Local Branch Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all our branches have suspended face-to-face meetings to comply with government COVID-19 Guidelines. Some branches are operating Online Meetings and WhatsApp groups.  Branches will continue to assess the risks according to the Guidelines, taking into account their venue and general circumstances, and they will decide whether and how meetings can take place. 

We do our best to keep our list below up to date. Please for the forseeable future always contact branches/groups before deciding to attend in person. 

We have increased capacity on our Helpline and online Forum so please use these for help during this time.

We organise meetings all over the country for parents to meet and talk with others who are in a similar situation. Going to meetings and speaking to our experienced volunteers is especially useful if you are going through a court process, as many of our members choose to represent themselves with the support of other FNF members.

Meetings are run by FNF volunteers, some branches may invite outside helpers who offer advice, such as solicitors, McKenzie Friends or Cafcass/Social Workers who offer their time free of charge. Meetings can also be partly social occasions where you can chat and share experiences.

FNF meetings welcome all parents, grandparents, extended family and friends who may attend with, or on behalf, of a parent who needs help. You don't have to be a member to come to a meeting, but we would expect you to become a member and help us if you wish to continue attending our meetings. It is only fair that you in turn support us in our essential work, or make a donation to support our charity.

If there are no meetings in your area, you may consider starting one yourself with FNF support. To find out more click here, please contact admin@fnf.org.uk . To find out about the other services available to you as a member, see Join Us

Below is our FNF GOOGLE MAP which shows meeting locations, times, contact details and additional information about speakers etc.

For details of branches in Wales, please see the FNF BPM Cymru website.

 

 

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Upcoming Online Meetings

Harrow Branch Meetings
26 Sep 2020;
10:00AM -
London Central Meeting
28 Sep 2020;
08:00PM -
Harrow Branch Meetings
29 Sep 2020;
02:00PM -
Harrow Branch Meetings
03 Oct 2020;
10:00AM -
Nottingham Meeting
05 Oct 2020;
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Reading Meeting
05 Oct 2020;
08:00PM -
London Central Meeting
05 Oct 2020;
08:00PM -
Harrow Branch Meetings
06 Oct 2020;
02:00PM -
Harrow Branch Meetings
10 Oct 2020;
10:00AM -
London Central Meeting
12 Oct 2020;
08:00PM -
Harrow Branch Meetings
13 Oct 2020;
02:00PM -
Brighton and Worthing Meeting
13 Oct 2020;
07:30PM - 10:00PM
 

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England and Northern Ireland

Solicitors & McKenzie Friends Attending Meetings


If solicitors or McKenzie Friends attend our meetings, their presence should not be taken as an endorsement or recommendation of their services by FNF. Any support or guidance provided to visitors at our meetings is for the visitors to consider and evaluate for themselves, whether provided by professionals or others at the meeting. We provide guidance and NOT legal advice.  More info on McKenzie Friends

In addition, a visitor may choose to engage with someone they meet at an FNF meeting and enter into some kind of contract. FNF do NOT recommend or endorse any persons to take up nor provide such services and any arrangements of such services are entirely between the persons involved and cannot involve FNF in any way. Any visitor wishing to engage a person under such circumstances should ensure that all concerned are clear about any commitments entered into.  FNF branch services are currently free and subject to availability. FNF does not provide ANY paid services via FNF branches.

Confidentiality - Family Court proceedings are subject to tough legal restrictions by the court - For more details see Practice Direction 12G.

All meetings take place under the Chatham House Rule. This states:
When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Listings followed by ' * ' are branches; these groups have a formal committee and constitution. Those without ' * ' are meetings with no formal committee or constitution. Branches and meetings both offer support and guidance to parents, grandparents and wider family. All are welcome!

We wish we had more branches to offer you, but please only contact branches nearest you as our branch volunteers are unable to cover all parts of the country.
Please do not call our branches to ask for help. You should contact our Helpline for help, or visit our branch on the published meetings date.  Branch officers are volunteers and cannot provide help over the phone. 
Thank you for understanding.

