Family Life

South Hams birth rate drop: 44.1% decrease over the last decade, the 3rd greatest nationwide

New ONS data, collated by Fertility Family , has revealed that South Hams has seen one of the greatest falls in birth rates in England over the last 10 years.

The fertility rate in the area has plummeted by 44.1% between 2011 and 2020, dropping from 2.09 to 1.45 children per woman. In 2020 the overall fertility rate in England was 1.59 children per woman, this puts South Hams 8.8%...

Let’s talk about adoption

A new survey has revealed that a third of people in the South West find adoption difficult to talk about and 80 per cent say they don’t have a good understanding of how to start the process.

It’s worrying news for our local adoption agencies, Adopt South West and Families for Children, who need to find forever families to change their lives of nearly 60 children in the South West, as...

More child and parent foster carers needed in Devon

There’s a shortage of specialist ‘child and parent’ foster carers in Devon, working alongside birth parents to help them develop their parenting skills and keeping them together as a family.

The first few months of parenthood are a crucial time, and many people experience difficulties.

But some have additional issues to deal with, such as poor mental health, drug and alcohol...

The animal says...

Debra draws on her experience during lockdown to create new children's book.

Written and illustrated by Debra Wellington of Exmouth, The animal says… certainly would not have happened had it not been for lockdown. This gave Debra a chance to focus on her own art and ideas, something she’d not been able to do for years.

The animal says... brings ten animals to life with fun facts and colourful engaging illustrations for babies and young readers. Debra says: "...

Everything to know about parental responsibility in the UK

There are strict laws regarding parental possession of the child in the UK. You may be new to the place or do not know the Parental Responsibility laws barring you from seeking possession of your child.

We get you and are here to help. Find everything about Parental Responsibility in this article.


Parental responsibility can be described as "all the powers,...

10 Interesting ways to spend time with elderly family members

If you have elderly family members, you might find it hard to find something that you could do together. Your interests are likely to differ significantly, preventing both of you from doing and talking about things you like most.

Fortunately, there are quite a few things that can help you connect with one another and spend time having fun. Do you want to know what they are? If so,...

Isobel Burton and mum, Louise

Stunning set of GCSE results at South Devon High School

Students celebrate another year of exceptional GCSE results at South Devon High School

South Devon High School is celebrating a stunning set of GCSE results with 81 per cent of all English entries graded 9-4 (old grades A*- C) and a massive 85 per cent of all maths entries graded 9-4.

Students achieved highly across a wide range of subjects. 92 per cent of entries in Computer...

A Sims recreation of The Shaftesbury by @The.Sims_.Sisters

Local housebuilder gives South West gamers the opportunity to put their skills to the test and design a home in a new competition

Worried about how much time your child (or spouse) spends gaming? Well worry no more ─ a local housebuilder has come up with the productive solution for gamers this summer, and it could just help them discover their dream career.

Whether it’s Minecraft, The Sims, Roblox or even Animal Crossing, Redrow is calling for gamers across the country to digitally recreate one if its homes or...

South Devon College Student - Owen Keith

Clearing doesn't mean you have to leave home...

When A level results come out on August 10, more than three quarters of students who want to go to university are likely to get into their first choice. But not everyone will have secured their places – but it doesn’t mean you won’t get a degree if you still want to, or travel far from home to get one.

Last year, a record number of students – more than 70,000 - found university places...

Summer Holiday Club is back!

Wild East Devon's adventurous summer holiday club is now open for bookings.

Based at Seaton Wetlands, the holiday club for 7-11 year olds runs for 2 separate weeks in August. Week one takes place from 2nd to 6th August. Week two takes place from 16th to 20th August. It costs £35 per day or if you book for a whole week, there's a 15% discount.

Find out how to book .


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