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Children and families

Managing Children’s Expectations of Christmas 

No family is an island and children are exposed to a range of views about what Christmas should mean to…

Choosing Christmas trees with HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Following the announcement that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will become our new Royal Patron, The Duchess joined…

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge becomes our Royal Patron

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and everyone at Family Action, I am delighted to announce that Her Royal…

Save money and get crafty this Christmas  

There’s something truly special about the act of giving and sharing at this time of the year, so here we…

What we have lined up for ‘Families at Christmas’

Our Chief Executive David Holmes CBE introduces our festive blog series and talks about what we have in store for…

A thank you to our grandmas, grandpas, nans, grandads, grannies, and grandpops

Here at Family Action, we have a holistic approach to helping families – supporting every generation from babies, children and…

The impact of breakfast on learning in children

Dr Katie Adolphus, Dr Clare Lawton and Professor Louise Dye from the Human Appetite Research Unit at the University of…

Tanya’s story: an adoptee working in adoption

Tanya, a Project Worker with our Adopteens service, delivered by PAC-UK shares her own experience of being adopted and how…

The research behind our work supporting families facing pressures

Now that the school summer holidays are over and children are back at school, our Chief Executive David Holmes CBE talks…

Screen time? How much is too much?

If you’re not sure what’s best for your children when it comes to screen time, you’ve come to the right…

Carl’s story: how we tackle our communication family monsters

As part of our Family Monsters campaign, we’ve been discussing some of the challenges families face during the holidays – including finding…

Charlotte’s story: managing financial family monsters as a single mum

As part of our Family Monsters Project’s focus this summer holidays, we’ve been asking families about the everyday struggles that can surface…

On our best behaviour? 7 sibling strategies to keep the peace this summer

You’ve all been cooped up together in the house. You’re frazzled. You’ve had too much caffeine and too little sleep.…

How parents can save money during the school holidays

We have already seen how some of our very simple tips for working parents can save you money during what can often…

Recipes to keep your family fed and happy this summer. Part 2

Finding healthy meals to feed the family during the holidays can be challenging. Read more of our simple summer recipes…

Simple summer recipes that will keep your family fed and happy Part 1 

Coming up with a different meal every day that the whole family will enjoy can be a real challenge, especially…

Top 5 things to do before you hear “I’m bored” this summer! Part 2

Already having fun with your family this summer thanks to our first 5 fun tips? Make the most of the…

How to feed your children on a budget… and have fun with food this summer 

Our Holiday Hubs work with families across the UK to provide meals and opportunities for family bonding through eating, learning…

How to keep your children entertained this summer

Community Engagement and Volunteer Support Worker, Julie Pike from one of our Holiday Hub services, shares some tips to ease…

Top 5 things to do before you hear “I’m bored” this summer! Part 1

We know that being a parent can be difficult at times, especially when it comes to keeping children entertained during…

Top Tips for Working Parents

Being a parent or carer can sometimes feel like a full time job in its own right – especially during…

Abbey’s story: family life and the stresses of the work-life balance

Below is Abbey’s story about how her and her husband manage their work-life balance… it’s not always easy that’s for…

Gabrielle’s story: the difference I make as a mentor

Gabrielle is a volunteer mentor with our Friendship Works service. She writes about how her friendship with Crocell, her mentee,…

Crocell’s story: how having a friend and mentor helped me

Crocell, 16, writes about his friendship with his volunteer mentor, Gabrielle. Crocell was referred to our Friendship Works service in…

Amber Rudd visit’s NSBP school

MP Amber Rudd visits one of our National School Breakfast Programme’s schools to show her why it’s important that the…

A Dad’s story: family monsters and feeling like we don’t have enough time together

Father’s Day is here but it’s worth remembering that although being a parent is incredibly rewarding it can be hard…

How to manage exam pressure and your family monsters

We caught up with a group of young carers recently who shared with us their insight into juggling exam pressures…

Jade’s story: why it’s important to talk about your family monsters

Blogger, Jade shares her experience of caring for her niece and nephew as a Special Guardian and why it’s important…

Motivating students to eat a healthy breakfast

We look at how our National School Breakfast Programme and an Aston Villa footballer are inspiring secondary school students to…

Fiona’s story: my mental health family monster and work

Early Years Coordinator, Fiona shares her own personal mental health experience as part of our series of blogs celebrating Family…

Leaving the care system and having a mentor

One year ago, our Friendship Works service ran the first training weekend for Care Leaver Mentors.  David, one of the…

We’re officially 150 years old!

Today we’re celebrating our official 150 year anniversary read on to hear from our Chief Executive, David Holmes, CBE, about…

A daughter’s story: my number one mum – mental illness and all…

A daughter shares her experience of having a bipolar mum who is still her number one It’s a funny thing,…

A daughter’s story: when mum isn’t around

As Mother’s Day approaches a daughter who’s mum is sadly no longer around shares what the day means to her…

Our National School Breakfast Programme Hits 1775 Target!

We are delighted to say that the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) has reached the recruitment target of 1,775 schools…

Angela’s story: how a mum, tackled her family monsters

As part of the Family Monster Project we’re encouraging people to share their family pressures. Here’s the story of one Mum, Angela,…

FamilyLine a free out of hours helpline for families

FamilyLine is a free digital helpline service provided by Family Action, for parents and carers.   FamilyLine was designed to…

Duchess of Cambridge launches FamilyLine

Duchess of Cambridge visits Family Action to launch FamilyLine and help get families talking about their pressures. Today the Duchess of…

Getting ready for the Duchess of Cambridge’s visit

Tomorrow the Duchess of Cambridge is visiting Family Action to launch our FamilyLine, a new confidential helpline for families. FamilyLine…

The school that… was popular right out of the gate

We look at how Wallington Primary Academy have been getting on as part of our National School Breakfast Programme, making sure…

The school that… was our breakfast programme’s first special school.

We speak to Bluebell Park school to find out how our National School Breakfast Programme has been adapted to work…

Why Dental Health Matters – The Tooth, and Nothing but the Tooth!

We find out more about how schools delivering breakfast, such as those we support under the National School Breakfast Programme,…

Family Christmas Tips

With 10 days to go until Christmas we share with you some top tips each day to try and make…

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence 2018

On the 25th November, we recognised White Ribbon Day and international Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, as…

Children’s Minister Visits National School Breakfast Programme

One of our National School Breakfast schools had a very special visitor recently! Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi, stopped…

Sarah-Louise’s Story: what mentoring means this National Mentoring Day

For National Mentoring Day on 27th October, Sarah-Louise, a volunteer mentor with our Friendship Works service, reflected on what mentoring…

Charlie Story: Volunteering in the 21st century

We hear from Charlie, a Volunteer Befriender with our National Parent Support Service discussing why she volunteers her time and…

Joshua’s story: A child in need of a mentor

Our London mentoring service, Friendship Works currently has 48 children in Lambeth and other London boroughs who are waiting for…

Back to School Time

It’s back to school time again and our London mentoring service, Friendship Works is looking at how this and other…

Samantha’s story: becoming a special guardian

Family Action support worker, Samantha discusses her own experience as a prospective special guardian and looks at the difference our…

The difference mentoring and friendship makes

Our London youth mentoring service, Friendship Works gears up to celebrate International Friendship Day and looks at the importance of…