Occasionally events can result in a meeting being cancelled without us being informed in time. So we do recommend that you check with a branch or group beforehand that a meeting is taking place.

We appreciate your feedback. Let us know what you experienced at our Branch meetings - whether good or bad, we'd like to know!     admin@fnf.org.uk

Venue Date & Time Contact

London Central*

 "Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this branch's meetings have moved online. Please check with the branch beforehand that the meeting is taking place and how to join"
 

The George
1 D'Arblay St
Soho
London W1F 8DG

Upstairs room

(nearest station: Oxford Circus)

8.00pm every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays)

 

Please contact the branch to obtain Zoom meeting details

Vincent 07944 295 672

John 07387 022 313

 

CLB.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

 

CLB Webpage

London North*

 "Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this branch's meetings have moved online. Please check with the branch beforehand that the meeting is taking place and how to join"
 

Tally Ho Pub, High Road
North Finchley
London
N12 0BP

8.00pm, 3rd Monday of each month.

Solicitor in attendance (subject to availability)


Vincent: 07944 295 672

NorthLondon.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

John 07387 022 313

London South & Bromley*

7:30pm -10pm, 2nd Monday of each month.

John: 07747 001726

SouthLondon.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

johndenbigh@yahoo.co.uk

London West*

The Crowne Plaza Hotel
Bridges Wharf
Battersea
SW11 3RP

7.30pm - 9.30pm, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Solicitor Clinic 1st and 3rd Wednesday.

 James: 020 8871 0823 (9.30am - 6.00pm, Monday - Friday only)

jamesjonklaas@gmail.com

WestLondon.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

 

London East (Tower Hamlets)*

"Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this branch is providing extra phone support"

 

*New Venue*
HCD Co-operative Workspace 
62 Beechwood Rd.
London 
E8 3DY

A short walk from Dalston Junction Overground

6.30pm - 9pm
2nd and 4th Wednesday
of each month.

(Pro-bono solicitor advice open to members during meeting)

Ian: 07931905002

 

Extra Phone support

John: 07943054258
Faruk: 07435470560
Unanswered calls will be returned or send a WhatsApp message.
 

EastLondon.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

www.eastlondon.fnf.org.uk

London North West (Harrow)

 "Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this branch's meetings have moved online. Please check with the branch beforehand that the meeting is taking place and how to join"
 

The Three Wishes
20 The Broadwalk
Pinner Road
North Harrow
Middlesex
HA2 6ED

Please note that during the health crisis the meetings are held online on

Saturday at 10am

and Tuesday at 2pm.

 

7.30pm-9.30pm every Tuesday and 12:30pm-2pm
every Saturday

Bal Sanghera 07714 244 447

David: 07792 185 789

NorthWestLondon.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

More Info

     

Brighton and Worthing - *NEW*

Southwick Community Centre 

24 Southwick Street, Southwick 

West Sussex BN42 4TE

7.30pm-10.00pm second Tuesday of each month

Free Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.
People are free to arrive and leave during the evening as their schedule allows.

Craig:

Brighton-Worthing.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

     

Bristol (Website)

Currently Unavailable  

Cambridge (Branch Page)

 

Arbury Community Centre
Campkin Road
Cambridge
CB4 2LD

Contact Cambridge Branch link for details of alternative video conference meeting.

7.30pm-9:30pm

Face to face meetings 2nd Wednesday each month

Online 4th Wednesday each month.

Brian

Contact Cambridge Branch

 

Cambridge.Meeting@fnf.org.uk

Crawley, Horsham & Horley

"Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this branch is providing extra phone support"

 

Crawley Labour and Social Club
Ifield Avenue
West Green
Crawley Sussex
RH11 7AJ

CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Meetings are currently suspended.

Please call Richard who is providing telephone support and one to one support in the Crawley area only.

