Parenting UK to merge with charity Family Lives

Family Lives and Parenting UK are pleased to announce from 15th November the two organisations will be joining forces to create a stronger leading charity supporting parents and families and those that work with them. Both organisations share similar vision and ethos to deliver high quality support for families and have worked closely together for a number of years.  In its new form, Family Lives will be able to draw on the expertise and experience of both families and practitioners to create a more powerful national voice.

The new organisation will allow for the continuation of current work and the development of new opportunities that benefit families and those that support them. In an increasingly challenging environment for charities, the merger will enable us to be more efficient and effective in the work that we do.

Jeremy Todd, Chief Executive of Family Lives said:

“I am delighted with the opportunity to merge with such a well-respected parenting charity, Parenting UK. Working together will allow a greater provision of services to members, and the families we serve, alongside providing a stronger voice to influence policy makers and Government. Family Lives is committed to collaboration and efficiency at every level.  This merger is part of a broader strategy to enhance and extend services to all members of the Family and those who care and work on their behalf.”

Pamela Park, Chief Executive of Parenting UK, said:

“We are very pleased to be joining with such a strong charity with the same aim of supporting families and parenting. This will ensure a continued focus on developing and enhancing the parenting workforce and ensure we maintain a voice for the sector in the long term; so that families continue to receive the high- quality and professional support they need and want.”


Notes to Editors

1:  Family Lives is a national charity that works for, and with, parents. We encourage parents to see that asking for help is a sign of strength, and work with them to offer practical solutions and suggestions to manage their particular situations and difficulties. We deliver this support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services - shaped by parents for parents. Our services include a free online chat service; a free confidential, helpline 0808 800 2222; Email support; parenting groups and workshops; a helpful, interactive website for parents; volunteer opportunities.

2.  Parenting UK is a national membership organisation formed in 1995 for people working with parents. We support all those working with parents and champion the need for parenting support.

3.  Parenting UK’s current chief executive will transfer to Business Development Director and will oversee membership Services & sector projects such as CANparent as well as broader business development projects.  Key personnel will transfer over to Family Lives

4. Spokespeople are available on request.