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Soap domestic abuse storylines 'all too real' says family lawyer

With the return of soaps, two storylines in particular have highlighted the plight of those subjected to domestic abuse, says Exeter lawyer Amy Langford.

Last week the Eastenders domestic abuse plot came to a dramatic and tragic end as Chantelle tried to leave abuser Gray, resulting in...

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NSPCC expands service to help keep Plymouth school children safe online during COVID-19 crisis

Authored by Mary

Children across the city are spending more time online as a result of being asked to stay at home, and so the NSPCC in Plymouth is adapting its In Ctrl service that helps safeguard children and prevent online sexual abuse

The service was launched at the start of the year and was being piloted in a group-work setting at Marine Academy Plymouth under the charity’s Together for...

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge

Authored by Mary

Libraries across Devon and Torbay are calling for children to sign up to the Silly Squad Summer Challenge and read six books this summer as part of the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge will run from Saturday 4th July to Saturday 5th September. The online launch event will be on Saturday 4th July, a specially commissioned event featuring Rob Pudner of...

Housebuilder gives parents a sporting boost to keep children active

Authored by Mary

Parents in South West are being offered an online ‘sports day at home’ pack thanks to a leading housebuilder’s partnership with Team GB.

With the current Covid-19 crisis still unfolding, many parents have had to get used to home schooling amid the uncertainty of when their children will return to school.

Now Persimmon Homes South West, thanks to its ongoing partnership with...

Research reveals it takes 8 adults to raise a child in the South West

Authored by Mary

It takes an average of eight adults to raise a single child in the South West, with teachers (48 percent), grandmothers (40 percent), grandfathers (34 percent), older siblings (24 percent), and aunts (16 percent) all playing key roles alongside parents, according to the results of a study amongst British parents and children.

Over a quarter of those surveyed believe it takes as many...

Plymouth family survive terrifying Covid ordeal with help from children’s hospice

Authored by Mary

The family of a Plymouth boy with complex medical needs have been speaking about the ‘beyond special’ care provided by their local children’s hospice after they were hit by a triple coronavirus diagnosis last month.

Parents Rachel and Jason Willingham say Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) offered a haven during a terrifying month-long ordeal after they both fell ill with Covid-19...

How to Have a Fun Day on the Beach This Summer With Your Dog

Authored by Sarah Parker

When the sun is shining and the mercury is rising, there is nothing that many of us want to do more than pay a visit to the nearest beach. It is only natural to want to bring your dog with you on these trips, but if you are going to then there are some tips you should observe.

Get Everything Ready

Before you and your pet head off to the beach, you should run through your checklist of...

NSPCC Look Say Sing Play campaign helps young families through lockdown

Authored by Sarah Parker

Parents have hailed the NSPCC’s Look, Say, Sing, Play campaign a lifesaver during lockdown, as it launches nationally across the UK today.

During a virtual focus group with parents and an Early Years practitioner, the charity heard about the challenges of caring for a new born without baby groups, soft play, playgrounds or seeing friends and family.

But the group found the...

4 things to do if your marriage is suffering during lockdown

Authored by Mike Page

Being confined to your house with your partner is a situation that is out of the normal. You may not be used to living in such tight quarters and with each other around the clock.

You have options and steps you can take if your marriage is suffering during the lockdown. Remember that you are not alone and that if you’re proactive, you’ll be able to address the situation and hopefully...

Successful Motorhoming with Toddlers and Babies

Authored by Sarah Parker

Many families with young children choose to buy a motorhome for their holidays. And there are plenty of great reasons why this is a standout idea. Holidaying in hotels with toddlers and babies can be a stressful experience. You worry about disturbing other guests with noise. There isn’t much space for the kids to enjoy, and it is hard to keep everyone happy.

Luckily, a motorhome is...

Almost one in five people in a relationship in the South West say the current circumstances are placing pressure on it

Authored by News Desk

Relate, the leading relationships charity, has provided an insight into how relationships in the South West and the rest of the UK are holding up while staying at home. Evidence of growing unease has led Aidan Jones, Chief Executive of the national charity to warn of a “post-lockdown relationship reckoning”, where individuals, couples and families who are currently brushing issues under the...