Helping your child cope with change

By Spurgeons | October 24, 2022
At this time of year, many children have just changed schools or may be leaving home for the first time to go to college or work. Nicola Baldwin, Spurgeons Parenting Lead and Debbie Pattison, Spurgeons Digital Counselling Manager, offer some…
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Family hub provides holistic early years support

By Spurgeons | October 23, 2022
It’s vitally important that vulnerable children are properly supported from very early on. Statutory services are not always the answer, particularly for families with multiple and complex needs who may distrust agencies. In Ramsgate, our supporters have helped our Fegans…

Helping Simon to co-parent successfully

By Spurgeons | October 22, 2022
Simon was scarred by the trauma of his parents separating. So, when his own marriage broke down, he was determined that his own young daughter should not suffer. With the help of our supporter, we provide parents like him with…

Musings from Mia: Spurgeons Prison-based Family Support Services

By Spurgeons | October 21, 2022
6-year-old Mia* whose dad is in prison shared these insights when she visited the prison on a Spurgeons Family Day. ‘We had to wait for nearly an hour, but it’s worth the wait because you get to see your lovely…

Children’s Homes today and a reflection on our heritage

By Spurgeons | October 20, 2022
With a recent Observer investigation finding that more than 100 privately run children’s homes in England have been branded inadequate by inspectors, Spurgeons CEO Ian Soars responds to the news that children’s homes are failing in their duty of care…

The loneliness of parenting a child with autism

By Spurgeons | October 18, 2022
Our mission is to support every parent and child through the tough times, whatever their unique situation. For Jenny*, discovering that her 11-year old son Jack* had autism changed her world. But with the help of Spurgeons Counselling Services, provided…

Making your Mental Health a Priority

By Spurgeons | October 13, 2022
As a parent, it can be tempting to suppress feelings and try to carry on. There are many demands coming from all directions including at work and at home, and the days are full. Your children depend on you. They…

‘Children Don’t Come With Manuals!’: Life as a Parent Support Worker

By Spurgeons | October 11, 2022
Sally Ross has been working for Spurgeons Children’s Counselling Services, provided by Fegans, for nearly two years and talked to us about life as a Parent Support Worker.   Getting started The idea of volunteering with Fegans was suggested to…

How to talk to children about grief

By Spurgeons | September 16, 2022
The Queen’s passing has no doubt brought up questions from children, who for the first time are encountering the loss of someone they ‘knew’. While it may seem unnecessary to talk about the Queen dying with kids, this may be…

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