Written by Nicola Withycombe

Co Founder at Kids Come First

Nicola is a professional adult trainer who spent several years at a family mediation service in W. London. She has worked with separated parents since 2010 and is an accredited civil & commercial mediator (Society of Mediators). With an extensive corporate background in global marketing and general management, she manages all aspects of the Kids Come First C.I.C. project.

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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