Most families face challenges at some time and may need help and advice. Being a parent or carer to a child or young person can often be difficult without readily available emotional support and guidance. Many parents feel confused by the information that is available or struggle to access services close to home. This is why the charity Family Action is launching a new National Digital Parent Support Service (DPSS) to provide practical and emotional support to parents and the carers of children and young people with the issues and challenges which impact on their family’s day to day living.
Welcome to the Family Action media centre. Here you can read our latest media statements and download our press releases. Need a comment or point of view on a story you’re working on? We can provide experts who are able to speak about a range of topics related to our work with vulnerable families. If appropriate there may be opportunities to put you in touch with families who can share their personal stories with you. Get in touch with the media team on 020 7241 7621 or email@example.com during office hours, or on 07903 074174 for emergency out of hours enquiries. Family Action is on Twitter too; follow us @family_action.
New Digital Parent Support Service launched to help parents and carers with the challenges of family life
19 February 2018
Charity to deliver complementary support service at Homerton A&E to help with increased winter demand faced by hospital
11 December 2017
To help alleviate the extra pressure experienced by the A & E Department at Homerton Hospital, Hackney, due to increased demand during the winter, the charity Family Action, in collaboration with the Healthy London Partnership, will be providing an exciting new Social Prescribing Service at the hospital from December 2017 until March 2018.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits Hornsey Road Children's centre
Family Action, a national charity committed to building stronger families through 140 projects across England, Wales and the Isle of Man, would like to thank the Duchess of Cambridge for visiting Hornsey Road Children’s Centre and Nursery today. The Duchess met with families who use the centre and nursery and met parents, babies, staff and volunteers who access or work within Family Action’s perinatal mental health services around the country.
New services to be set up to support families and individuals affected by the Grenfell Tower fire thanks to funds raised by Haley Yearwood and 36,323 donors
11 October 2017
Family Action is very honoured to have been chosen by Haley Yearwood to disburse the funds raised through her incredible crowdfunding appeal following the terrible Grenfell Fire. In accordance with Haley’s original vision the funds will be spent on both short term and long term support for the individuals and families affected by the fire.
In the short term we will be establishing a grants scheme in order to disburse £750,000 of the monies raised very quickly to those affected. This grants scheme will be open within the next few days and will build on our recent experience of making financial grants to those affected by the fire. The rest of the funds raised will be used to fund a long term responsive service providing emotional and practical support to the Grenfell community. The service will be provided for a minimum of three years. This service will go into set up now and will be fully operational by January.
Family Action launches first national support service for Special Guardians
19 September 2017
Family Action has launched an exciting new National Special Guardianship Support Service to provide high quality information, guidance and emotional support to special guardians across England. This new service has been developed in direct response to the increase in the number of Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) being granted and to help and support the growing number of special guardianship families.
Special open day to welcome local community to Birchtree Pre-School, Peterborough
18 September 2017
The family support charity Family Action welcomed families, both new and old, to a special open day at Birchtree Pre-School in Dogsthorpe on September 4th.
Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Family Action would like to give our warmest congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the wonderful news that they are expecting their third child.
We are honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge chose to visit Hornsey Road Children’s Centre. Although she is no longer able to attend today we entirely understand why this wasn’t possible.
The Duchess of Cambridge to visit the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre
We are honoured and delighted that The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to visit Hornsey Road Children’s Centre.
We look forward to introducing The Duchess to some of the parents and children we support together with Family Action staff. We are also looking forward to presenting the range of Early Years’ services Family Action offers, and particularly our perinatal support work.
Family Action has reached 96 households affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire so far, but is determined to reach more
20 July 2017
Family Action would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated money to the Family Action Grenfell Tower Fund appeal which has raised £258,000 to date, with more money still being donated. We are pleased to be able to announce that, as of Thursday 20 July, we have made 96 grants to households affected by the recent devastating fire totalling £144,540.00 (93 households in Grenfell Tower and three households in the adjacent Grenfell Walk). All grants have been made to improve the wellbeing of those households. Family Action believes that there are other Grenfell individuals and families who may need help who have not yet applied for grants. We are encouraging those people to come forward so we can support them too.
Have you been involved with Friendship Works or the Friends United Network? Help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary this Autumn!
We would love to hear from anyone who has been involved with the charity Family Action’s mentoring service Friendship Works throughout its 40-year history. We want anyone who had a mentor with us as a child or young person; volunteer mentors; supporters and staff from the past to contact us to be part of our celebrations and help us make our anniversary really special. This will include a ‘birthday party’ to be held in the Autumn!
Friendship Works at 40!
This year, Friendship Works celebrates 40 years of supporting young Londoners through mentoring.
As often happens, reaching this milestone has led us to reflect on our achievements so far, and consider where we want to go next. Friendship Works are excited to share some of those reflections with you.
