Healthy Lives Families Update - Children's Mental Health Week Family Resources, Women's Move and Stretch Classes, Half Term Skating and Activities, Men's Gardening for Wellbeing Group, Disability Multi-Skills Sports Club and the Healthy Start Card!

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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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Children’s Mental Health Week, 6-12 February 2023 – Place2Be Resources for Families

Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from 6-12 February 2023. This year’s theme is Let’s Connect. Place2be’s website says, “when we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others, this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing…and as parents and carers you play an important role in your child’s mental health.” Check out Place2be’s free mental health resources for families by clicking the link below:

Click here for the Mental Health Week resources for families > 

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Women’s Move and Stretch Classes -Wednesday's at Bow Community Hub

A women’s only Move and Stretch programme is being delivered at Bow Community Hub on Wednesdays. The session is open to women aged 18 and over from diverse ethnic backgrounds living, working and studying in Tower Hamlets. Sessions will improve fitness and activity levels at the weekly in-person group exercise class, led by qualified fitness instructor Laura Williams. 


Bow Community Hub

Jefferson Plaza


E3 3QE


When: Wednesdays at 12:00 - 2pm


Cost – Free - online registration and Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) Form is required for enrolment and you will need to email Laura Williams before attending.


Email: Contact the programme organiser Laura Williams at,


For more information and to register on the website click here > 

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Get Your Skates On!

This Half Term Bethnal Green Gardens will see the return of the ‘Get Your Skates On’ event, which will include a range of free activities for all the family. This will include games, face painting, sports and physical activity, arts and crafts and synthetic ice skating! There is no need to book, just turn up! This event is organised by Tower Hamlets Sports and Physical Activity Team, Children and Family Centres, and Parks and Open Spaces teams.

Other half-term activities are being put on by the Parks Team which you can see here:


When: Wednesday 15th February, 10:30am-4pm

Where: Bethnal Green Gardens, E2


For more information contact or phone 07951 203144

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Free Men’s Gardening for Wellbeing Group

Mudchute Farm and East London NHS Foundation Trust run a free men's gardening for wellbeing group, which is aimed at Bengali and Somali speaking men only. They have a purpose-built gardening space, which provides lots of opportunities to enjoy nature and to practice your gardening skills, with support from their trained gardening professionals.

When: Wednesdays 11:00am – 1pm

Where: Mudchute Farm, Pier Street, London, E14 3HP

Just turn up, no need to book

If you prefer, you can email or phone the organisers to find out more: Email or phone: 0207 426 2332

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Disability Multi-Sports Club - Mile End Park Leisure Centre

The Community Sports Club in Tower Hamlets is a multi-Sports Club open to disabled children aged 8-16.  All disabilities and impairments are welcome. Sessions are designed to help young people get fitter, socialise and have fun! The coach is highly motivated and experienced in a range of sports. Local community groups are welcome to bring as many members as they wish to the session. Siblings are welcome too! Featured sports including basketball and boccia, plus specialist taster sessions such as boxing, dance, golf and much more!

When: Wednesdays from 4:30pm to 6pm

Where: Mile End Park Leisure Centre

Book your spot here >

Healthy Start

Healthy Start Card

Healthy Start helps families claiming certain benefits to buy healthy food and milk from the 10th week of pregnancy until the child’s 4th birthday. If you are under 18 and pregnant, you are automatically eligible, regardless of your benefit status.

You are sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in supermarkets and other grocery stores to buy healthy food, milk or first infant formula. The card is topped up every 4 weeks.

In Tower Hamlets, all children under the age of 4 and all pregnant and breastfeeding women and up to 1 year post-natal are eligible for free Healthy Start vitamins. These can be collected from all Children and Family Centres. You must bring your Heathy Start card if you have one or when you get one. Use your location to find your nearest one.

You can apply for Healthy Start Card:

Online by visiting the NHS Healthy Start website if you are

  • On Universal Credit and Household’s monthly ‘take home pay’ is £408 from employment
  • Receiving Child Tax Credit and household annual income is less than £16190
  • Receiving Child Tax Credit and child(ren) under the age of 4

Over the phone by calling 0300 330 7010 or by emailing  if you are:

  • Pregnant and under 18 (not on benefits)
  • Receiving Child Tax Credit and child(ren) over the age of 4
  • Receiving Income Related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Receiving Income-based Jobseeker’s allowance
  • Receiving Pension Credit (including Child Addition)
  • Receiving Working Tax Credit run-on

Find out more by clicking the link below or speak to your local Childrens' Family Centre.  

Find out more here >  

And remember...

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"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

Nelson Mandela

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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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