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Tuesday
Nov222016

Families Need Fathers Scotland 2016 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the FNF Scotland charity will be held on Thursday 8th December at Robertson House, 152 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4TB from 7-9pm.

As well as receiving reports on the charity's activity during the past year, there will be news of our campaigning to change family law and encourage shared parenting and other developments such as the training for lay assistants and our "Children Resisting Contact" training events.  We will also highlight progress in developing our supporter scheme and an online forum to discuss contact and parenting issues.

There will also be a presentation from Anne O'Donnell of St Patrick's RC Primary in Denny, near Falkirk.  We have invited her to talk about the school's work to involve fathers and other parental involvement activity.  They hold Boys Nights where boys and their male parents or carers come into the school and spend the evening doing various activities ranging from literacy games to outdoor learning. 

We are keen to celebrate good examples of how fathers can be involved in school and will also talk about what FNF Scotland has been doing to encourage schools to involve separated fathers.
Attendance at the AGM is free but we welcome donations - sign up here to attend.

Wednesday
Jul062016

FNFS family picnic at Wellsfield Farm

We are holding an FNFS picnic for parents and children at Wellsfield Farm Park just outside Denny on Sunday 17th July.  This is the start of our celebrations of five years as a Scottish charity and it will also mark the launch of our Scottish FNFS supporters scheme.

This event is being held to bring people from the various Scottish FNF groups together to meet each other.  FNFS members and people who attend our meetings will get free entry to the park, thanks to support from Wellsfield Farm.  The farm park has a children's play area / adventure fun park suitable for children from 18 months to 16 years of age, and the majority of the attractions inside and outside the park are also suitable for adults and senior citizens.  The park is at Stirling Rd, Denny, Stirlingshire FK6 6QZ - open from 10am until 5.30pm.

Bring your own sandwiches or use their café, and we will have picnic tables reserved for FNFS people to meet up at lunchtime from 12.00am till 2.00pm, with wet weather options in the Fun Shack. There is no charge, but donations to support our work are always welcome.

To attend, fill in the form below and we will send out day tickets and further information.

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Sunday
Nov302014

End hostile legal corrrespondence, hears FNFS AGM

Families Need Fathers Scotland, the charity that supports parents who are facing obstructions in maintaining a relationship with their children after divorce or separation, has reported a record number of requests for support and advice in 2013-14.

 In a report to its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27th November members were told more than 1,200 individuals contacted the organisation's two part time staff by telephone or e mail during 2013-14 - more than 100 new contacts a month. These include FNF Scotland's four local groups who meet monthly in Aberdeen, Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow at which members find moral support and share their experience of resolving difficulties.

In addition there has been an average of over 1,300 unique visitors to the FNF Scotland website (www.fnfscotland.org.uk) per month.

FNF Scotland publishes downloadable guides to help individuals understand the legal issues and procedures that they may have to deal with when there is resistance to sharing the parenting of their children after separation.

An extraordinary total of 3,890 copies of FNF Scotland's Guide to Representing Yourself in the Scottish Family Courts were downloaded in the last year.

Other guides have covered the role of the Bar Reporter where a disagreement over contact or residence has reached court; and “Equal Parents: Clearing the obstacles to involvement of non-resident parents in their children's education” a guide to the obligations of schools to actively engage with non-resident parents. An updated edition, “Equal Parents 2” was launched at the AGM.

FNF Scotland National Manager, Ian Maxwell, told the AGM: “We are mainly contacted by fathers but also by grandparents, new partners, other family members and quite a few mothers.

From the phone calls and the information that is shared at monthly group meetings we get an insight into the frustrations encountered by non-resident parents who want to do their best by their children. They feel pain and distress at the barriers that are often casually placed in their way not only by former partners but also by professionals who should understand that most children do better when both parents are fully involved in supporting their development.

 We are still distressed by the correspondence we are shown from solicitors who make entirely unhelpful personal comments about the character of non-resident parents. There are many examples where they seem to confuse their obligation to represent the position of their client with character assassination of the other parent. This kind of correspondence will never be referred to in court but over weeks and months it poisons and polarises relations between the parties in a way that does not put the children first. It has to stop.”