Family Action raises money for the longer term needs of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire
Through people’s incredible generosity, the immediate needs of families and individuals involved in the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower are being met. However, those affected by the fire will need ongoing help and support to re-establish their homes and rebuild their lives. Family support charity, Family Action, is raising money for these longer term needs and we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated money so far to our appeal for their amazing kindness and desire to help.
Like to donate to our appeal please visit our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/familyaction/grenfell The more we raise the more we can achieve for those affected by the fire.
Family Action raises money for those affected by Grenfell Tower Fire
Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Family Action, who have run support services in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for many years, has started crowdfunding to raise money for the individuals and families affected.
Durham Young Carers
The Bridge, Durham Young Carers Service, run by Family Action, is appealing to all its friends and supporters to vote online to help them receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons.
As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country and Durham Young Carers is one of those selected.
Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000. Those who want to vote should visit the MCF website www.mcf.org.uk/vote, select the Durham page and vote for the charity of their choice. The voting period is from Monday 12 June until Monday 31st July.
Young Carers from Lewisham enjoy day out at the Science Museum’s new ‘Wonderlab’
A party of six children, together with a mum and staff from the charity Family Action’s Lewisham Young Carer’s Service enjoyed a fantastic visit to the Science Museum’s new interactive ‘Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery’ in central London on April 11th.
The group had great fun trying out the amazing interactive exhibits, including friction slides, and watching the “Under Pressure” live demonstration, learning about how science and mathematics shape our lives.
The trip was organised as part of the partnership between the Science Museum and Family Action giving free access to the Wonderlab for groups of children and their families who are supported by the charity.
Gogglebox’s Georgia McCormick to speak at Family Action’s ASD/ADHD Information Sharing Day in Peterborough
Family Action is delighted to announce that Georgia McCormick from Channel 4’s Hit Show Gogglebox will be our guest speaker at the Charity’s ASD/ADHD Information Sharing Day which is being held as part of Autism Awareness month.
The free event on the 26th April, which has been organised by Family Action’s Peterborough’s SENDIAS Support service together with volunteers and other local services, is an opportunity for families, from across Peterborough, with children who are pre/post diagnosis of ASD/ADHD to listen to guest speakers and meet other parents and carers facing similar challenges and issues. This event is also aimed at professionals as well as families. Georgia McCormick, who has two children with additional needs, will share her journey that continues to date, and welcomes the opportunity to speak with other parents in a similar situation.
Friendship Works Mentoring launches in Lambeth
Friendship Works, which is run by the charity Family Action, is delighted to announce they are launching their mentoring service in Lambeth thanks to a grant from Walcot Foundation. The charity is now recruiting volunteers to mentor children and young people in the Lambeth area. The children and young people supported are all different, but all have one thing in common: they are facing multiple disadvantages and their circumstances often mean they have limited social interaction outside the family home. This means it is difficult for them to access the types of extracurricular activities most children enjoy, which help build self-esteem and develop life-skills.
Join the annual Wassail to bless the trees at Swaefas Swale Community Orchard, Swaffham
Family Action’s ESCAPE Project and Wissey Valley Arts, with support from the Norfolk Community Foundation, have come together to organise the annual Wassail at the Swaefas Swale Community Orchard, Swaffham taking place on Saturday 14th January. This centuries old traditional ceremony blesses the apple trees to help produce a good crop and ensure a bountiful harvest in the forthcoming season. Wassailers will meet at the ESCAPE Community Allotments, run by Family Action, on Tumbler Hill for mulled apple juice followed by the ceremony which will commence with the crowning of the Wassail King or Queen. Then, accompanied by flaming torches, everyone will join a noisy procession to Swaefas Swale Orchard where the fire will be lit and traditional wassail verse and ritual will complete the ceremony. Weather permitting, there will be music around the fire afterwards.
Cheltenham businesses support evening of glamour to support vulnerable families
Family Action is hosting fundraising event “Cheltenham on Trend” – an exclusive evening of fashion and glamour for the second year running. The fashion show and auction will feature all the latest trends from leading fashion retailers including Cousins of Cheltenham, OSKA, Karen Millen, Hobbs, LK Bennett and the House of Fraser. This fabulous event is sponsored once again by the award winning Stuart Holmes Salon for hair and beauty.
New service launches for new mums in Manchester
Family Action is launching a new and important Perinatal Support Service in Manchester this January. The Manchester Perinatal Support Service is focused on the ‘perinatal’ period, which means from conception onwards up to baby being one year old. The service is designed to provide emotional support for women and families during this critical time and is the first of its kind in Manchester. The service trains volunteer Befrienders who, as peer supporters, will provide emotional support and will also help families to access support from other relevant services in their communities thus breaking the cycle of despair and social isolation caused by perinatal depression.
