Kids Need Both Parents
‘We’d like to support them in creating memories.’
Kids Need Both Parents is a small, Birmingham-based charity who provide support to separated families and those affected by bereavement or long-term illness.
What is Kids Need Both Parents?
Kids Need Both Parents was founded by two fathers who lost contact with their own children for several years. They both felt that by using their own experiences, they could make a positive impact on the lives of other families and children also experiencing separation, providing them with the tools to strengthen their relationships and encourage communication. Their main aim is to strengthen the foundations of a family’s future relationships and give children a voice.
Kids Need Both Parents have grown and now not only support families with separated parents, but also those who are ‘separated’ by bereavement, long-term illness, or anyone needing support. Their support not only reaches out to children and parents, but also to grandparents and other family members, as well blended families (step families).
Kids Need Both Parents focus on giving children a voice and helping them understand their emotions through difficult times in their life.
They provide the opportunity for free family fun days, which have so far taken place at Aston Villa FC and Birmingham City FC. Kids Need Both Parents invite all families they have worked with to these days, where they fundraise and provide a variety of activities, as well as their football tournament.
In addition to this, Kids Need Both Parents signpost those who need more structured support to services or agencies. The organisation currently supports about 30-40 individuals each month but, ultimately, want to grow their service to be able to provide their own counselling sessions and support even more families.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
During difficult times, and the summer holidays in particular, some parents can find it difficult to find the money to treat their children. Kids Need Both Parents would, therefore, use their LoveBrum funding to take the children and families that they work with on a trip to Blackpool, where most will have never visited before. The group would be able to visit the beach, enjoy fish and chips and ice cream, as well as a football match and the Pleasure Beach whilst they’re there.
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Where can people go to find out more about Kids Need Both Parents?
Sharon Coates, Community Outreach Coordinator
Tel: 07484 903 899