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Our Christmas Fundraising Appeal

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Our Memberships and Fundraising Coordinator Ysabelle, is currently working on our Christmas fundraising appeal for 2016. We know it’s still only November, but we are BEYOND excited for Christmas this year! We can’t contain it! So what are we raising money for? We want to build and create a digital service that provides support and […]

Charity Work: Voices In The Middle

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A blog post by Ysabelle Graham-Smith, our membership and fundraising coordinator. Emily, Myself & Mia at the WHYFestival in October. About three years ago, I stumbled upon a charity called Kids in the Middle. I was so impassioned by their cause, but at the time I did not really have the means or time to […]

Hearing young people’s voices at the WHY Festival

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We attended the WHY Festival in London on 19 October and we asked young people what it is like not to be listened to. Hannah Walker, poet, then put all the comments together into a sad poem. When you shouted I felt like a firework set off in a protest sparks settling down setting signs […]

Meeting with the Minister for family law

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On Monday 27 June, members of the Youth Council – Ysabelle, Mia, Shysta and Emily – met with the Minister responsible for family law, Caroline Dinenage MP. We want to help the Ministry of Justice to promote family mediation – young people can do it very persuasively – and we want the Ministry of Justice […]

We have reached 100 members!

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Today we reached 100 members! We are bang on target to reach our target of 250 by the end of September. Members are all family lawyers and mediators who are making support to children in separating families part of their brand. It is the perfect fit for a business promoting the best interests of the […]

Our stand at the Resolution conference, April 2016, Newcastle

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The 400 delegates might forget everything we told them, but they won’t forget we were the stand with the chocolate fountain! Duncan (project manager), Miriam (Duncan’s daughter) and Gemma (Youth Council member) stand guard to make sure delegates eat their first course before tucking into the chocolate!    

Voices in the Middle Youth Council formed

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The formation of the Voices in the Middle Youth Council, which met in Bristol for the first time on Monday 4 January, represents a big step forward in the campaign. Alongside the Advisory Council of eminent family lawyers and mediators currently in formation (more news coming!) it will provide the expertise and authority needed to […]

Government’s Voice of the Child Advisory Group calls for transformation of on-line support for young people in separating families

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The Final Report of the Voice of the Child Dispute Resolution Advisory Group (March 2015), set up by the Ministry of Justice, calls for the creation of on-line support for children and young people in separating families – and does so in no uncertain terms. The problem, according to the Advisory Group, is that “existing […]

Silly Hat Day, 27 February

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It’s simple. Wear a silly hat. Take a pic. Share on twitter. And ask people to make a donation to Kids in the Middle On-line or Text “HATS48 £3” to 70070 This is picture of one of the star fund-raisers for Kids in the Middle sporting a hat that is actually alive!

Government report: "children’s voices are easily marginalised"

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A Government Task Force on Family Mediation has stated that current support for separating families “does not meet the demands of children and their voices are easily marginalised”. The report, published in June 2014, adds that “hearing children’s voices is a minority activity”. The report makes a strong case for giving children and young people […]