Healthy Lives Families Update - Acorn Community Football Club, Women's Move and Stretch Class, New Healthy Start Video, Men's Gardening for Wellbeing Club, Disability Multi-Activity Sports Club, Gardening tips for Mental Heath, Introduction to Foraging in Tower Hamlets and New Kooth Mental Health Support Video and Resources for Parents and Carers!

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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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Acorn Community Football Club – Mile End Park

Acorn FC is a Charter Standard football Club affiliated with the London FA, Essex FA and the Sports Council.  The club not only offers high quality football and fitness coaching, but they are a community club, which focuses on mentoring and educating young people, so that they build better lives. Their programmes promote diversity, equality and social inclusion to help bring the community together. Their overall aim is to use football as a platform to improve employment outcomes for participants living in child poverty or children living with out-of-work families.

The club offers:

  • FA Level 1 & 2 Qualified coaches, DBS/CRB checked
  • Cup competitions entry to 5, 7 & 11-a-side tournaments (at management discretion)
  • Training on synthetic pitches (e.g. Astro turf/new generation pitches)
  • Scouting Opportunities – Trials

Training sessions in Tower Hamlets:

  • Juniors U13′ s & U14’s  - Friday evening 5:00pm – 7:00pm 
  • U10’S, U11’s & U12’s    - Saturday morning 10:00am – 12:00pm



Mile End Park  Leisure Centre & Stadium

Burdett Road, Mile End , London, E3 4HL Tel:  0208 709 4420 ext 4455


Club details:


Tel : 0795 668 0029


Acorn Community Football Club Website >

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

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


Session time: Wednesdays at 12:00 - 2pm



The session is 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.



Contact the programme organiser

Laura Williams at,


For information and to register on the website click here > 

Healthy Start

New Healthy Start Video – Featuring Tower Hamlets residents

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.

Find out more at or speak to your local Children's Family Centre.

A new video which features Tower Hamlets residents has been created by the council, please watch and share with friends and family:

Watch the new Healthy Start video here >

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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 (Term time only)

Where: Mile End Park Leisure Centre

Book your spot here >

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Discover 10 ways to connect with others through nature – Children’s mental health activities, with RHS School Gardening

  1. Grow pea shoots
  2. Display some of the plants you are growing [at home or in school]
  3. Go on a sensory scavenger hunt
  4. Take part in a nature-inspired discussion about natural materials
  5. Make nature art in the garden, park or home
  6. Plant seeds or undertake plant projects with friends and family
  7. Grow Microgreens
  8. Draw a sound map to tune into nature sounds of different birds, insects, trees and weather patterns
  9. Write a garden or gardening diary
  10. Grow extra seedlings to share as gifts

For more information read the article here >


Foraging with Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park  

Kenneth Greenway, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Manager, and Come Dine With Me winner, introduces us to the fascinating world of foraging – The video covers edible and or  medicinal plants that include Dandelion, Daisy, Nettles, Lemon Balm and Perennial Wall Rocket. He shares his knowledge and even some recipe suggestions!

If the video inspired you, you will be pleased to know that there are various dates throughout the year for organised Wild Food/Foraging Walks with Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. March is now fully booked, so the next available date is Saturday 15th April 2023, with availability between May – December 2023. Follow the link below to book your place:

Watch the foraging video here > 

Book the guided foraging walk tour here >


Kooth free online mental health and wellbeing service in Tower Hamlets  - New Video and resources for Parents and Carers

Kooth is a free online mental health and wellbeing service available to all young people in Tower Hamlets aged 11-25. It is a self-referral service, where young people have access to fully-qualified online counsellors until 10 pm every single day of the year. There is also a range of other support including an online interactive magazine, discussion boards, self-help tools, and wellbeing activities. A new video for parents and carers has been produced, as well as a range of parent and carer resources, please follow the links below.

Further information can be found here >

Watch the new parent/carer video >

Access the parent/carer resources here >

And remember...

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"People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure."

Sir David Attenborough

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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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