Emotional Health For All: 20 Years of Family Links

“In 2017, Family Links is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over the past 20 years, we have reached over 164,000 parents and 320,000 children around the UK, equipping them with the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing. We are incredibly proud of everything we have achieved, especially our expanded provision to meet the needs of parents of children from -9 months to 19 years, as well as launching the education arm of our work, the Nurturing Schools Network.

But there is still work to be done. This anniversary year is an exciting opportunity for us all to stand together and commit to improving emotional health for all; for everyone, everywhere.”

— Nick Haisman-Smith, Chief Executive

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How can you help create an emotionally healthy world?

We believe that emotional health is a human right. We are committed to equipping children, parents, families, schools and workplaces with the skills to be emotionally healthy. By doing this we will all be able to live flourishing lives, fulfil our potential and make a positive contribution to our community.
But what can you do? Emotional health starts with each and every one of us, and often with the smallest or simplest step.

Tell us how you’ll support your emotional health today.

Sandra McAlpin, Family Links' Northern Office Manager, with her bike

Cycle from Oxford to Hull

Rowen Smith, Training Lead, Sandra McAlpin, Northern Office Manager, and Claire Woodroffe, Head of the Nurturing Schools Network, are three very dedicated members of Family Links staff. So dedicated in fact, that in September 2017 they are taking on the challenge of cycling nearly 250 miles between our Oxford office and our northern base in Hull.

Over the course of 4 days, Sandra, Rowen and Claire will cycle up the country together, stopping off at schools and children’s centres along the way to see parents, children and practitioners whose lives have been touched by Family Links’ work.

But they can’t do this without your support. Help Sandra, Claire and Rowen on their Oxford to Hull journey by donating today.

Help Rowen and Sandra


What makes people happy? Education policymakers must prioritise emotional health — By Nick Haisman-Smith, Huffington Post

Empowering parents to improve infant mental health — By Sarah Darton, Growing Families Blog

Removing the stigma from parenting classes — By Nick Haisman-Smith, PTA Blog

Schools must adopt a whole-school approach to social and emotional wellbeing if we ever want to “close the gap” — By Nick Haisman-Smith, Fair Education Alliance Blog

Empathy – A Parent’s Ace Card — By Sharon Lawton, Growing Families Blog

Dealing with change as an expectant or new parent — By Rowen Smith, Growing Families Blog