Take a look at some fantastic resources and materials available to help families thrive.
Standing for Parents Against Phone Addiction in Young Adolescents, PAPAYA’s vision is to empower families to get the right balance with technology, and in turn, promote wellness and improved mental health in adolescents.
We think the PAPAYA website is a great resource for parents thinking through these issues. With a section of the website devoted to ‘Solutions’, covering Parent Control Apps and Family Contracts, the website is an incredibly informative and useful tool for making decisions as a family on how to use technology. Find out more here
Begin Well is a charity founded by a Health Visitor and Consultant Obstetrician, who have developed an evidence based, 5-week antenatal course which gives parents-to-be the starting blocks for family life.
Currently available in the South West, the Begin Well course is delivered by volunteers and is run out of Church halls. During the course, parents-to-be are linked with people and resources in their local community, so after having a baby they are supported through all the challenges and joy having a baby brings. Find out more here
Over the last 25 years our knowledge of emotional development has increased dramatically. GroBrain helps parents understand this research in simple, visual ways from pregnancy through the first three years. Visit the website to find out more
Little Worship Company produce beautiful and high-quality resources to inspire and delight children aged 0-7 with a knowledge of God. From DVDs, to Sunday School curriculums, apps and You Tube videos, Little Worship Company products help to build a foundation of faith in little ones and grown-ups too! Find out more here
TLG are a Christian charity committed to reaching out to some of the most vulnerable children in the UK, through the local Church. With expertise in school exclusions, emotional wellbeing and holiday hunger, TLG is one of the fastest growing children’s charities. They support young people through their education centres, early intervention mentoring and ‘Make Lunch’ movement – a response to the holiday hunger experienced by many children and young people across the UK. Find out more here
Parent Buddies is a one-to-one listening service, delivered through churches and other organisations to support and enhance the well-being of parents and carers. Volunteers are trained to listen to parents/carers and signpost them to specialist services when required. Currently, Parent Buddies training is available in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Find out more here
Growbaby was set up by Kingston Vineyard Church and groups can now be found all over the country. The aim is simple: to provide good quality, new and second-hand baby clothes and equipment (up to five years) completely free of charge to anyone who needs it - regardless of their income, background, or faith. We think it's fantastic and recommend visiting their website to find out more.
Care for the Family have a number of fantastic support services for families, which are detailed below.
Single Parent Families and Stepfamilies
Visit the Care for the Family website to find lots of encouraging articles, stories and tips for single parent and step families, as well as links to other organisations and groups. Care for the Family also run annual ‘Take a Break Action Holidays’ for single parent families and have a Facebook community. Find out more here
Additional Needs Support
Care for the Family have articles and stories on their website to encourage and support parents of children with additional needs. Alongside this, they also run a befriending service, offering support and understanding to parents. All befrienders are trained and are, themselves, parents of children with additional needs. Find out more here
Care for the Family have produced many resources to support those who have been bereaved – whether the loss has been a sibling, partner or child. They run a number of weekends throughout the year, as well as a telephone befriending service. Find out more here
Great website for families involved in sports, with the vision being to enable coaches and parents to work together to produce winning character on and off the sports field. Visit the blog here