UK Families

All Around the World, We're All the Same

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

None of us can save another human being. Each of us has a responsibility to save ourselves. No one is to blame when the easiest option becomes the best option. Life is hard. Life is cruel.

Suffolkating: Welcome to the Country

Mark Piggott | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Mark Piggott

A few days later, I'm stuck up a step-ladder holding a drill and wondering what to do with it when our immediate neighbour trudges grimly to the door; he's around 70, with an unyielding and yet woebegone face, like a dead Bob Willis. When I put out my hand he regards it like it's a dead badger and doesn't shake.

Families Can Fall Prey to Loneliness Too

David Holmes | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Holmes

The conventional image of loneliness or isolation, particularly at Christmas, is of an older person living on their own. But families can feel intensely isolated too. Everyone needs support from time to time, and when that support is absent and people feel they have no-one to turn to, it can have a significant impact on an individual's health and well-being and can damage families.

Suffolkating: Week One

Mark Piggott | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Once the kids are asleep Lynda and I crack open the Cava but we're so cold and tired, so daunted by the scale of the task ahead, it tastes flat and we go to bed. As I lie awake and listen to the unfamiliar sound of nothingness a terrible fear grips me: have we done the right thing?

Parents' Problems Hit Children the Hardest in Tough Economic Times

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Dame Clare Tickell

Poverty and parents who struggle always have and always will impact on children profoundly, which is why it's so important these families get the help they need from organisations like ours.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

Shared Parental Leave Has Raised the Bar - Now Everyone Must Agree to Do More for Babies

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

The shared parental leave policy is a step towards helping parents juggle the cost of childcare for the first year of their baby's life. But it still leaves the thorny question of how parents will pay for childcare until their child is eligible for 15 hours of government-funded care as a three-year-old. Will childcare ever become a universal offer like school? Or will it remain market-led where parents bear the brunt of the cost.

Farewell London, We Will Take the Kid and Go, but Who Is Taking Our Place ... and Why?

Laura Evans Vogel | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Evans Vogel

London, wave good-by to normal families who care passionately about you and give a nod to anonymous, super-rich people who don't vote, don't use the library, likely won't go to the local shops, don't use the NHS (and protest when you sell it off) and certainly would never would allow their children to attend a state school.

Family Fortunes: A Decade of Change in Britain's Households

Fiona Wood | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

For better or worse - if you pardon the pun - marriage is no longer seen as important by many people who want to set up home together. The law in England and Wales does not provide a remedy for what happens when and if cohabiting relationships come to an end which is any way comparable with what is in place for failed marriages or civil partnerships.

Be a Change Maker

Beth Britton | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Another significant barrier to being more inclusive comes from the lack of capacity in the system, with NICE Deputy Chief Executive and Health and Social Care Director, Professor Gillian Leng admitting at the recent Westminster Social Policy Forum that they are hugely over-subscribed with would-be 'Experts by Experience' who are interested in working with them.

British Children Living In Cold And Damp, Study Says

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

Britain's children are living in cold, cramped homes, infested with damp and mould, because parents cannot afford to keep them warm, according to new ...

The Numbers for Childcare Professionals Aren't Adding Up

Liz Bayram | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

To truly tackle to the number of families struggling with the cost of childcare, we need to reflect on why childcare is key.

Bite Size Memories

Lana Citron | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

The Bear bites. He was teething and nipped; lips, cheeks, necks, collar bone and fingers. Word quickly spread of his clenching jaws. Our Bear was a nipper. Few could believe such an angelic boy, a font of joy would do such a thing.

What Are the True Benefits of Being a Family-Friendly Employer?

Ben Black | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK
Ben Black

Family-friendly isn't a particularly useful term. It smacks of all that nice soft stuff that the BBC seems to have spent a long time engaging in. So what are we really talking about? Set out below are three examples of what family-friendly might mean for different employers...

Story-telling in the Land of My Fathers

Wendy Jones | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Jones

Tracing family history always throws up stories because people make stories. It doesn't really matter that these people are related to you - I still maintain that - but mining your own family for stories is as good an option as any.

A Community Worth Living in

Beth Britton | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Welcome to a dementia friendly community. You may well be thinking, "How does this benefit me? I don't have dementia, I don't know anyone with dementia, why do I need to contribute to living in a dementia friendly community?" Stop right there, because dementia friendly communities benefit everyone.

Jamie Oliver Fights Food Poverty - Will He Win?

Sian Breslin | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

I can't wait until Jamie Oliver's new 'Money Saving Meals' is broadcast. Everywhere I turn, it is Great British Budget Menus, frugal blogs and rising food prices. Jamie's tasked himself to improve the situation and he's already created massive interest with his controversial, honest and upfront comments on food poverty

See Me, Not My Age

Beth Britton | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

It is perhaps no wonder that I often read comments from younger people vehemently arguing against getting older. They don't want to lose their money, independence, purpose or standard of living, nor do they want to need care or be the recipient of poor care. For all of us who possess youth rather than experience the time to change this culture is now.

Barry White Spider

James Conmy | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

I will admit to having two phobias: Barry White & spiders. To this day I am haunted by the words of a local radio DJ who proclaimed: "Ah that was the smoooooth smooooth sounds of Mr Barry White, I'm sure you'll agree - he really does make love to your ears."

Living Standards 'Much Worse Than Official Figures Suggest'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics

The minimum cost of living has soared by one quarter since the economic downturn and the true inflationary pressures on many households are much worse...

From Crisis to Quality - How Care Must Now Evolve

Beth Britton | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Our own health secretary has admitted he cannot guarantee that his fellow citizens will receive safe care in the hospitals he is responsible for, which makes you wonder just how much further the system must fall before we reach a point where things start to improve.

Families of Missing People Need Our Support

Helen Grant | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

No-one can prepare for the heartache and confusion when a loved one disappears without a trace. For those fortunate enough, the missing person returns and their lives can start to be rebuilt. But for some, life will never be the same again. A future of uncertainty.

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

At my children's own, otherwise wonderful school, Mothers Day means card-making and an annual gift giving rally, where each child can stow away a beautifully wrapped gift. Come Fathers day, what happens? Nothing. Apparently, the reason for this is that someone at the school decided it was unfair to the children without fathers.

The Traditional Family Is Irrelevant Because It Doesn't Exist

Alice Rigby | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

What hasn't been discussed though, probably partly because it seems so obvious, is the social structure that is a family. Advocates of 'traditional' marriage have rolled out their favourite phrase, the 'traditional' family, without acknowledging one simple fact; there isn't such a thing.