Family Life

Children in Exeter to take part in UK Reads Story Box Project

Literacy charity UK Reads holds a special Story Box Project with Exeter Chiefs rugby star and children’s co-author of ‘Bounce Back Jack’, Jack Maunder.

On 20th October 2021, 15 children and their families will join Jack and the UK Reads literacy team at Sandy Park. The sessions will deliver fun and engaging literacy activities that aim to increase enjoyment and confidence of literacy and develop a regular reading routine at home.

UK Reads supports children and families most in need to improve literacy skills through fun interactive experiences. In response to reach...

Birthday planning tips for your little princess

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Fri, 04/30/2021 - 8:49am

Are you nervous about planning the upcoming birthday party for your little princess? Or maybe you have no idea how to start.

We feel you.

Planning any party can often be daunting. No wonder we always tend to feel overwhelmed while attempting to organise a "perfect party".

If your princess is under ten years or less, you have the extra burden of planning a safe, happy and successful party for young children guests who may be cranky or just plain unruly. Many questions will arise like:

  • Will you have enough food?
  • How will you keep track of
  • ...

Devon adoption agencies need families for brothers and sisters who need to stay together

Just under half of children waiting for adoption are in family groups of two or more with 20 groups waiting in Devon

Latest figures show there are currently 2,020 children waiting to be adopted in England and, of those, 44% are in family groups of two or more. Groups of children wait an average of 17 months to be adopted, which is 36% longer (135 days more) than individual children. More than half of these groups (56%) even wait more than 18 months for their new family. For many potential adopters, this is due to groups being slightly older and worries about financial affordability,...

Four ideas for a fun family reunion

Four ideas for a fun family reunion

As the lockdown restrictions start to relax cautiously, you might be planning on hosting a family reunion later on in the summer. Doing this will allow you to catch up properly with your family and celebrate getting through the tough coronavirus lockdown. However, hosting a family reunion does take some planning to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable time. To ensure that your party is memorable for all the right reasons, here are four ideas for a fun family reunion that you should include.

  1. Food

Food is an essential part of any get-together, allowing people...


Free advice for single parents still struggling with reverberations from the pandemic

A Devon family law specialist has teamed up with single parent champions Gingerbread to provide helpful advice for ongoing issues caused by Covid-19.

Even though restrictions are beginning to ease, for single parents across the UK the impact of the pandemic on day to day life has caused immeasurable additional pressures, many of which continue one year down the line.

To help them navigate some of the key issues, The Family Law Company is offering a free webinar.

Senior Associate Solicitor Imran Khodabocus and Associate Solicitor Hannah Porter will be discussing...

LGBT+ people across Devon urged to explore adoption as a potential parenting route

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 03/01/2021 - 11:18am

LGBT+ people across the South West are being urged to explore adoption as a potential parenting route as a part of a national campaign launching today (1 March).

With 80,000 children in care in 2020 in England alone, LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week brings together local adoption agencies and potential new LGBT+ adoptive families. The campaign is led by LGBT+ focused agency New Family Social, with support from local adoption charity Families for Children.

Families for Children, based in Devon, ran a hugely successful campaign last year in encouraging LGBT+ people to...

Building a positive relationship with your spouse - within a pandemic or not

If you’ve ever looked at an old married couple and wondered how they’ve managed to keep their love alive for so long, you’re not alone. And with COVID things have challenged many couples. Though divorce rates have fallen . We’re all looking for ways to make our relationships more meaningful and resilient. While there may not be a secret formula for happy relationships, there are some steps every couple can take to try to enrich theirs.

The first step in building a positive relationship with your spouse is to make sure this is really the person you want to build one with....

How to keep your family protected financially

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Sun, 02/28/2021 - 6:30am

When you have a family, you know that you carry a lot of responsibilities. They depend on you for all their needs. They need to be assured of a stable home, healthy food, and essential needs. Your children also have to get the education they need to have a better future, so you are not only handling what they need right now but are preparing them for their life ahead. These responsibilities, together with the nurturing and caring you provide, is what having a family is all about. They are challenges you take on because you love your family.

To fulfil these obligations as a parent...

Five Rivers' Care Day Celebration

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 02/15/2021 - 6:20pm

Exeter-based child care provider, Five Rivers , is holding a virtual event ahead of Care Day, the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience. This year’s event is set to be attended by hundreds of foster carers and care-experienced children from across the country.

On Thursday, 18 February from 6.30pm to 8pm, Five Rivers Child Care will be hosting an evening of virtual entertainment to mark Care Day, an internationally celebrated event which is the following day.

This year’s celebration is the largest Five Rivers Child Care has held in...

St Nicholas Priory launches half term challenge for the whole family

Exeter’s oldest building, St Nicholas Priory, invites families to step back into its past this February half term, with the launch of a series of fun and engaging activities for children and their families.

From Monday 15th February, families will be able to access a series of online activities which are aimed at helping children to connect with the some of the rich and inspiring stories associated with the Priory’s past. Families will then be invited to send in their completed activities which will be presented in an online exhibition as well as a live exhibition when the Priory...

Enjoyable Family Activities for Spending Quality Time with Seniors

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 02/02/2021 - 12:05pm

As people get older, they realize how important it is to stay physically, mentally and socially active. The reality is both body and mind begin to decline and lose their youthful levels of fitness which often leads to the development of severe health conditions. While none of this can be completely avoided, it is crucial that people of any age, especially seniors make efforts to remain active in meaningful ways.

Generally speaking, engaging in physical and mentally challenging activities provides excellent benefits that contribute to senior wellness . Although elderly people...

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