Lottery win for local mums, dads and babies
It was announced this week that a new specialised programme to support new parents and their babies in Northampton and Daventry is to be launched thanks to an award of nearly £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
The programme, ‘Flourishing Babies’, will be run in partnership by local family therapy charity NorPIP; family support charity, Family Action and Before Baby which is run by social enterprise Engage Antenatal C.I.C. and aims to generate better outcomes for 300 vulnerable babies and families across the area over the next three years.
New joint service launched to support families across Wales
The charities Atal Y Fro and Family Action announce the launch of a new joint service, the Families Together Project. The service, which is funded by the Welsh Government, will help families across Wales who are in need of support.
'PAPAS' launches at Gillingham Football Club
A new service to support fathers in Medway was launched at Gillingham Football Club on 21st July. ‘PAPAS’ (Partners Access to Perinatal Advice & Support offers help to new dads and fathers-to-be who are supporting partners affected by mental health issues during pregnancy and following the birth of a child.
Free Relationship support available for parents in Medway and North Kent
Parents as Partners, which is run by the charity Family Action in conjunction with Tavistock Relationships, is launching a new service in Medway and North Kent which offers a free group programme for couples and co-parents of children aged eleven or under.
New support for families affected by ASD or ADHD as charity launches Health Champions Service
Family Action is launching a significant new service to support families where a child has recently been diagnosed, or awaits assessment, regarding an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The Department of Health has awarded the charity funding for three years to deliver the Health Champions service in three sites; Breckland and West Norfolk, Peterborough and Sandwell.
Vital project supporting vulnerable members of the community to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing appeals for funds to avoid closure
“I’m not sure what I would do without this place… I have nowhere else to go, this is a big part of my life” Project participant
This Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May), we would like to highlight the ESCAPE project at Tumbler Hill in Swaffham. The Project, managed by the charity Family Action, to supports vulnerable members of the local community with improved mental health and emotional wellbeing. This is achieved through the benefits of being outside, being active, growing, nurturing and eating the food produced by the Project’s participants and most importantly of all, through feeling a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose.
Young Carers Services in London receive Investors in Children Award
Three Young Carers Services, run by the charity Family Action in London, have been awarded the Investing in Children Membership Award™ by the organisation Investing in Children. The charity’s Young Carers Services in Camden, Islington and Newham are all recipients of the award.
Family Action shortlisted for UK Charity Governance Awards 2016
Family Action has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Governance Awards 2016. The charity is in the running for the ‘Embracing opportunity and harnessing risk’ award and a prize of a £5,000 unrestricted grant. Family Action is one of 18 charities from across the UK that completes the full shortlist.
Opening Doors, Changing Lives - new research into the benefits of cash grants combined with intensive support
New research into the innovative Open Doors Programme, run by the charity Family Action with support from Lankelly Chase, reveals the significant impact small cash grants have when combined with other support. With in-depth interviews with grant recipients and their support workers, the report “Opening Doors, Changing Lives”, gives a unique insight into how these grants, together with accompanying support from a network of services, can have a real impact on a recipient’s entire life.
Family Action to support Isle of Man families
Family Action is delighted to be delivering the supervised contact centre in Douglas on behalf of the Isle of Man Government and to be working closely with the Government to implement a high quality family support service
Family Action’s CEO wins top award at the national HR Distinction Awards 2016
Family Action is thrilled that their CEO, David Holmes CBE was named as “People-Focused CEO of the Year” at the HR Distinction Awards last night in Birmingham.
Prime Minister visits Family Action
Family Action was very pleased to welcome the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP and Secretary of State for Education the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP to Family Action on the 11th January 2016 and to introduce them to a wide range of our family support services.
Family Action's new Vice Patrons
Family Action were delighted to welcome new Vice Patrons at the exclusive archive event “Families and Hard Times”. The Vice Patrons are Christine Davies CBE; Dr Andrew McCulloch; Dame Denise Platt DBE; Katie Vanneck-Smith and Professor Harriet Ward CBE.
Big Lottery grant to pilot A&E Service
Family Action is delighted to have been awarded a Big Lottery grant of £378,035 which will allow the charity to pilot its successful WellFamily service, presently offered in GP surgeries in Hackney and Wandsworth, in an A & E department to help reduce ‘repeat and inappropriate attendance’.
Friendship Works joins forces with Family Action
The charities Family Action and Friendship Works are delighted to announce they will be formally merging on the 1st October. Friendship Works will join the portfolio of services that Family Action provides to vulnerable children, young people and families across the UK.
National programme set to fill the holiday gap
A family learning food and play programme is helping to fill the gap and reduce families’ financial and emotional strain during the school holidays by running 32 ‘holiday kitchen’ programmes across the country throughout August.
