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Families for Life

Families for Life - free healthy lifestyle programmes and sessions to families in Islington

Lunch Bunch Summer 2021

This summer, we have an exciting Lunch Bunch programme of free fun food activities for Islington families. We are here to help you all get active, and cook and eat healthy meals together!  There will be no cost for ingredients.

Lunch Bunch will be running during the summer school holidays and will be offered as part of a variety of activities that are running across the borough.

We will provide:

  • A new recipe each week over the summer holiday (available from all Lunch Bunch activities, leisure centres, libraries and downloadable from this page)
  • Recipe videos on Islington YouTube channel
  • Virtual Family Kitchen cook along (single sessions) 
  • Virtual Family Kitchen cooking programme (4 sessions)

Join in the cooking fun. Follow one of the recipes and share on Instagram #IslingtonFamiliesforLife with the chance to win!

Our fun summer Lunch Bunch programme is for you and your child(ren) aged 5 - 11 years. It takes place virtually on the following dates. Come and cook lunch with us. All sessions will be running from 10.30 - 12.00.

  • Session 1: Date: Tuesday 27 July 
  • Session 2: Date: Thursday 29 July 
  • Session 3:  Date: Tuesday 3 August 
  • Session 4: Date: Thursday 5 August   

We also be running weelkly virtual cook–along sessions (via Zoom). Suitable for families with children aged 5 - 11. Join one or more sessions as you like. Each session we will be cooking lunch together following the recipe published that week. Each session will be running from 10.30 - 12.30

  • Week 1: Friday 30 July 
  • Week 2: Friday 6 August 
  • Week 3: Monday 9 August 
  • Week 4: Tuesday 17 August 
  • Week 5: Thursday 26 August 

It’s a fun way to cook with your children and learn new, healthy recipes!

We will provide free ingredients to take part in the programme and cook along sessions! 

Email us to book a place on the programme or any of the cook-along sessions. You'll be receive an automatic reply with a form to complete. 

Outside of the summer holiday, Families for Life offer is:

Family Kitchen

Family Kitchen is a cooking course with healthy lifestyle messages that has been designed to help families with children aged 2 to 11 to make healthy lifestyle choices to 'feel good and live well'. Parent and children attend a weekly programme together. 

Families for Life sessions 

Families for Life focus more on healthy lifestyle messages with minimal food preparation. 

More information

During the Covid-19 lockdown programmes are being run via zoom or telephone sessions.  

Families for Life telephone sessions 

These are one-off sessions covering a range of topics such as eating well at home, breakfast ideas and hidden sugars, understanding labels and portion sizes and staying active at home. Fill out the booking form to arrange a telephone conversation about a topic relevant to you and we will get back to you to arrange a suitable date and time. 

Virtual Family Kitchen weekly programme 

These are run via zoom with new programmes starting every half term. Each session you'll cook a simple meal together and includes useful information, such as how to deal with fussy eating and label reading. Each session is an hour and a half. We run programmes for families with children in early years or in primary. Follow the link to find out when the programmes are held: 

How to book

For families

To book on a programme, please email us. You will be sent a form to complete which asks for your contact details and about the ages of your children. 

For professionals

To refer a family, please email. Please make sure to use a secure email system if you are emailing us from outside of the council. You will be sent a form to complete with details about the family, your contact details and the name of the family's GP. 

For more information contact Families for Life on 020 7527 2304 or email

Families for Life Community Champion Programme

Interested in becoming a Families for Life Community Champion and supporting your friends and family to 'feel good and live well'? Find out more here.

Families for Life e-newsletter

Sign up for the Families for Life newsletter.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Families for Life
020 7527 2304
Families for Life webpage on FiS


Virtual (zoom or telephone)

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Time of day
Session Information
Virtual sessions via telephone or Zoom

Other Details

Cost Details
Attendance is free for families living in Islington or families whose children attend an Islington school.
Who is this service for?
Families with children aged 2 - 11, who would like support to develop a healthy lifestyle, who have children who are fussy eaters, or have a concern about weight.
Can I refer myself?
How to refer or apply

For families, to book on a programme, please email us. You will send a form to complete which asks for your contact details and your family make up. 

For professionals, to refer a family, please email. Please make sure to use a secure email system if you are emailing us from outside of the council. You will be send a form to complete with details about the family, your contact details and the name of the family's GP. 

Record updated: 26/07/2021