Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in raising children, from dads and mums, grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents. Our role is to support all of you to achieve the best relationship possible with the children that you care about, as well as supporting parenting professionals. We recognise that the best way to support families is to provide professional, non-judgmental support and advice in a way that all members of the family can freely access. We provide this through our 24 hour helpline, extensive advice on our website, our email and live chat services, befriending services, and parenting/relationship support groups.
We get calls from parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, neighbours and friends who all want the same thing - to try and make things better. Many callers get in touch with us when they are at the end of their tether and feel like they can't cope anymore. Sometimes callers are embarrassed about asking for help but they soon find that just talking things through can really make a difference. If you have a problem, don't wait until you feel things get out of control.
A unique local network for Mums (or Dads), offering a wealth of information on both a national and local level. Once registered, you can access details for all kinds of local resources, from child-friendly cafes to childminders, places to go etc.
Grandparents Plus is the national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives – especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances. We do this by:- Campaigning for change so that their contribution to children’s wellbeing and care is valued and understood. Providing evidence, policy solutions and training so that they get the services and support they need to help children thrive. Advising and supporting grandparents and wider family members to ensure they have access to a holistic service, offering them professional advice, information and casework support; and by ensuring that they can have a voice and help each other, especially when they are caring for children who are not living with their parents.
New Family Social promotes the care and upbringing of children by LGBT adopters and foster carers by allowing these families to socialise and share support in a safe environment. It helps to create a wide pool of adopters and foster carers by raising awareness and encouraging and supporting prospective adopters and carers, and by promoting their utilisation and fair treatment. It also works to advance public awareness and acceptance of these families in the interest of the growing number of children being cared for by them.
Stonewall works to achieve equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. We do this in a number of different ways:
By carrying out research, developing ideas and policy that remove discrimination and improve the lives of lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.
By Challenging the underlying cultural and attitudinal values that allow discrimination to flourish.
By changing cultures and attitudes to positively value diversity and providing information because well-informed individuals and institutions are better able to recognise how rights and responsibilities should be exercised.
Since 1985 PACE services have continually developed, now working with lesbian, gay and bisexual women, gay and bisexual men, trans people and those exploring their sexual or gender identities. We are continually striving to meet the changing needs of the LGBT communities, and our professional and experienced staff and volunteers now offer a range of holistic support services.
If you're a gay man or a lesbian, it doesn't mean you have to go through life without having a family of your own. The options available to potential gay and lesbian parents are wider now than ever before.