Meetings 2nd Monday of
each month at 7.30pm

 

Richard: 07762 380633

Crawley.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Epsom*

The Green Man
71 High Street
Ewell Village
Surrey
KT17 1RX

7.30pm - 10.30pm, 1st Wednesday of each month.

 

Check date and time of next meeting: http://www.epsom.fnf.org.uk/

Epsom.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Exeter* (Website)

White Ensign Club (Next door to St George Meeting House)
Trinity House
South Street
EX1 1ED

8.00pm Last Thursday of each month.

contact:   0870 167 3386 (24/7) message service 

Exeter.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

http://exeter.fnf.org.uk

Farnham* (in Surrey)

Friends Meeting House
36 Tilford Road
Farnham
Surrey
GU9 8DL
8.00pm, 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Steve: 01428 727 373

Farnham.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Hastings

The White Rock Hotel
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 1JU
7.00 - 9.00pm, 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Jo - 07415 857186

Hastings.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Hemel Hempstead

St Paul's, Parish Room
Solway
Hemel Hempstead
HP2 5QN

7:00pm, 2nd Wednesday of every month.

Christian: 07939 222752

Keith: 01442 236229

Hemel.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Ipswich*

Dencora Business Centre
36  White House Road
Ipswich
IP1 5LT
6.30-8.30pm, 2nd Monday of each month

Andrew: 07798 640 022

Victoria: 07764 844 194

Ipswich.Meetings@fnf.org.uk


Leeds Central*

  Currently Unavailable

 Yorkshire-NW.meetings@fnf.org.uk

Leicester*

Quaker Meeting House
16 Queens Road
Leicester
LE2 1WP

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Note: If you live outside Leicestershire and are planning to attend a meeting please ring to let us know so we can manage numbers.

Mon, Wed, Fri.  6pm to 9.30pm

Leicester.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Liverpool-Wirral*

Normal venue

Fly in the Loaf (first floor)
Hardman Street
Liverpool
Merseyside L1 9AS

7pm - 9pm, 1st Thursday of every month.

Mark:07973 825848

http://www.liverpool.fnf.org.uk/

Liverpool.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Manchester* (Website)

Friends Meeting House 
6 Mount Street
Manchester
M2 5NS

7.00pm, 1st Wednesday of every month

 

Gibfield Enterprise Centre
Suite 3
1 Gibfield Park Avenue
Atherton, Manchester
M46 0SU

7.00pm, 3rd Tuesday of every month

**There will be no group meeting in March**

Charles: 07391 948 128

Manchester.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Newcastle* (Website)

Ouseburn Community Centre
Mowbray Street
Ouseburn
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 5PA

7.00pm - 9.30pm, 1st Tuesday of each month.

fnfnortheastcolin@gmail.com

http://www.north.east.fnf.org.uk/

Newcastle.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Newquay (Cornwall) - *NEW*

Store House, Seymour Avenue,

Newquay

TR7 1BL

7.30pm - 9.30pm, 3rd Monday of each month.

Anyone planning to attend, please come through the fire doors. There will be a poster on the door for signposting

Maureen: 07929 247 407

Newquay.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Northampton*

Training Room, TESCO
Weston Favell Shopping Centre
Northampton
NN3 8JZ

7.30pm - 9.30pm, 1st Tuesday each month.

Peter: 07816 905439

Northampton.Meeetings@fnf.org.uk

Northern Ireland

Hudson Bar
Gresham Street
Belfast
BT1 1JN
7.30pm, 1st Monday of each month except Bank Holidays, when it's the 2nd Monday at 7pm.

Joe: 07711 022 151
Stephen: 07711725962

Belfast.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Nottingham

During COVID-19 the meetings will be held online on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Email us for information.

