Healthy Lives Families Update - June 2022 - Half term fun, fruit and veg vouchers, mealtime support for autistic children and mental health support

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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.

Half term fun

Half term fun in Tower Hamlets

A wide range of activities are available throughout half-term in Tower Hamlets parks.  Activities include arts and crafts, a canoeing taster session, a fishing taster session, donkey rides at Mudchute Farm, inclusive play sessions and more.  All events are free, but some must be booked in advance.  

 Explore activities >

Fruit and veg

Fruit and veg voucher project for families launches in Tower Hamlets 

Last week the Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg Project was launched at three local children's centres in Tower Hamlets in partnership with Chrisp Street Market.

Families on low incomes with young children under five will receive weekly vouchers; £3 of vouchers for each child, every week, or £6 if the child is under one.

The project will support families in the Isle of Dogs, Poplar, and Chrisp Street and can be exchanged for fresh fruit and veg of their choice at Chrisp Street market, supporting the local food economy and market stall holders.

  Access vouchers >

Children with autism at mealtimes

Supporting children with autism at mealtimes

Children with autism often develop very specific struggles with food and mealtimes. They may reject more food than they eat, preferring very specific textures or flavours, eating only foods that are familiar, or even failing to eat more than five different food items. To support parents, Elemy has recently created a free guide looking at ways to support children at mealtimes.  

Guide for parents >  Food list for children >

Young Minds

Young Minds - advice and information for children and young people

Young Minds provides young people with tools to look after their mental health. Their website is full of advice and information on what to do if you're struggling with how you feel.

Young Minds empowers parents and adults who work with young people, to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives.  The organisation aims to give young people the space and confidence to get their voices heard and change the world we live in.  

Advice and information >

How to talk to your child about mental health >

How to look after yourself >

And remember...


“All things are difficult before they are easy.”

Thomas Fuller

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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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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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