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Calling all parents! Get virtual, parental support from experts

Posted on: 2 March 2021

To counter the effects of COVID-19, lockdown and its impact on families, Tower Hamlets Council is inviting parents to join their virtual mental health and wellbeing sessions specifically to support parents.


The Local Authority has pulled together local experts to deliver training to prevent as many people as possible from developing mental health difficulties and ensuring those with pre-existing or emerging difficulties access the right support.


The sessions are part of the council's Wellbeing for Education programme, which aims 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.


View the available sessions below. They are free to attend and will be held online. 


For parents only


Let's play! The importance of play across the age range

Date: Wednesday 3 March  

Time: 2 – 3pm

Led by: Dr Lauren Coates (Educational Psychologist) and Penelope Edwards (Trainee Educational Psychologist)


Play! What is it good for?! Well, lots of things actually! Parents, join us for a short webinar followed by a Q&A. We will explore ways to bring playfulness back into your life during lockdown and explore why it's so important. 


Supporting home learning during Covid and beyond: Primary

Date: Monday 8 March

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Led by: Dr Patrick Sullivan, Dr Michael Palmer (Educational Psychologists) and Jack Hammond (Trainee Educational Psychologist)


A short webinar for parents of primary aged children, followed by a Q&A session. We will explore the current challenges of home learning, what children are gaining, what they are missing, and share some practical strategies for how to support children at home. 


Supporting children who are anxious to return to school

Date: Wednesday 10 March 

Time: 2 - 3pm

Led by: Julie Burns (Senior Educational Psychologist), Dr Lauren Coates (Educational Psychologist) and Guy Tamlyn (Trainee Educational Psychologist)


A session for parents and school staff who support children who are expressing worries about returning to school post-lockdown.



To book a place on any of the sessions, please email:  [javascript protected email address] with the name of the session(s) you would like to attend and your contact details. 


Please note that places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis.