Family Life

The impact of lockdown on young people’s eyes

Opticians are advising Plymouth youngsters about how to look after their eyes after research shows the damage that’s been done during lockdown.

According to the Journal of School Health, researchers have found that children and teenagers spent more time in front of computers and mobile...

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South Devon College in the 80s

College calls out for memories

2022 is a big year for landmark anniversaries.

Along with Her Majesty the Queen, South Devon College is celebrating a long reign.

Originally founded as a technical college, with its first intake of students back in the 1931/32 academic year, it’s celebrating its 90th birthday this June.

To mark this prestigious day the college wants to hear from former students....

More foster carers who can look after siblings needed

More children in care face growing up without their brothers or sisters unless more foster carers who are able to care for siblings can be found.

There is a national shortage of foster carers who are able to look after more than one child.

Nationally there could be as many as 2,000 children who are growing up in foster care without the support of a brother or sister....

Keeping your teens motivated during the summer

Your teens will be able to enjoy a well-deserved break over the summer. But over these months, teens can easily become demotivated and waste their time on their phones or on the internet. However, you can help them develop and make the most of their summer by encouraging them to try out any of the activities below.

Benefits of staying busy

Keeping your teens active can bring...

How to protect your money during a divorce

A number of issues rise to the surface when a divorce is on the cards. How to manage custody arrangements, child maintenance payments and deciding who will live in the matrimonial home after a divorce are typical and understandable concerns.

Protecting your money during a divorce is another key issue. If you and your former partner have not taken out a prenuptial agreement ahead of...

Divorce in Devon is changing as figures fall

Famed for its sandy beaches, rural retreats and cream teas, Devon has a less well celebrated claim to fame, it’s high divorce rate. Like other coastal towns, Torbay has traditionally been known as one of the nation’s divorce hotspots with a 12.83% divorce rate and second only to the Lancashire seaside resort of Blackpool.

However, in line with the national trend, the overall divorce...

Childline launches mental health campaign aimed at boys

Childline has found boys are five times less likely to talk with the service’s trained counsellors about their mental health than girls, and even less likely to come to them when they have suicidal thoughts.

New statistics from the NSPCC-run service show in 2020/21 they carried out 31,899 counselling sessions with girls about mental health issues compared to 5,622 with boys....

Free webinars to help parents and carers of teenagers or pre-teens

An online series of webinars starting next month aim to help parents and carers understand and support their teenagers to navigate the challenges they might face as they grow up in today’s world .

‘Let’s Talk Teenagers’ is a three part webinar for parents and carers of teenagers or pre-teens. The sessions cover different subject areas starting with communities and family life (March...

February half-term 2022 'Brilliant Birds' activities

Delve into Dartmoor’s wonderful wildlife this February half term with a focus on the moor’s birds. Dartmoor is home to a fascinating range of birds and provides a refuge for species that are under threat elsewhere. Birds such as the cuckoo, meadow pipit, skylark and ring ouzel can all be seen and heard at different times of the year. The Authority is committed to keeping the landscape special...

Plymouth-based Biovault Family supports free baby safety workshops for all

Plymouth-based Biovault Family has announced a new partnership with The Baby Academy to provide free baby safety workshops throughout 2022.

The sessions are available on line via My Baby Academy and provide parents with practical advice on topics such as allergic reactions in babies, baby rashes, teething, baby ear infections, and administering medicine correctly to your baby....

Farming couple kissing

New rural survey shows 81% of farmers have gone the extra mile to keep their relationship strong

The aptly named Rural Romance Survey by The Family Law Company was aimed at farmers in the South West, with the majority of responses received from Cornwall and Devon, followed by Somerset and Dorset.

Director Fiona Wadey who specialises in divorce and financial matters including the breakdown of farming marriages, explains the thinking behind the survey:

“Although we are...

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