Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin: May 2023 - Half term holiday activities and upcoming family fun events

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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.

To find out more about the Parent and Family Support Service and access our termly Families Matter magazine, visit our website.

Family Activities

Family activities in Tower Hamlets parks this half term holiday

Join the Tower Hamlets Parks and Children and Family Centre Teams for half term fun.  Take part in adventure play, cooking, window box making and arts and crafts workshops.  There are fishing and canoeing taster sessions taking place at Victoria Park (booking required). 

All activities are free.  Booking is not required for most activities, but places are limited. 

The Local Offer also has information on things to do over the next week and childcare options for families.

Park events here >

Local Offer >

Festival of communities

Festival of Communities weekend event

Saturday 10 June 11.30am - 4.30pm, Stepney Green Park

Sunday 11 June, 11.30am - 4.30pm, Queen Mary University Mile End Campus

The Festival of Communities is hosted by Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with local organisations and groups to celebrate East London over a fun filled weekend with family activities for all to enjoy. 

There will be free face painting, local food traders and inflatables!  The Parental Engagement Team will also be running creative activities on Saturday at Stepney Green Park.  Everyone is welcome.

More details >

Growing Up Platform To Talk Session

Platform to Talk- Growing up and change

Platform to Talk - the online discussion-based sessions, delivered by the Parental Engagement Team, provide a safe space for parents to come together, share their experiences and get reliable information.

The next Platform to Talk session will be on the theme of change and growing up. Discover how to talk to children about growing up, the changes happening in their bodies and relationships. You will get an insight into the pressures children face today and pick up some important tips to help keep them safe.

Platform to Talk - Growing up and change

Friday 16 June, 10 – 11am

 Book here >

Girl at fun day event

SEND family fun day and information event

Saturday 17 June, 10am - 2pm (Drop-in, no booking required)

St Paul’s Bow Common, Burdett Road, E3 4AR

Parents and carers are invited to a family fun day and information event, with arts and crafts activities, sensory story telling and fun activities for families to enjoy. 

There will also be an information marketplace with stalls and updates from education, health and community services that support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Organised by the Tower Hamlets Independent SEND Parent Forum and featuring the borough’s Parent and Carer Council, parents can also take the opportunity to hear how they can join local parent forums and take part in volunteering opportunities.   

Parents will be able to book ‘bitesize’ 10 minute surgeries with services that support families who have children with SEND – a suggestion made by parents at a ‘Let’s Talk SEND’ information event held last November. 

The event will be focused on providing information to families who have children with SEND but all Tower Hamlets families are welcome to attend to gain information and join in with activities on the day.


10am – 2pm:         Fun family activities and information marketplace stalls open.

10.15 – 10.45am:  Find out how you can join local parent forums and support groups with an update from the Tower Hamlets Independent SEND Parent Forum and the Parent and Carer Council.

11am – 1pm:         Tower Hamlets bitesize SEND support surgeries for parents.

SEND support surgery slots are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the morning, covering the following topics:

  • Education, Health and Care Plans 
  • Post 16 options
  • Sporting programmes
  • Speech and language support

For more details, email thsendforum@gmail.com or parentcouncil@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

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