 

The Vale
Mansfield Road
Woodthorpe
Nottingham
NG5 3GG

7.00 - 9.00 pm, 1st & 3rd Monday of each month (except Christmas and Bank Holidays)

Situated between Daybrook and Woodthorpe on the main Mansfield Road

Contact Number: 07942 686555 (outside of office hrs)
Nottingham.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Nottingham Branch Page

Oxford*

Duke of Monmouth
260 Abingdon Road
Oxford
OX1 4TA


7.30pm, either 1st Monday or 1st Tuesday each month.

Please check with the branch for details

Rick: 07921 857 558

Oxford Branch Page

Contact Oxford Branch

Plymouth (Website)

Plymouth Hoe Club,

1-2 Osbourne Place, The Hoe,

Plymouth, PL1 2PU

Meetings 1st or 2nd Wednesday
of each month at 7:30pm.

Please check branch website or contact them before attending.

Andy: 01752 793 325
Philly: 01752 770 699

Plymouth.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

http://plymouth.fnf.org.uk

Reading* (Website)

 "Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this branch meetings have moved online. Please check with the branch beforehand that the meeting is taking place and how to join"

 

The Bell
The Street
Waltham St Lawrence
Reading
=RG10 0JJ

8:00pm, 1st, 3rd, 5th Monday of each month
(on Tuesday if the Monday falls on a bank holiday).

Please contact the Branch to confirm details on these dates.

Ring to check:
Giuseppe 07594 179106

Patrick 07725 653866

Both from 6:00pm weekdays plus weekends 
Pub telephone: 0118 394178
For enquiries please visit:
http://reading.fnf.org.uk

Reading.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Sheffield

Old Queens Head
Pond Street
Sheffield
S1 2BG
7.30pm, 2nd Monday of each month.

Mark:01246 268 174

http://www.sheffield.fnf.org.uk

Sheffield.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Solent (Website)

Tesco Fareham Superstore
Quay Street
PO16 0LE
Always check http://solent.fnf.org.uk/ for details of next  meeting

Allan: 07722 444480

http://www.solent.fnf.org.uk/

Solent.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

Southport

Parenting 2000
The Lodge
Mornington Road
 Southport
PR9 0TS

 7.45pm, Last Thursday of each month.

Adrian: 07479 636 445

Kev: 07795 327 023

Southport.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

 

Swindon

Swindon Tesco Extra, 

Ocotal Way,

Swindon, 

SN1 2EH

Next Meetings at Tesco Swindon 6.30pm - 8:30pm: 

10 Feb; 9 Mar; 4 May; 1 June.

 Mike 07533 501 701

Swindon.Meetings@fnf.org.uk

 

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Shared Parenting Scotland

Family Law in Scotland is not the same as in England and Wales. FNF Scotland is a separate charity from us, now called Shared Parenting Scotland. Please contact info@sharedparenting.scot or call 0131 557 2440 to find out when their next meeting will be.
 

Wales

For details of branches in Wales, please see the FNF BPM Cymru website, or call 08456 004446. Please note that they are a separate charity from us.

 

Please note that sometimes local meetings scheduled for bank holidays will not take place or be postponed to another date due to closures of premises, etc. Many meetings do not take place in July and August. Those intending to visit meetings at such times should call the contact number(s) listed for the individual branch before travelling.

Important - The FNF Branch Officers organising FNF meetings cannot charge for support or advice given at the meeting and on the meeting premises. However there may be solicitors and/or McKenzie Friends present who may wish to provide visitors with services outside the meeting. The organiser has the responsibility to ensure that no business is solicited by anyone during meetings. FNF does not recommend the services of such providers who may be present although we maintain a McKenzie Friends Listing. who have undertaken to abide by the FNF McKenzie Friend Charter Please note that any such providers provide their services entirely independently of FNF and it is the responsibility of any prospective service user to ensure that the provider has the qualifications and experience necessary to meet their needs. Providers should always provide users with full service and fee information before entering into any commitments to provide services. FNF generally advises against paying in advance for any services.

 

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