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Wanted : Helpline Volunteers

Helpline Volunteers Wanted

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FNF's telephone Helpline is a vital first point of contact with the charity for many parents struggling to see their children after a relationship breakdown. Volunteers offer emotional support and information about the charity and other resources. Knowledge of the family court system is a bonus - but not essential. More important are patience, compassion, and an understanding of the benefits to children of close relationships with both parents.

We ask our volunteers to cover the phone line one evening a week from 6-10pm. It's valuable work and often very fulfilling. If you would like to help, please contact our office on 0300 0300 110, or email admin@fnf.org.uk.

Working on the FNF Helpline can be very rewarding, sometimes literally so. One long-standing FNF Helpline volunteer, Pauline Green, won the Helplines Partnership Volunteer of the Year 2018 Award. Congratulations to Pauline and thank you and all our Helpline volunteers, for doing such a great job.

You can read Pauline’s story of how she came to be involved here.

 

Become a Trustee

FNF Trustees

The list of desired skills below has been identified by the board to strengthen the skillset held collectively by the Board, and that is appropriate to our national charity. It is not mandatory, however, and a trustee candidate may not have any of the desired skills listed and may have other skills and knowledge that would benefit the Board as well as having the time to commit to the charity.

The legal requirement to become a trustee are that you are not legally barred for holding such a post, you have been correctly proposed and you are willing to hold the post.

Anyone wanting more information should contact the Company Secretary.

The board would welcome interest from people who have the time to participate at least 1-2 days a month as well as offering one or more of the following:

1. Is a partner in a law firm or an experienced family court lawyer.

2. Has a network and close relationships with a celebrity group of contacts who could enhance the FNF profile and standing.

3. Has experience over a number of years of successfully building commercial enterprises from start-up positions to a turnover of £1 million plus.

4. Is a former or current MP or a former senior civil servant acting in a department that deals in family matters, family law, health or education or other relevant areas at a senior level.

5. Has proven experience in public relations, news or media at a national level.

6. Has substantial commercial or larger scale charity marketing or fundraising experience and is a member of the Institute of Marketing or another nationally recognised professional body.

7. Has professional experience and a good track record of Fundraising or of PR and national or high-profile media and communication skills.

8. Has demonstrable experience of successfully lobbying and achieving legislative or social change.

9. Has professional finance and/or governance skills.

Please note that it is not necessary for a Trustee to be a member of FNF – rather that they bring relevant skills and experience and can devote adequate time to the role.

Trustees need to be able to devote a reasonable amount of their free time to helping with the governance and development of the charity. This will involve participating in 6 - 8 evening meetings a year (usually by Skype), attending an Annual General Meeting, also contributing to development of our activities by taking on specific projects in their own time and contributing to the work of sub-committees that focus on the services we offer. This includes fundraising, marketing, campaigning, governance, etc. The role of Trustees is to develop policies and ensure that the charity complies with legal requirements (for more details please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3).

Please note that the Board is open to nomination of potential Trustees at all times, not just at AGMs. The Board can co-opt new Trustee candidates which it feels are suitable on to the Board in between AGMs. This gives additional opportunities for the Board and prospective Trustees to work together pending their confirmation by election at AGMs.

If you are interested, please contact us on admin@fnf.org.uk.

CMS Consultation : Powers of entry and information

* The deadline is Monday 11th February at 2 pm *

CMS is consulting on a proposal relating to Powers of Entry(a) and Information(b).

Details of the consultation can be found here

"Powers of Entry" already exist. Under this proposal, CMS would obtain a warrant to enter premises when seeking information that may assist them in determining or enforcing Child Maintenance Assessments.

The "Information" proposal deals with extending powers to seek information about a paying parent from their mortgage lender or pension provider, not least to assess what assets they have and how much equity there is in their property.

Read More for FNF's Analysis and views on the proposals and details for submissions to the consultation...

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Join Our Helpline

We need sympathetic listeners who can help callers and guide them to the right support and services

  • Becoming a helpline volunteer. You will need to be selected, trained, abide by policy and procedures and accept advice and support. But there is an enormous need for this service and great satisfaction in helping.

  • Become a telephone contact. You will still need to abide by our values and codes, but this is more like the support you might offer at a meeting - another person to whom to talk. Or you may have a special area of expertise such as law or parental alienation. To find out more contact the FNF office.

The Guardian Consultation on Men’s Issues

The Guardian/Observer are seeking views on issues men face today, on masculinity, etc in the context of #MeToo.

Please click here to share your views and the stories you would like to see them cover.


 

New FNF Meeting

REMINDER!

New FNF Meeting in Swindon

We are delighted to announce that FNF’s inaugural support meeting in Swindon will take place, tomorrow, Thursday 7th March 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The meeting will take place at the same location as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing, and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson MP’s, constituency surgery.

FNF Swindon Address:
First Floor
Customer Service Hub
Orbital Shopping Park
Swindon
SN25 4AN

Please spread the word, especially if you are based around Swindon and Wiltshire.

The office is located behind Asda and
adjacent to Connell’s Estate Agents.

 

If you are considering attending this meeting, please check our Local Meetings page for updates on dates, locations and times or call Mike on 07533 501701.

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FNF HSSF Kite Mark Award

Families Need Fathers has been awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families Kite Mark which is a new UK government accreditation scheme for organisations offering help to separated families.

Families Need Fathers work with a range of family law professionals, including Family Law Panel

 

Upcoming Events

27/03/2019 Wed: Cambridge Meeting
28/03/2019 Thu: London East (Tower Hamlets)
28/03/2019 Thu: Southport Meeting
28/03/2019 Thu: Exeter Meeting
30/03/2019 Sat: Harrow Branch Meetings
1/04/2019 Mon: London Central Solicitor's Clinic
1/04/2019 Mon: Edinburgh Meeting
1/04/2019 Mon: Northern Ireland Meeting
1/04/2019 Mon: Nottingham Meeting
1/04/2019 Mon: London Central Meeting
1/04/2019 Mon: Reading Meeting
2/04/2019 Tue: Leeds Central Meeting
2/04/2019 Tue: Newcastle Meeting
2/04/2019 Tue: Northampton Meeting
2/04/2019 Tue: Oxford Meeting (check day with branch)
2/04/2019 Tue: Harrow Branch Meetings
3/04/2019 Wed: Manchester Meeting