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.
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'PAPAS' launches at Gillingham Football Club
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