Healthy Lives Families Update - Music, Movement and Yoga Easter Camps with Rich Mix, New Healthy Start Video, Easter Activities in Victoria Park, Kooth Mental Health Resources for Parents and Carers and Holiday activities and Food provision (HAF) 2023

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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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Music & Movement Easter Camp - Rich Mix

Monday 3rd April – Thursday 6th April

Join Rich Mix for a FREE week of fun and energetic music-making, dance and crafts workshops for families and children to enjoy together.

The Music and Movement camp will explore rhythms and culture from around the world, and turn stories of journeys (real and imagined) into new songs. Leading to a celebratory performance on the afternoon of Thursday.

Participants are asked to bring a shaker, percussive toys and their imagination and to come prepared wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.

Suitable for children aged 5+ (families with babies welcome).

Book here > 

Yoga for all

Family Yoga Easter Camp – Rich Mix

Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th April

Rich Mix will be delivering FREE family yoga sessions. Each yoga session will be easy to follow and is designed to help calm and still the mind.

Suitable for families with children aged 5+


Family SEND Yoga session

On Friday 14th April Rich Mix will be delivering a FREE family SEND Yoga session. It will be a beginner’s taster session which will include light, sound and touch. For more information please email

Suitable for families with children aged 5+.


If you have any access requirements for any of the sessions, please contact the Rich Mix  Box Office team on 020 7613 7498 or email

Book 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 Healthy start ( 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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Easter Activities in Victoria Park

Did you know that Victoria Park is the largest park in Tower Hamlets, at 86 hectares? It has also held the Green Flag People’s Choice Award for 9 consecutive years!  Join the Victoria Park Rangers this Easter for a range of fun activities. The events are FREE and there is no need to book, just drop in!


Arts and Crafts

Date: Tuesday 4th April 2023

Location: At the Hub Building

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm


Sticker Hunt

Date: Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th April 2023

Location: Collect Maps/worksheet from the Hub lobby

Time: Collect maps/worksheets between 10.30am – 2.30pm


Pond Dipping

Date: Wednesday 12th April 2023

Location: Model Boat Lake, behind the playground with the big slides

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm


For enquiries please contact:


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 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 >

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 Holiday activities and Food provision (HAF) 2023 - Free School Meal recipients

LBTH have produced a spreadsheet listing a range of organisations offering FREE fun activities and meals over the Easter School holidays. Places are available for children in reception up to Year 11 (inclusive) who receive Free School Meals.

Day clubs will be delivering HAF programmes from 3 April to 14 April.

What do the programmes include?

  • All the programmes include at least one meal a day which will meet school food standards.
  • There will also be an element of nutritional education each day aimed at improving knowledge and awareness of healthy eating.
  • Along with the food aspects of the schemes, there will be fun activities for kids and the chance to try out new things.
  • Activities include physical sports or games, creative activities like music or drama and day trips.

Click here for holiday activities and food provision >

And remember...

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"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees."

Amelia Earheart

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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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The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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