Healthy Lives Families Update - Recruitment for a SEND advisory group with the Department for Education, Girls Only Youth Club Sessions, Healthy Start Video, World Asthma Day Newsletter, Asthma and Exercise Advice and Kooth support for Parents!

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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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Join the Department for Education's youth SEND advisory group

The Council for Disabled Children are looking for disabled young people and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 12 – 18 years old, to be part of their young people’s advisory group FLARE. FLARE stands for Friendship, Learning, Achieve, Reach and Empower.

What does this involve?

  •  Share your experiences and expertise, with views sought from all over England
  •  Help the Department for Education and other teams understand how disabled             children and young people with SEN receive the support services they need
  •  Talk to professionals about how to make positive changes to improve things for           all disabled and SEN young people
  •  Take part in 6 meetings a year

This is an opportunity to meet and work with new people, gain new skills and make a real difference to the lives of young people.

To apply, please complete an *application and email this to Ga-Ling at by Friday 19 May at 5pm.

*There are Easy Read and Plain Text application forms available.

Download the application here >

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Youth Space (girls only) - Osmani Centre

Youth Space is a FREE girls only session at the Osmani Centre for 11-19 year olds (SEN up to 25). 

What do they offer?

  • Hang out and games area
  • Weekly football and boxing
  • Day Trips and residentials
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver awards
  • Workshops and mentoring

When does it take place?

  • The girls only session takes place every Tuesday 4-7pm and Saturday 1-4pm.
  • A general mixed session takes place on Monday, Thursday and Friday 6-9pm.

Location: Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road, London, E15AW

To find out more please contact the organiser Abdul Hasnath on 02072478080 or email at 

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, 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 >


Asthma and Wheeze Newsletter for World Asthma Day- NHS Barts Health

World Asthma Day was on 2nd May this year. An Asthma and Wheeze newsletter has been produced by NHS Barts Health for World Asthma Day. Aimed at school staff and parents it addresses common asthma triggers including improving the air quality in the home, the impact of smoking, hay fever and pollution on asthma symptoms. The interactive newsletter includes links to additional support and signposting, which includes the LBTH Clean Air Hub, Asthma and Lung UK and Tower Hamlets Environmental Health and Housing.

Access the newsletter here >

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Helping your Child with Asthma Stay Active – Asthma and Lung UK

Asthma and Lung UK have compiled a guide for parents on the benefits of physical activity for your child with Asthma, so that they can say ‘yes’ to PE, holiday clubs and playing with friends.

The article explains that exercise is good for a child with asthma because it:

  • can maintain a healthy weight and build stamina in the lungs, so they get out of breath less.
  • boosts the immune system, meaning that children are less likely to get coughs and colds, which would make their asthma worse.
  • offers a boost to mood and self-esteem, influencing how they manage their asthma
  • helps children feel more confident about their asthma and what is achievable

Read the article 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 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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"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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We are incredibly proud in Tower Hamlets to have supported schools to gain more Healthy Schools awards than any other borough in London. So please use this newsletter in whatever way suits you best to stay as fit and healthy as possible.

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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