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Michelle’s story: how Family Action’s FOOD Clubs inspired my family

When Michelle took up her post as Family Action’s Deputy Director of Services and Innovation National Services, she knew what excited her…

Delivering a nativity to remember with our Peterborough Pre-Schools despite a difficult year

Children from Family Action’s seven pre-schools have taken part in a nativity show for the past six years. However, this year the traditional performance would be impossible. Here our…

Getting ready for Christmas with our Southend Children’s Centre podcast

In this episode we catch up with our South End Children’s Centre, Mum and Baby group, to find out what…

Why cooking and eating together is important

With more of us cooking and eating at home in recent months, here Sharon Robinson, Family Action’s Food On Our…

Thrifty tips for using Christmas leftovers and crafting budget-friendly presents

Christmas and delicious food go hand in hand – but often luxurious treats can stretch our budgets as well as…

Volunteering at our FOOD clubs this Christmas 

Food On Our Doorstep (FOOD) clubs provide low cost, healthy and sustainable food for families on a budget who are at risk of food insecurity. The valuable work of our FOOD clubs is only…

Counting the cost – ways to save money during an unusual Christmas

The end of the year is traditionally a time when we sit and reflect on the year that’s been, and…

Dan, The Breaking Dad’s story: making Christmas magic as a single parent

We hear from Dan Betts, creator of the Instagram page @The_Breaking_Dad, as well as thebreakingdad.co.uk, about his experience of Christmas as a single…

Managing family relationships during a COVID-19 Christmas 

Spending time with family at Christmas is magical but it can also put a strain on family relationships, this year…

Making Christmas magic this year

This is the first in a series of blogs where we will be counting down to Christmas with a mix…

The positive impacts of allotments on mental and physical health

It’s not just a case of us looking after our allotments – during lockdown it’s become clear that allotments have…

Nicola’s story: how Family Action’s grant helped my daughter and I

COIVD-19’s impact on the nation’s health, economy and schools has been dramatic and far-reaching but, in many respects, the effects…

Celebrating World Food Day with our FOOD Clubs

Today it’s World Food Day, which offers us the chance to celebrate its theme of “food heroes”, who are helping…

Coronavirus – employee rights and how they affect you 

The economic and financial implications of COVID-19 have resulted in increased job insecurity across the country and, in some cases, unemployment. It’s a worrying time for…

Worrying about employment in the post-COVID world

The Government’s furlough scheme that it introduced in response to COVID-19 is unprecedented and has kept many families from severe…

Back to School with Clapham Manor podcast

In this episode we visit Clapham Manor Primary School and Nursery, to find out how students; Ezra, Romy, Riadore and…

Inspiring brunch ideas from our Holiday Hub team

Now that many of us are starting to get back to school and work, we may reminisce about our family…

Report out: Our response to the COVID-19 challenge

Our Chief Executive, David Holmes, CBE and Chair of Trustees, Mary Fulton introduce a report on our response to the…

Back to school – low cost, high quality packed lunch inspiration with Bacofoil®

To help us support families preparing to go back to school, we have partnered with household favourite and kitchen helper,…

Fun ways to enjoy nature outside with your children

The summer holidays are great to enjoy some time with your children, but after a long period of lockdown and…

Money-saving tips for troubled times

We’ve spoken to a range of our experts from all over our organisation and come up with some handy money…

Summer Staycation Strategies

The summer holidays are here but with the national and global picture still uncertain and countries moving into and out…

Louise’s story: food, meal times and my family during lockdown

Louise, our National Food Services Operational Manager and mother to a teenager, shares her lockdown experience and the part food…

Lockdown… and beyond. A new perspective and way of living

COVID-19 has, without a doubt, changed the way we live – the way we socialise, shop, work (and workout).  However, despite…

Hannah’s story: lockdown in perfect company 

We’ve been sharing stories regarding the little changes we’ve all made during lockdown which have had a positive effect on…

Young Carer Maggie – looking after her family during COVID-19

Maggie Brooks an extraordinary individual with an astonishing story to tell, at only 12 years old. Read on to find…

Joshua’s story: how having a mentor turned my life around

During this period of physical distancing, staying connected to each other is more important than ever. That’s why our services are…

A new way to manage loneliness as a single parent

Read Zoë’s story as a single mum & founder of Frolo, one of the services we reccomend through our FamilyLine…

Mohbub’s story: Receiving a COVID-19 grant

We knew from the moment COVID-19 hit the news headlines that families of all kinds across the country would be…

We’ve partnered with The Times Coronavirus Charity Appeal

We’ve partnered with The Times and The Sunday Times Emergency Coronavirus Appeal to support the thousands of vulnerable families we work…

Jo’s story: money, food and my family during the lockdown

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 and the resulting isolation measures have placed financial and emotional stress on families across society…

Ideas to feed your family during the COVID-19 lockdown

Our National School Breakfast Programme, Project Support Officer and public health nutritionist, Gill understands the difficulties many families are facing…

Isolation ideas for your children from a pre-school professional

Since the government rolled out nationwide isolation measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic parents have found themselves much more involved…

Jade’s story: pregnancy, birth & Covid-19

Pregnancy and the prospect of giving birth can be an anxious time, even more so during this unprecedented time. We…

How to enjoy the weekend during the COVID-19 outbreak

Modern life is built around the working week, with many of us dreaming of when Friday rolls around. However, due…

How to manage family tensions whilst self isolating together

While many of us love spending quality time with our family, being on lockdown means we can’t do the things…

Learning at home with your children during the COVID-19 outbreak

Long periods of school absence can fill many parents with nagging doubts about the effect on their children’s wellbeing and…