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,...

Circus of Horrors Addams Family Friendly

Event Date: 
03/06/2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Corn Exchange, Market street, EX1 1BW

The new revamoed and Rocking show will be a celebration of the 25 years and will include amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a roc n roll sound scape, a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter.

This Addams Family friendly show is suitable or everyone.

4pm (doors 3.15)

Indoor activities you can do as a family during lockdown

Indoor activities you can do as a family during lockdown

As we all wait patiently (or impatiently, as the case may be), for the end of lockdown restrictions and the return of longer, sunnier days with less torrential rain and howling winds, it can be hard to know what activities you can do as a family to keep everyone happy, healthy and entertained. Even if your children are old enough to understand why it is so important that we all stay home as much as possible, it is inevitable that cabin fever begins to creep in as we crave heading out into the outside world after a full year of the pandemic.

It is important to remember that...

Elizabeth McCallum, who is a family barrister and co-founder of Children in the Middle.

Family barristers commend report calling for a change in approach to divorce and separation

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Tue, 12/08/2020 - 11:41am

BARRISTERS at a Westcountry-based law service specialising in family and child law is supporting a new report that calls for parental breakdown to be moved away from a ‘justice’ response.

A 123-page report by the Family Solutions Group said that a legal response to parental disagreements over their children is inappropriate for many, and actively harmful for some.

Family barrister, Elizabeth McCallum, who co-founded Children in the Middle® with fellow Exeter barrister Sarah Evans, says: “The new report from the Family Solutions Group calls for a rethink of society’s...

St Thomas Story Tours

St Thomas Story Tours

Event Date: 
05/09/2020 - 10:45am to 13/09/2020 - 3:30pm
Starting at Emmanuel Hall, St Thomas

St Thomas Story Tours by Theatre Alibi – 5th – 13th September 2020

Last October Theatre Alibi held the brilliant St Thomas Exhibition at Emmanuel Hall when there were over a thousand visits. A lot has changed since then. In May they were going to put on a show based on the wonderful stories they’d heard at the exhibition. Although that’s been postponed until next year, they didn’t want to leave it at that. So, come to ST THOMAS STORY TOURS a free gentle walk around St Thomas, starting from Emmanuel Hall, and stopping along the way to hear stories and listen to songs about St...

Exeter Street Arts Festival 2020 to go ahead

Exciting announcement from local organisation MIDI with a call out to all!

Music in Devon Initiative (MIDI) is a non-profit community interest company, who exist to provide opportunities for musicians in Devon. They have successfully brought the city centre streets of Exeter to life each year for the last four years with the ever-popular Exeter Street Arts Festival! But then, COVID hit and all plans for their 5th birthday celebrations this year came to a halt…Until now!

An annual event held on the last bank holiday Saturday of August, this year the ESAF organisers are planning to...

New family walking trail MonsterHero Safari comes to Exeter

A new interactive family story-trail around Exeter will launch on Saturday 4th July. The MonsterHero Safari Trail works on smartphones, challenging families to find hidden ‘MonsterHeroes’ around the city which appear on the phones when you reach their hiding place.

Families and households in Exeter can search the streets for 10 cute and colourful ‘MonsterHeroes’. Using only smartphones, the safari allows players to learn each of the MonsterHero’s name, story, and superpowers. Once all 10 MonsterHeroes are found, a free e-book, that tells the story of their first team-up, will be...

World Mental Health Week: 10 tips to improve your child’s wellbeing in a time of crisis

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:59am

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week [w/c 18 May] is kindness. At this time of upheaval where our worlds have been turned upside down, acts of kindness now are more important than ever. Here, former primary school teacher Catherine Lynch of leading education resources and lesson planning experts PlanBee has ten tips for parents to improve the mental health of their children

  1. Create a nurturing environment where everyone feels valued and safe

Even during lockdown, we need connection with others so that we feel valued and safe. While the need...

YoungMinds publishes parent to parent mental health guide 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/10/2020 - 11:48pm

YoungMinds, the UK’s leading children and young people’s mental health charity, has published a guide sharing advice from parents to other parents on how to support themselves and the young people in their care during the coronavirus pandemic.

During this difficult time for parents and carers, particularly those looking after children and young people with mental health needs, YoungMinds has experienced an increase in traffic to the coronavirus advice on their website and many calls from parents to their Helpline about the impact of the pandemic on the young people in their care...

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Likely increase in domestic violence as a result of Coronavirus – what you can do

Suggestions that there will be a surge in domestic violence in the region as families self-isolate and schools face long closures has prompted a response from The Family Law Company.

Director Jane Chanot who is part of the Children, Child Abduction and Domestic Violence Team, says “I have real concerns that we’ll see an increase in situations where families are kept inside together for long periods of time, with likely financial worries as well.

“I believe we have a moral responsibility to provide services for vulnerable people at this time and I want people to know that we...