Care for the Family is a charity based in the UK, but with an increasing reach internationally. Their aim is to support families whatever their circumstances. They provide this support, online and in person, for parents, couples and those who are bereaved, through events, courses, podcasts, volunteer befrienders, books and other evidence-based, accessible resources. They also train those who work with families whether in a professional or informal capacity.
Their work was launched in 1988. It all started with Rob Parsons leaving his job as a senior partner in a successful law practice to set up the family charity from a small office in a room behind a hairdresser’s in Cardiff. The first initiative in those early days was a series of marriage seminars. Drawing from his own experiences of family life, and often joined by his wife Dianne, the events were the first of their kind and were immensely popular, encouraging and strengthening hundreds of couples.
Now, more than 35 years later, Care for the Family has become a national family charity running events and courses across the UK, and creating resources that are used all over the world.
In 2019, the charity moved to the current facility Tovey House on the outskirts of Newport, South Wales. They have over 80 staff, supported by many volunteers across the UK.