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    Free Families for Life training - 5 February 2019 (Alison Purchase,

    The Health and Wellbeing Team is offering free training to support schools to deliver Families for Life programmes. The training covers the session outlines for all programmes, key healthy eating and physical activity messages and includes a practical cooking element. Lunch will be provided. 

    The training is open to all staff and will provide all the tools needed to deliver a Family Kitchen or Families for Life Early Years or Primary programme. Schools that have two trained members of staff can apply for funding to run programmes in-house.

    The next training day is:

    Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
    Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
    Venue: Ambler Primary school, Blackstock Road, N4 2DR.

    Spaces are limited, to avoid disappointment, please reserve as soon as possible by emailing or call 0207 974 1752.


    Families invited to take on UK’s biggest cycling, walking and scooting school challenge (Bronwen Pickering,

    Sustrans is holding its annual school challenge from Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April 2019, to encourage more children to cycle, walk or scoot to school rather than travel there by car. It would be great to get the word out as much as possible so that we see more families taking up the challenge and discover a liking for a more active way of getting around. 

    It’s great that Angellica Bell is backing Big Pedal this year too. Below is the news release with facts and figures including miles travelled last year and reduced nitrogen oxide emissions. 

    We’ve set up a special website where schools can register to take part:

    For more information, please contact: Bronwen Pickering,


    ‘Families invited to take on UK’s biggest cycling, walking and scooting school challenge
    British television and radio presenter Angellica Bell backs Sustrans Big Pedal 2019

    This year’s competition will see schools across the UK close their streets to cars in a bid to reduce air pollution and congestion.

    Families across London are being invited to take up the Big Pedal 2019 – the UK’s largest cycling, walking and scooting challenge for schools.

    This year’s competition is backed by Angellica Bell, British television, radio presenter and cycling advocate, who took on the ‘Tour de Celeb’ in 2016 where she found her love for cycling.

    Organised by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, the competition will run from Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April and will encourage young people from across the UK to travel by bike, foot or scooter for their journey to and from school.


    During the 10 days, participating primary and secondary schools will compete with one another to make the most journeys by bike, foot or scooter.

    New research shows four in ten children are breathing toxic air at school, leaving pupils at an increased risk of developing lifelong conditions including asthma[i]. Walking and cycling can play a key role in improving air quality outside the school gates while helping to boost children’s activity levels.

    Angellica Bell, who is backing the campaign, said: “I’m delighted to be supporting this year’s Big Pedal. It’s a fantastic way to encourage more children to cycle, walk or scoot – doing wonders for their health and the environment around them.

    Sustrans’ London director, Matt Winfield, said: “The Big Pedal may only run for two weeks but can leave a lasting effect on the way children travel to school by showing parents what’s possible and how easy it can be to leave the car at home for a few extra journeys a week. With scores of schools already confirming that they will be closing surrounding streets to cars for this year’s Big Pedal, we are confident that 2019 will be even bigger and better than 2018 and demonstrate how people-prioritised streets can create a much more pleasant and safer environment for children and parents to travel.”


    The Big Pedal 2019 is open to individual classes as well as whole schools, with hundreds of thousands of pupils expected to take part.

    For schools unable to take part in the main challenge there is also a one-day version, which can include cycling, walking and scooting activities during the school day as well as on the journey to school.


    Schools and classes will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards, including scooters, if more than 15% of a school cycle, walk or scoot on each day of the challenge.


    Ask your child’s school to sign up to Sustrans Big Pedal 2019. For more information visit