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Dear Parents/Carers,

Below is some news and information from the Tower Hamlets Parent and  Family support service.

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Virtual workshops/webinars for schools / school partnerships:

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Parent carer councilCouncil vaccine helpline
Tower Hamlets residents who are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine can get support to book their appointment by calling the council's vaccine helpline.
The helpline is operated by staff who can speak eight community languages and is available for residents who want help to book their appointment, ask questions or get the latest advice.
Vaccine Telephone Helpline: 020 7364 3030

Young Mind
The Young Minds Agency
Tower Hamlets youth centre Spotlight are teaming up with Young Creators UK and Kooth for a four-day creative programme where young people aged 16-19 will design a media campaign for the council to support young people in the borough with their mental health.

Club Zone One
Good for Girls programme
Trapped in Zone One in partnership with Vallance Community Sports Association are hosting the Good for Girls programme.
The programme provides a safe space where girls, aged between 10 and 14, can talk about their mental health and learn about tools to help them manage their wellbeing. The weekly online sessions include stimulating activities that aim to promote wellbeing and challenge stigma.
To register a young person for the programme, parents or guardians need to complete a registration form.
Every Friday, 5pm - 6pm
Delivered online through Zoom

No Place for Hate
Help make Tower Hamlets ‘no place for hate’
Are you interested in tackling discrimination and hate crime while giving back to the community? Why not become a Tower Hamlets No Place for Hate Champion.
Join the next training programme and you’ll gain the knowledge and facilitation skills needed to provide Hate Crime Awareness training and outreach in the community.
For more details contact Benedicta Dikeocha
Tel:      020 7364 6105



Spring Parenting Workshop Taster Series:   

  • An online series of tasters of popular courses delivered by the Parent and Family Support Service, including tips and strategies for parents and carers
  • Please see the attached document or Eventbrite page for the list of sessions, topics, dates and times
  • To book your place on a workshop and for more information on each session please click here on Eventbrite
  • If you have any queries please get in touch by emailing parenting@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call  0207 364 6398 

spring parenting workshops.pdf


Early REPAIR Course (ERC), new support for fathers in Tower Hamlets.

A collaboration between the Positive Change Service, Tower Hamlets Early Help Service and the Parenting Team, a new two-day brief intervention group work programme for fathers is coming up.

Early REPAIR aims to support fathers by raising awareness where there have been concerns regarding domestic abuse within their relationships. The group programme is interactive with a range of tools that encourage fathers to reflect upon their behaviour and think about how their abusive behaviour has impacted on their child/children.

Link work support will be given to partners of fathers who attend. Fathers who attend must be assessed as being LOWER risk.

Referrals are now being taken for the two-day course which runs on:

  • Date: Tuesday 15th November and Tuesday 13th December 2022 (both days 10am to 4.30pm)
  • Venue: Meath Gardens Children and Family Centre, 1 Smart Street,  London E2 0SN


For more information, email: Parenting@towerhamlets.gov.uk


Safe Connections Suicide Prevention Helpline. Information for families and training/collaboration opportunities for staff. (Please see attached)

A reminder that Safe Connections Suicide Prevention Helpline is available to support anyone who needs someone to talk to.

Safe Connections provide a warm and safe space to talk, explore and work through suicidal thoughts and feelings, and help people find the right directions and support they need. 

Call 0300 561 0115, or email safeconnections@mithn.org.uk and they will call back.

As well as the helpline, here are there are upcoming autumn/winter dates for Safe Connections’ suicide awareness and prevention training on the following dates.

  • Tuesday 8th November - 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 6th December - 3-5pm

These sessions are run by Mind in Hackney, but they are online and open to anyone and everyone in North East London.

For more information and to register visit:  www.mindchwf.org.uk/our-services/suicide-awareness-and-prevention-training

Safe Connections are also keen connect and collaborate with colleagues and can attend team meetings to help raise awareness of their work. 

Email:  safeconnections@mithn.org.uk  and  david.halliday@mithn.org.uk

suicide prevention training poster autumn winter.pdf

Limehouse Project Weekly Advice Session: 

  • Limehouse Project is offering Information, Advice, and Support to residents of the Ocean Estate every Wednesday
  • The Advice Services offers confidential and impartial one-to-one information, advice and support in English and Bengali on a range of topics such as Benefits Checks, Welfare Rights, Housing and Health
  • Please Call 020 7538 0075 to book an advice appointment

weekly advice session at ocean estate lhp leaflet.pdf


Applying for a Nursery place – Get Ready 2023

Tower Hamlets Transition Support Service advocates early intervention to support children, young people and their families with information and advice at key points of transition to help manage change and make informed decisions about the next steps of their learning journey.

Starting nursery is an important moment both for children and their parents. It offers all sorts of new opportunities, but it also can cause anxiety and confusion, so it’s vital parents have as much information as possible in order to make an informed decision about their child’s future.

To support families with the nursery application process the Transition Support Service are holding online advice sessions (through zoom) for parents/carers:  

Day:                                                     Time:

  • Tuesday 18th October 2022               10 am 
  • Friday 18th November 2022               1pm
  • Monday 5th December 2022              6pm
  • Thursday 12th January 2023              10am
  • Tuesday 7th February 2023                10am

To book a place through Eventbrite: https://GR2023.eventbrite.co.uk


How to support your child with reading, free online session for parents, delivered by the Tower Hamlets Language Literacy and Communication Team. Please see attached and share with families.