Child poverty statistics: End Child Poverty coalition statement
Responding to the publication of the child poverty statistics, Family Action CEO and Chair of the End Child Poverty coalition, David Holmes responding to the publication of the child poverty statistics.
Parents as Partners - group work programme announces impressive outcomes
Innovative group parenting programme reduces parents’ psychological distress, improves relationship quality and parenting skills, helping participants and their children.
Training and Consultancy Launch
Family Action launches its brand new Training and Consultancy Service, offering expert knowledge, specialist training and professional consultancy to other organisations and agencies working with vulnerable families, children and individuals.
Maternal mental health - letter to Chancellor George Osbourne
A coalition of 29 organisations, including Family Action, have united to send a Mother’s Day letter to Chancellor George Osborne, calling for better funding for maternal mental health services ahead of next week’s budget.
Family Room Manifesto launched
A joint manifesto, published the by Family Room coalition of charities, is launched on Tuesday 10 February 2015.
The Family Room – coordinated by The Family and Childcare Trust – is a collaboration of 18 leading not for profit organisations supporting millions of families each year and developing family policy across the UK.
In the run up to the General Election, members of the Family Room have come together to create a joint manifesto covering a range of areas closely connected to family and childcare policy. The manifesto is calling on any incoming Government to develop a cross-departmental Family Strategy to improve family income, stability and wellbeing.
Opening Doors, Changing Lives - evaluation shows the benefits of cash grants
Family Action, supported by LankellyChase Foundation and NEF Consulting, releases the first findings from the innovative Open Doors programme. The programme distributes small cash grants via a network of partners who provide support to people experiencing extreme poverty and severe and multiple disadvantage (SMD).
Holiday Kitchen: Learning Food and Play for Families who Need it Most
A new evaluation highlights the effectiveness of Holiday Kitchen, an innovative programme that provides family learning, food and play to families that need it most during the summer holiday periods.
Pro Bono Economics evaluation of Family Action Perinatal Support Services Press Release
Family Action’s Perinatal Support Services are effective in reducing post-natal depression and there is evidence of a wide range of short and long term benefits for the women themselves, their children and society at large.
The Campaign to End Child Poverty has published new figures that provide a child poverty map of the whole of the UK.
Family Action Chief Executive and Chair of End Child Poverty, David Holmes said: “These figures reveal just how widely and deeply child poverty reaches into our communities, even those areas generally regarded as well off. Far too many children whose parents are struggling to make a living are suffering as a result and missing out on the essentials of a decent childhood that all young people should be entitled to. We can and must do better for our children.
“Poverty ruins childhoods and reduces life chances. Failing to invest properly in children is a false economy: already child poverty costs the country £29bn each year and in the long run taxpayers will foot an even higher bill for correcting the damage.
“We are calling on politicians of all parties to urgently set out a clear roadmap towards ending child poverty which includes the additional actions needed and the measures by which progress will be tracked.”
To read the full press release visit www.cpag.org.uk/media/press-releases
Parents as Partners Programme - Free Course to Help Couples Build Stronger Family Lives
Parents in Manchester who are worried relationship issues are affecting their parenting abilities are being sought to attend a free programme run by Family Action and the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR).
NAHT’s ‘Change Checklist’ to help parents and carers prepare children for starting school or moving up to secondary
Maintaining routines at home in the face of change at school is just one of the tips offered to parents in the latest leaflet from school leaders’ union NAHT and partner charity, Family Action.
NAHT and Family Action team up for a second year of the ‘Ready to Learn Every Day’ partnership
Advice on preserving children’s wellbeing is the focus of the latest leaflet to come from the partnership between school leaders’ union NAHT and the charity Family Action.
Parents key to unlocking education opportunities, say experts
New leaflet includes tips on how parents can make invaluable link between lessons and leisure time
Leaflet from Family Action and NAHT is third produced under the banner ‘Ready to Learn Every Day’
Action needed to tackle damaging impact of loneliness at Christmas
76% of Family Action workers say isolation is a bigger problem at Christmas
Report calls for extra investment in services to tackle loneliness
Home Economics: New report shows Brits caught out by costs of moving and maintaining a home
Squeeze on budgets sees moving and furnishing costs take families by surprise
Many consider cutting back spending on food and heating to pay for furnishing a home
Almost 60% say their homes have not improved in past five years
Make time to listen to your children, parents urged
New leaflet for parents asks them to make quality family time for speaking and listening
Includes advice on what mums and dads can do to help develop their children’s communication skills
Leaflet from Family Action and NAHT is second of four produced under the banner ‘Ready to Learn Every Day’
Back-to-school costs are punishing parents
Pricey school uniforms should be dropped in favour of plain clothes and a badge
Mums struggling with cost of first baby
New report shows a range of costs are taking parents by surprise but emotional support from partners matters most
Family Star helps track progress
Independent evaluation recommends practice innovation tool to commissioners of family services