This morning, I was pleased to meet with Sarah Thompson from Coram Life Education Hillingdon, a local charity supporting children’s development in schools. Residents may be more familiar with the charity as the ‘LifeBus’, as they had once previously operated in a mobile classroom when visiting local primary schools.
In my discussion with Sarah, I was interested to learn about how the benefits of their work locally, delivering workshops in primary schools on important topics for children, such as physical health, drugs education and relationships education.
The charity will also be rolling out Mental Wellbeing Workshops this academic year. Having an awareness of, and being able to normalise, the part that mental wellbeing plays in daily life, in the same way as physical health, is crucial to a child’s development. Children’s Mental Health Week in February will be a prime opportunity to promote these ideas and to offer support in local schools.
Furthermore, I know that Sarah and the team are keen to expand into areas in Harrow, including schools in Pinner and Hatch End. I will be pleased to make the relevant introductions to colleagues in Harrow to get the ball rolling.