16 Apr 2009

The Children’s Society supports the UK's first National Family Week will be held from 25 - 31 May 2009. The week celebrates and promotes the social and personal benefits of family life, which is crucial for the future of our society. Improvements in education, health, crime rates and the economy are all closely connected with good family relationships. At this time of economic instability, this is a particularly strong, positive and abiding message.

During the week, numerous fun activities and events for families will take place in hundreds of venues across the nation and there will also be some new national initiatives such as the Family Week Picnic and a new competition, Family of the Year.

Many charities including The Children’s Society will use the week to talk about their own family-friendly work and services, and to encourage debate on key family issues.

Bob Reitemeier, The Children’s Society Chief Executive says, ‘Strong, loving relationships are at the heart of a good childhood. Children are nurtured and protected by the respect, value and love they get from parents, carers and their wider family. The Children’s Society is pleased to endorse National Family Week and will play an active role in this exciting new initiative’.

The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown and a host of celebrities and public figures are also supporting the week. So why don’t you get involved? For special events and lots of different ways to get involved with your family, visit : www.nationalfamilyweek.co.uk