Written by Nicola Withycombe

Co Founder at Kids Come First

Nicola has a broad base of commercial expertise in global marketing and company general management. She spent several years working at a local family mediation service and regularly delivers the Cafcass teaching programme to separated parents for a variety of organisations.

Whats it all about?

Kids Come First is a separated parents support forum offering mindful, confidential group sessions. It’s a unique workshop of child-focused teaching material with specialist guidance on how to create a successful co-parenting partnership. Professional trainers with experience in child counselling & family mediation present the workshops, delivering customised support to parents during this difficult time of family breakdown.

How do we help?

Becoming a separated parent is a dramatic change in anyone’s life. Parents often find themselves struggling to maintain a positive, effective co-parenting relationship with their ex-partner and this can have a negative impact on their children. We provide the right support when parents need it most – helping you cope – so your children can too!

What options are available?

Parents either choose to attend a group workshop separately or to book a private workshop to attend together if this is appropriate & beneficial to your situation.

Where & when are the workshops held?

We hold our workshops in Hampton (TW12) a location accessible for Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow communities as well as Surrey & SW London boroughs. Group workshops are held on weekday evenings 6-8pm to accommodate working parents and a complete workshop consists of 2 x 2 hr sessions (4 hours). We offer daytime slots for private workshops & consultations, as well as Skype sessions for parents outside of the area.

What is the cost?

The fee to join a group workshop is £150 for 2 x 2hr sessions. If you are in financial difficulty or receiving benefits, we may be able to offer you a reduced fee on a group workshop (subject to available funding) so please ask! To enquire about our private workshops and fees please get in touch for further information.

What if I am in court proceedings?

We aim to help parents keep family matters out of the courts wherever possible. Because everyone’s situation is totally unique, we believe the workshop is relevant & valuable at any point in the process in understanding the needs of your children.

What if I live too far away to attend a workshop?

We offer Separation S.O.S. mentoring sessions to discuss current issues arising from your separation and help you deal with specific parenting concerns. We advise on managing conflict & also support you throughout any legal process you’re experiencing.

How do I join a group or make an enquiry?

Email kidscomefirstuk@mail.com or call 07789497275 for an initial confidential chat.


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