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New report drills down into failings of family justice system

Lawyers from The Family Law Company have welcomed the findings of a new report which looks at how the family justice system responds to allegations of domestic abuse and what must be done to ensure consistency.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the 216-page report "Assessing Risk...

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NSPCC launches 'Letter from Santa' campaign

Authored by Mary

Dear Editor,

As we approach the festive season I would like to ask your readers in Plymouth to do something amazing this Christmas to support the vital work of the NSPCC by requesting a Letter from Santa.

We’ve teamed up with Santa himself to send personalised letters all the way from Lapland.

Each letter is printed and posted directly to your child in a festive...

Why It’s Important To Look After Yourself as a Parent

Authored by Sarah Parker

Parenting is demanding. No matter what age your children are, parenting presents is own set of challenges. When you have babies, you are constantly in a routine of feeds and nappy changes, when they begin school you need to be there to support their learning at home as well as day to day caring, and when they are teenagers, you have hormones to deal with! Often, being a parent means that you...

Top suggestions to make travel with children easier

Authored by Mike Page

We are all familiar with the nightmare combination that is children and travel. The longer the journey and the more children you have, the more complicated it can become! If you are facing a long trip and are dreading keeping the clan occupied, read on below for some top suggestions for keeping your children occupied and entertained when you hit the road.

Tip 1: Consider travelling at...

October half-term activities at the National Marine Aquarium

Authored by Mary

This October half-term, the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth will be celebrating Deep Blue Spaces. Dedicated to wellbeing and art, activities will promote mindfulness and creativity, focusing on the positive effects of gazing into wide open Ocean spaces.

Taking place from 20th – 28th October, the NMA will be inviting families to join in the fun of its Deep Blue Spaces trail...

Fall for Donkeys’at The Donkey Sanctuary

Authored by Mary

The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge hopes visitors will ‘Fall for Donkeys’ during their free family event this October half-term.

The event, on Tuesday 23 October, will be led by the sanctuary’s very own adoption donkeys, Pooh and Eeyore and promises a special day of donkey care demonstrations and activities for the whole family.

The day features all aspects of donkey care, with...

More than 60% of parents in the South West have no will

Authored by News Desk

More than 60% of parents in the South West with children under 18 have made no will, a new survey has revealed.

The study, carried out by Will Aid, found that 63% of mums and dads have not prepared this vital piece of paperwork.

A staggering 79% of Northern Irish parents and 74% of parents in the North East were without wills.

Meanwhile in the north west 64% of...

New research reveals the secret to a happy family for people in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

Complete honesty, being able to talk about anything together, and everyone having their own space have emerged as some of the secrets of a happy family, according to people in Plymouth.

Researchers polled families in Plymouth to discover the key factors to a well-balanced domestic life, with discipline and love in equal measure, making your children’s friends welcome in your house,...

The UK's proudest parents announced

Authored by Sarah Parker

The nationwide search for UK parents to share their proudest moments has seen a Plymouth resident crowned as the winner.

Amber Goddard, has won ScS’ proudest parent competition after entering a photo of her beautiful baby daughter, Beatrice.

Sofa and carpet specialist, ScS, launched the competition to celebrate the moments that fill parents with the most pride, and have been...

Is Plymouth a good city to raise a family?

Authored by Mike Page

Famous for its cobbled streets, maritime heritage and surrounding countryside, Plymouth is regarded as one of the most popular cities in the south of England, but is it a good place to raise a family?

That’s the question posed by price comparison site MoneySuperMarket’s new “ Family Living Index ” a tool designed to give parents – or soon to be parents – a way to futureproof their next...

How to financially secure your family

Authored by Mike Page

If you happen to have a family, it’s likely that you’re always thinking about ways that you can secure their future. The reality is that there are numerous ways that you can do so and most centre on equipping them with the skills and resources they need to be independent. Financial security is also important as life often comes with many twists and turns. You may be wondering how exactly you...