FMY is a charity and we rely on donations from individuals. Please consider supporting the work of FMY as we support families and couples all over York.
65 Lawrence Street,
York, YO10 3BU
Saturday, 15 April 2017
At Family Matters York we are looking forward to the Summer term.
In 2001 we started as a charity, so in February this year we took the opportunity to celebrate 16 years of our work to strengthen relationships and build confidence within families.
A number of courses were run last term and a lot of good feedback was received e.g. 'a huge positive difference', 'made me more confident as a parent'.
We have moved our office from Holgate to Lawrence Street. Our address is now: Dilston House, 65 Lawrence Street, York YO10 3BU. Our telephone number has changed to 01904 421880.
We're still getting organised but we're confident that this is a good base from which to serve the charity well.
In March we placed our new video on social media; if you missed it, have a look at it here - https://youtu.be/LtCBxWaOsss
Our Couples in Crisis facilitators continue to reach out and help couples who are struggling in their relationships. We have seen some great breakthroughs in relationships that were causing people big difficulties.
Later this month we start our summer courses; we're running courses for parents with children in the Primary years and those with teenagers. In addition to this we have a 'Time Out from Anger' course and a course for separated parents planned.
Check out our website and social media for the details - and sign up for a course!
Tuesday, 03 January 2017
Good morning and Happy New Year to you all! Welcome back after what for many people has seemed like a long Xmas break. Some schools have started back today and many offices are open again this morning, but some of us have of course been at work off and on throughout the Christmas period and we want to thank those of you who work in the emergency services, and also in shops and the leisure industry, at petrol stations and in churches, nursing homes and all of those other jobs that we continue to rely on during holiday times. For us at Family Matters York, family has of course been at the centre of our Xmas celebrations. Spending time with loved ones is so much more important than spending money on them, and we hope you have also managed to have some fun with your family and friends. But Xmas can also be a really difficult time when the expectation of playing happy families just doesn't turn into reality. Being out of routine and trapped in a small space can seem more like living in a battleground! It is likely that 2016 will go down in history as a year in which our society shifted and changed, and here at Family Matters York we want to help any of you who are struggling with the way your family relationships work. We have just posted up the courses we are running this half term, and there will be more to come next half term. So have a look at what we've got on, and if there are some habits in your family relationships that you want to shift, then book yourself on, and we would love to help you out.
Monday, 07 November 2016
Just a quick note to mention that we now have a Time Out from Anger course running at Hob Moor Children's Centre on Friday mornings between 9.30 - 11.30 am each week, starting on 18 November and ending on 9 December. This course is free. We also have a course for parents who are parenting their children while living separately from their co-parents. This will take place on Thursday 1 and 8 December in the evenings between 19.30 - 21.30 pm at Elim Corner, 47-49 Lawrence Street Yo10 3BU. This course is run in conjunction with the York Family Mediation Service and is also free. Ex-partners should not attend the same Separated Parenting course.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
We are delighted to introduce our new Development Manager, Laura Hambleton. Laura joined us in September just gone, and has spent the last 4 weeks familiarising herself with our office and how we do things, and getting to know our other staff (Helen Atkinson, Parenting Co-ordinator), Elizabeth Rowley (Couples in Crisis Co-ordinator) and Anne Johnson (office administrator). Laura's background is in marketing and fundraising, and over the years she has worked at both York Racecourse and for Marie Curie. Laura and her family have recently returned to York from New Zealand where she worked as the Development Manager for a school in Wellington. So we are very lucky to have her and are already feeling the benefit of her enthusiasm and organisation skills. The Trustees of Family Matters welcomed Laura at their recent meeting in September and got her off to a flying start by handing over the organisation of our 15 year anniversary celebration which we are looking forward to celebrating early 2017. Watch this space for further details.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016
It is the first week of September, the schools have opened their doors and the team at Family Matters York is back in the office. I don't know about you, but I find the start of the new school year to be a more significant and exciting time than the start of a new calendar year. Maybe this is because the new beginnings are very real and can be both terrifying and exciting at the same time : meeting new teachers, finding your way around new schools and making new friends. Whereas at the start of the calendar year, all we have are a handful of good intentions (which may or may not last out until the end of January) and maybe a thicker waist (or a thick head) from too much indulgence at Christmas time. Anyway, it is a bit early to mention Christmas just yet, so I will wish you all very happy new beginnings at the start of the new school term. And maybe we will see you on one of our upcoming courses this Autumn. Details are already on our website, and we will remind you about what we have on offer via twitter and facebook. The courses are all warm and friendly, and bring together both parents who have challenging situations in their parenting and those who just want to refresh their knowledge and improve their skills. Hope to see you soon.