Category Archives: Resources

Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies offer free webinars for parents

Since the recent announcement of schools being closed, it has meant a lot of sudden changes for parents which can have an impact on mental wellbeing.  Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies is offering two free webinars to support parents.

Managing my child during lockdown – 19th of January at 4pm

This webinar aims to look at common difficulties a parent may face when having their child at home while schools are closed and strategies to manage.

Managing my self care as a parent during lockdown – 2nd of February at 4pm

Self care can be commonly forgotten as a parent so this webinar aims to act as a refresher and reminder of the importance of self care and how to ensure parents make time for themselves.

Please note, both webinars are only available to parents who have a registered address and/or registered GP in the Tower Hamlets. The deadline to register is 24 hours prior to the day and time of the webinar.

Register here >

The Oak National Academy teacher hub

The Oak National Academy was created in April 2020 in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Leading education organisations, with over 300 teachers, came together to create over 600 lessons to keep pupils learning, which can be accessed via the teacher hub.

There are now nearly 10,000 lessons available on the site and lessons can be downloaded, customized and shared with colleagues easily. Visitors to the site can browse by subject, Key Stage and specialist lessons.

Teaching help >

Education Support are here for you

Education Support are the only UK charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities. They have produced a series of short videos for teachers, lecturers and support staff dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

They also have a series of resources on anxiety, grief and how to support education staff with their mental health and wellbeing.

They have a free, confidential helpline always available 24/7 with trained counsellors. The helpline number is 08000 562561.

Get help >

Tower Hamlets Council’s Wellbeing Programme for Schools

Tower Hamlets Council are rolling out a wellbeing programme for schools which will include training and resources on mental wellbeing. The programme will aim to support mental wellbeing and resilience and aid mental health recovery for school staff, pupils, parents and carers’, in light of the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown. The Local Authority have pulled together local experts to deliver training to school staff and Further Education (FE) providers, preventing as many people as possible from developing mental health difficulties and ensuring those with pre-existing or emerging difficulties access the right support. The training will take place online and will cover a whole school approach, wellbeing and resilience. Further training will cover specific concerns such as bereavement, anxiety and trauma. Future training dates will be shared next term. To book a place on any of the sessions listed below, please email sultanax.begum@towerhamlets.gov.uk with the name of the session(s) you would like to attend, your name and contact details. Please note that places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis. Please see below, details of the parents sessions, which are free to attend and will be held online.

Sleep and Mental Health (parents only)

Monday 14th December

Time: 10 – 11am

The Healthy Lives Team will be hosting a free online webinar which aims to provide staff and parents with practical, easy to understand knowledge about sleep, interesting facts and a range of strategies and tips to take away and apply that very same evening! The webinars will cover topics such as the importance of sleep, identifying barriers to sleep, sleep cycles, routines and much more!

Sleep and Mental Health (school staff and parents)

Date: Thursday 11th February 2021

Time: 10 – 11am

The Healthy Lives Team will be hosting a free online webinar which aims to provide staff and parents with practical, easy to understand knowledge about sleep, interesting facts and a range of strategies and tips to take away and apply that very same evening! The webinars will cover topics such as the importance of sleep, identifying barriers to sleep, sleep cycles, routines and much more!

The British Museum – Museum of the World

https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/ 

An interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history. You will also be able to listen to the British Museum curators share their insights.

Did you know- One of the oldest objects in the museum is a stone chopping tool from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania which is dated to about 1.8 million years ago. It was used with another hard stone and could be used to chop branches from trees, cut meat from large animals or smash bones for marrow fat, an essential part of early human diet.

Coronavirus: Advice on staying safe and what you can do if you are worried

Advice provided by Psychologist Laverne Antrobus

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51896156

1.  Don’t bottle up your worries – Talk to a trusted adult

2.  Find different ways to stay in touch with elderly relatives – either by telephone or video call

3.  Get your information from trusted sources – like Doctors, NHS and Newsround

4.  Don’t worry about what you cannot control – Do what you can to control the spread of the virus, Wash your hands and follow the advice of Doctors

5.  Do things you enjoy and keep yourself busy – you could try reading a book, playing a board game or doing some arts and crafts.

6.  If your school has closed and you are at home – Your school can provide you will all the schoolwork and revision materials you need

7.  Organise your day – Try to ensure that you have time to study, but also time to relax.

8. Follow the NHS advice about staying in your home – The NHS website  advises that you should stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading, but they do say that you can do one form of exercise per day, for example a run, walk or cycle alone (inform parents) or with members of your  household.

Fun Things To Do!

Fancy some high-brow culture!  Well now is your chance, free of charge!