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Family Monsters

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…

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…

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…

How my new job welcomed me and my mental health monster

Project Manager Tobin, shares his experience with his mental health family monster, as the last blog in our series promoting…

Alex’s top tips for talking about Mental Health

Family Action’s Fundraising Officer Alex, shares her experience and tips around her mental health family monster, as part of our…

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…

Catherine’s story: how I faced depression and my mental health family monsters

Family Action Learning and Development Coordinator, Catherine shares her mental health family monster as part of our series of blogs…

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…

How I managed my mental health family monster and my job

Administrator, Leah shares her own mental health family monster as part of our series of blogs celebrating Family Action’s commitment…

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…

Green therapy for mental health and wellbeing

As the Chelsea Flower Show approaches and our Family Monsters Garden is unveiled we look at the role of our…

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…

The centre piece of our garden: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Our landscape designer Alistair explains the centre piece, of our Family Monsters Garden, which contributes towards getting families to open up…

The trees in our garden: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Family Monsters Garden designer and idverde Landscape Architect Alistair Bayford looks at the trees being used in our garden at…

The helping hand I needed as a mum

A mother of three shares how she has managed her family pressures and how our Perinatal Support service gave her…

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,…

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…

The steel structure behind our Family Monsters Garden at Chelsea

idverde landscape architect and our Family Monsters Garden designer, Alistair Bayford discusses the challenges of a “no dig” garden at…

Perfect mum?

Selfish Mother blogger Sarah Jarman shares her experience of being a mum and the pressure to be perfect as part…

The family monster that is sleep

We’re all constantly tired or definitely know someone who is – it’s a very common family monsters indeed. So we…

Alistair shares his family monsters and the inspiration behind our garden at Chelsea

Alistair our Family Monsters Garden designer, shares his own family monster and what inspired him to get involved with our…

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 – Family Action’s Apprentice

Digital Marketing Apprentice, Beth gives an insight into her time at Family Action and what it’s like to be an…

Planting a Family Monsters Garden: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Our Family Monsters garden, was designed by idverde’s Alistair Bayford, who talks about his visit our flowers supplier – in…

The monsters in our garden: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Landscape architect and Family Monsters garden designer, Alistair Bayford discusses family monsters in the second of a series of articles…

How Angela, 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,…

Chelsea Flower Show with Alistair Number 1

Here, Alistair Bayford – our Landscape Architect for our RHS Chelsea Flower Show – talks about our garden’s concept, in…

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…

Mum faces her Family Monsters

A mum shares how one of our Perinatal Support Services and especially how her support worker *Jade has helped her…

Launching the Family Monsters Project – celebrating 150 years of Family Action

Our Chief Executive David Holmes CBE talks about the Family Monsters Project and what we have in store this, our…