Family Life

Devon appeals for adopters to come forward as number of children waiting increases

Adoption agencies in Devon are working together this National Adoption Week (14-20 October) to appeal for potential adopters to come forward. This comes as numbers of adopters drop to an all-time low in the county and the number of children waiting continues to grow.

Regional Adoption Agency, Adopt South West, and independent adoption charity Families for Children are specifically looking for adopters who will consider adopting a sibling group. If adoptive families cannot be found soon then it is likely that these brothers and sisters will be separated.

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Parents in the South West of England are awash wtih children's creativity

Authored by Rebeccacheesman
Posted: Wed, 07/24/2019 - 3:50pm

The average child will in the UK produce more than 2,000 arts and crafts pieces for their parents before they turn 12, according to a study*. And those items tell the story of their childhood through art.

Researchers found that parents in the South West of England face an uphill struggle to find space for the masses of drawings, greeting cards and ceramics produced by their little ones.

The overwhelming majority (83 per cent) will display all of their kid’s creations at one time or another, with the fridge being the most popular place to exhibit them.

Pet owners face flea epidemic as hot and humid weather hits

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:21pm

As sweltering temperatures are expected to soar above 30°C (86F) this week, thousands of Devon homes can expect to be on alert as the hot and humid weather provides fleas with the ideal conditions needed to multiply. 

Pets at Home is urging pet owners to regularly check their pets and homes for fleas, as the hot and humid weather conditions creates the perfect breeding ground for the parasites to thrive.

Children invited to join the library Space Chase at Devon Libraries

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:55am

Libraries across Devon and Torbay are calling for children to sign up to the Space Chase mission to read six books this summer as part of the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge. 

Anyone aged 4-11 is invited to take part in this out-of-this-world adventure by picking up a mission folder from their local library, choosing two books on each visit to the library throughout the summer and collecting stickers and rewards along the way as they rocket their way towards the finish line to claim a special medal.

South West England's young artists encouaged to represent their region

Authored by Rebeccacheesman
Posted: Mon, 07/15/2019 - 7:38pm

Is your child’s imagination constantly running away with them? Are they always drawing on any scrap of paper they can find? After receiving 1,000+ amazing entries and over 20,000 votes last year, the competition that gives budding young artists a chance to let their creativity shine is now open for 2019. This summer, the BIC® KIDS Young Artist Award is giving proud parents across the UK and Republic of Ireland the opportunity to see their child’s drawings graduate from the fridge door to billboards!

Spending Quality Time with Your Family During Summer Holidays

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Mon, 07/15/2019 - 4:38pm

Out of the many holidays that happen during the year, summer is a favourite for many. It’s a time when you get six weeks with the kids before they head back to school and move onto bigger and better things. It’s also a period in which you have to think of activities you can do with your family so that everyone is happy and engaged. This isn’t an easy task, especially if you’ve got a million and one other things on your plate. Keep reading to see how you can spend quality time with your family and make sure it counts. 

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Frances and her family - from left to right Jake, Kerry, Frances, Carla and Dan

Candles on the Canal: Family, Live Music and a Time to Remember…

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:22am

Candles on the Canal is a new event hosted by local charity Hospiscare. Its purpose is to bring hundreds of local people together for a relaxed and uplifting evening in memory of loved ones who have died, taking place on Saturday 21 September from 4:30pm. Everyone is welcome regardless of who they are remembering, how long ago their loved ones died or whether they were looked after by Hospiscare.

Bringing a pet home: A guide

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 06/04/2019 - 11:46am

Getting a new pet and welcoming them into your family is a very exciting time for you and your family. Although you want to cuddle and spend time with your pet first and foremost, keep in mind that they’re also a big responsibility to take on and can be a lot of extra work for you.

Di and Sammi Rosser on the Twilight Walk

Hospiscare's Twilight Walk: Di & Sammi Rosser's Story

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:20am

In 2016, Di & Sammi Rosser took part in the Twilight Walk simply because it sounded like a fun event and they felt that Hospiscare was a charity worth supporting. They could never have imagined two years later they would be walking in memory, having placed a photo of their much loved husband and dad Jeff on their memory star and displaying it, with so many others, within the special memory tent at The Maer, Exmouth.

Norman Hartnell

Inquiry into abusive parents’ access to children

Authored by The Family Law Co.
Posted: Fri, 05/17/2019 - 6:19am

Norman Hartnell responds to news of a call for inquiry into access to children for abusive parents.

"The focus on the protection of victims of domestic violence is very welcome.

However, it will come as no surprise to hear that there are already detailed procedures in place to deal with such matters. These are the Family Procedure Rules 2010 PD 12 J that were recently revised to give greater protection to victims of domestic violence.

Thousands of mums celebrate the 2019 Big Breastfeeding Café

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 05/08/2019 - 12:12pm

National initiative returned for its 4thyear, as new survey confirms the best breastfeeding support comes from fellow breastfeeders

Thousands of mums took part in The Big Breastfeeding Café this week.  The nationwide campaign, led by breastfeeding brand Medela,connected families via a network of mini events on 1stMay.