This is a repeat of the session that Jenny Jones and Tracey Grant ran in Dyslexia Awareness Week. It is aimed at parents of children at primary school.


  • Date: Thursday 24th November 2022


Free Fitness Sessions and Breathing and Wellness Exercise Sessions for Somali Men and Women:                         


  • Suitable for all ages and fitness levels
  • Drop in sessions
  • Facilitated by a professional trainer
  • For more details please see the posters (one for men and one for women) attached


school offer day
National Primary School Offer Day 2022
All primary school applicants received an offer of placement at a Tower Hamlets school on National offer Day 2022.
The borough received 3,048 primary school applications this year, with over 97% of children due to start in September being offered a place at one of their preferred schools - a slightly higher proportion than last year.
If you have any queries relating to primary school admissions, the borough’s Transition Support Service can provide advice and information.     

7. Money
Are you worried about money?
If you are worried about money, there is a useful website that lists the support available in Tower Hamlets.
Whether you are struggling with the rising cost of living, suddenly find yourself without money or need advice on managing debt, the website has options for you.

8. Pregnant
Healthy Start – Free vitamins and help to buy healthy food and milk for pregnant women and under 4’s
If you are pregnant or have children under 4 you can get help to buy healthy food and milk if you are receiving certain benefits.
You could get between £4.25 - £8.50 a week per person to spend on milk, fruit, vegetables, and pulses.
Sign up online at www.healthystart.nhs.uk or visit your local Children and Family Centre or Idea Store for help.  Once you’ve received your card, call 0300 330 2090 to activate it before using it in the shops.
All pregnant, breastfeeding and up to 1-year postnatal women and children aged 0 – 4 years in Tower Hamlets can also collect free Healthy Start vitamins from a local Children and Family Centre.

Booking details here 
Bangladeshi Mental Health Forum Signposting Document:  
·         Please see and share the attached document by the BHMFS, Ocean Regeneration Trust, Tower Hamlets Council and Mind Matters about a mental wellbeing signposting and information service
Safe Connections Suicide Prevention Hub and Helpline:  
  • The Community Suicide Prevention Hub – Safe Connections -  has gone live from the 10th of September
  • The Suicide Prevention Helpline number is: 0300 561 0115 and currently operates Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • This is a self-referral service that provides a warm and safe space to explore suicidal feelings, triggers, and the underlying causes. Callers will be supported to find and access other local services in the community, that can support to manage, or reduce suicidal feelings

safe connections posters.pdf

safe connections information.pdf

Keeping Children Safe

th online safety leaflet parents .pdf

th online safety leaflet schools v8.pdf


Summer Activities

Help towards the cost of children’s summer activities

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working families that they can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for their childcare costs over the summer.

Tax-Free Childcare – a childcare top-up of 20 per cent for working parents – can be used to help pay for accredited holiday clubs, childminders, or sports activities. It’s available for children aged up to 11, or 17 if the child has a disability.  For every £8 deposited into an account, families will receive an additional £2 in government top-up.

Find out more >

Summer Childcare


Volunteer with Praxis

Praxis is a human rights charity, based in Bethnal Green that supports migrants in crisis or at-risk, ensuring that their basic human needs are met and that they are supported to overcome the barriers they face.

By volunteering with Praxis, you will be helping deliver much needed services.

The charity is looking for dedicated individuals to volunteer in a variety of interesting roles.



Learn more >

Online sessions for parents


Family Fun Sheets!

Children learn best through ‘hands-on’ experiences. Since they are spending more leisure and learning time online, it’s important they have a break from ‘screen time’ and the chance to have fun, be creative and explore real life materials too. We have developed a series of family fun sheets which will be sent to all primary schools in the borough fortnightly.

The sheets are packed full of creative ideas that will support learning, play and wellbeing.

Keep an eye out for the resource in your school newsletter or you can request a family fun sheet by emailing the Parental Engagement Team.

family fun sheet 24 pdf.pdf



Parent sessions to support children’s learning and wellbeing

Join one of our fun informative parental engagement sessions, meet other parents, share experiences, ask any questions, and pick up some handy tips from experienced practitioners to help you support your child’s learning and wellbeing.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Learning in the Early Years
  • Mindfulness
  • Reading at Key Stage 1/ Key Stage 2
  • E-safety and Learning
  • Healthy Families
  • Maths at Key Stage 1

Get involved > 



#EveryChildOnline: Tackling digital disadvantage in Tower Hamlets

One-in-four school children in Tower Hamlets (approx. 10,000 students) are digitally disadvantaged; unable to access online learning because they have no device of their own, no connection to the internet, or both.

Even with plans for children to go back to classroom learning in March, there’s a real danger that this disadvantage will translate in the long-term to an education and opportunity gap between children with access, and those without, in Tower Hamlets.

The council and its partners are looking to raise £1 million to make an immediate impact where it’s needed most before they begin the long-term work of ensuring every single school child in Tower Hamlets has both the kit and the connectivity to 'level up' the digital divide and help those in need access their online learning.

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Did you know that Tower Hamlets offers other email newsletters to keep you up to date on a variety of topics?

  See the list and sign up!

Families Matter Magazine

th families matter spring 2021.pdf

Healthy Lives Newsletter

healthy lives update 20 01 2021.pdf


Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin


Please click here for the latest edition of the Bitesize E Bulletin from Families Matter  with information, news and helpful links to support your work with families.

Previous editions can be found at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/familiesmatter



digital skills oct 2020.pdf