable to attend the in-person session you can attend the online event the following day:

Let’s Talk SEND - Early Years online webinar

Wednesday 2 March, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

More details here >


Parenting Tasters

New parenting taster sessions and workshops

The Parenting Team have launched some new sessions and workshops for the Spring.  The one-off, online sessions will give you an insight into some of the longer programmes on offer while providing you with some useful strategies for everyday parenting challenges.

  • Parenting for Single Parents

           Thursday 17 March, 10am – 12pm

  • Triple P Encouraging Positive Behaviour (2 – 11 years)

           Monday 21 March, 10am -12.30pm

  • Triple P Family Transitions Programme for Separated Parents - Taster

           Thursday 24 March, 10am - 12pm

  • Triple P Dealing with Teenagers' Emotions

           Thursday 31 March, 10am- 12.30pm

  • Emotional First Aid - Taster

           Friday 1 April, 10am - 12pm

All parents who have attended one of our courses or sessions can join our regular Parent Support Network meeting.  The next meeting is on Friday 25 March, 10am – 12pm.

These free sessions for Tower Hamlets parents and carers will be delivered online over Zoom.

Book here >

Childrens Centres

What do you think about children and family centres?

Tower Hamlets Children and Family Centres want to understand your experience of using the centres and accessing services.

Parents can share their views by completing a short, ten-minute survey.  Feedback will be used to develop and shape the services offered.  Respond by Monday 28 February.

Take the survey here >

Suicide Prevention

What you need to know about suicide prevention

Papyrus is a charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. They aim to remove the stigma around suicide and equip young people with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

Papyrus will be delivering a special online session for school staff and parents. The session will explore what we need to know about suicide prevention and how we can all contribute to a suicide safer community.

Suicide Prevention – What Everyone Needs to Know

Online Session for school staff and parents

Thursday 7 April, 10am- 11.30am

Book your place here >

Read and Play Online

Free read and play online sessions

Doorstep Library is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to bringing the joy of books and reading directly into the homes of children across London. Trained Doorstep Library volunteers deliver free, weekly online ‘Read and Play’ sessions for children from birth to 4 years. The sessions offer a chance for families to come together, enjoy stories, songs and play.

Register your interest here >

Thank you for reading

The Parent and Family Support Service offer information, advice and support services in partnership with schools and community venues.  Our services are also available online through webinars, virtual meetings and forums.

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