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Weather the Storms

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We recently met together at our head office in South Wales with all of our colleagues from across the UK and Isle of Man, as we do every February. These times are so important, not just for relationships, but they also help ensure everyone is on the same page. This year we received feedback about the various new projects going on, we heard some amazing stories of lives impacted by what we do, and we got to talk about the areas in which family life is under pressure today. So many are facing difficulties – some challenges that are timeless … some that have been intensified by the world around us.

If you’ve ever been to one of our events, you may recall one of our speakers saying that we hear enough stories of heartbreak in a week to last a lifetime. It sounds like a neat turn of phrase, but it’s absolutely true. We hear from husbands and wives who are fighting to keep love alive in the midst of the most difficult of circumstances. We speak to parents who only want the best for their children, but are struggling to cope. We stand alongside people who have lost loved ones – some after years of illness, others where tragedy has come without warning.

Rob Parsons was once asked why he began Care for the Family all those years ago, and in his response he said, “We had a vision of creating an organisation that would not only offer support through the good times, but one that would also help families to build strong roots so they could weather the storms if and when they came.” And that’s what we seek to do … bring hope where it is absent.

So, as we heard about new books being written and projects in development, there was very much a sense that, behind these resources and initiatives are real families, facing real challenges. We don’t know the details of everyone we come into contact with, but we do want to – where we can – strengthen families when it’s all plain sailing, but we also want to be a lifeline should the storms come.

Staff conference