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Bishop sees good work Families’ House does for separating parents and their children

09:00 19 May 2014

The Bishop of Norwich Graham James with manager Suzanne Bryant on his visit to Families

The Bishop of Norwich Graham James with manager Suzanne Bryant on his visit to Families' House, Ber Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

The Bishop of Norwich has seen for himself how a 20-year-old charity is expanding the support its offers to parents who are separating, and their children.

Families' House, Ber Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve AdamsFamilies' House, Ber Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Families’ House, which is based at 125 Ber Street, Norwich, merged with East Anglia-wide charity Break in 2012 in order to help it expand.

Bishop Graham watched a fundraising film which will be released on Thursday.

The charity wants to expand its geographic coverage in Norfolk, offer more mediation to help parents resolve problems amicably, and do more work in schools to support young carers.

Bishop Graham said: “My sense is that this is not just to help parents and children, but to help everyone develop healthier relationships when they have experienced very significant problems.

“Action does not mean that the problem will go away, but they can have healthier relationships in the future, as they are going to be parents for the rest of their lives.”

Families House has a £500,000 annual turnover, and some of its work is funded by the Big Lottery and Children in Need.

Manager Suzanne Bryant said: “The families we work with are the families everybody has in their community. The issues we are working with are the same issues many families face. Being able to provide help and support for the community just makes it a better place for everybody to live, because these are issues we are all facing, but they do no necessarily attract statutory funding.

“We are trying to fill the gaps which are not funded through statutory services. We are trying to provide a different range of support that would not otherwise be available.”

Contact Families’ House on 01603 621702, admin@break-charity.org

Is there enough support for families in our region? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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