Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin: January 2023 - Family fun this half term holiday

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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.

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Get your skates on and more family fun this half term holiday

Get your skates on and enjoy this free family event, organised by Sports and Physical Activity, Children and Family Centres and the Parks and Open Spaces teams. Take part in synthetic ice-skating, games, face painting and lots more.

Get Your Skates On

Wednesday 15 February, 10.30am - 4pm

Bethnal Green Gardens, E2


More details >

There are more fun activities for all the family taking place across our local parks during the rest of the February half term week too (Monday 13 - Friday 17 February).  Get involved!

More Half Term Fun >

2. Flower

Community planting at Prospect Park

Help Prospect Park bloom by planting some bulbs at one of the community planting days at the park.

Families are encouraged to attend and enjoy a hot drink, meet some new friends and you even get some free bulbs to take home! 

Prospect Park bulb planting

Tuesday 14 February, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Saturday 18 February, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Devons Road, E3 3NR

More details >

3. Archery

Childcare for the February half term

The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme is Ofsted registered and provides childcare for children aged 3 to 13 years old.

The next Holiday Childcare Scheme will take place on:

Monday 13 - Friday 17 February

St Mary & St Michael Primary School, E1 0BD

Bookings close on Tuesday 7 February or earlier if full.

More details here >

6. Drama

Half Moon Theatre drama clubs for young people

Half Moon Theatre deliver weekly after school drama clubs in community spaces around the borough, during term time.

They are relaxed spaces where young people in school years 7, 8 or 9 can use drama to build confidence and make friends. Skilled facilitators structure each term to suit the needs of the group, nurturing their skills.

Take part >


Let’s connect for Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 will take place from 6 - 12 February and this year’s theme is ‘Let’s Connect’. 

The theme is about making meaningful connections for all, during Children's Mental Health Week and beyond.

Discover more here >

8. Hug

Platform to Talk- Supporting Children’s Mental Health

To coincide with Children's Mental Health Week, February’s Platform to Talk session will explore ways parents can talk to their children about mental health.

There will be lots of opportunities for parents to share their experiences and concerns with other parents. In addition, parents will pick up some practical ideas on how to support their child's emotional wellbeing and help build their resilience.

Platform to Talk - Supporting Children’s Mental Health

Friday 10 February, 10am - 11am

Online through Zoom

Book here >


Join Our Time Youth Forum

Our Time is an all-ability forum run for and by young people between the ages of 14-25 years, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The forum welcomes young people of all abilities. Becoming part of Our Time is a great way to build confidence, find out more about SEND and promote inclusion for all young people.

Our Time Youth Forum meetings will be held at Spotlight in Langdon Park, E14 on every third Thursday of each month. New members welcome!

Join here >

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