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8 key times to quit smoking

Research shows that most smokers get motivated to quit very suddenly, spurred into action by a specific event, milestone or resolution. Did you know? Smokers who use their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to successfully stop smoking for good.…

Activity holidays

There are many ways to get fit and have fun on holiday, from activity breaks to motivating your kids to get active. One of the main excuses for not exercising is lack of time. But when you're on holiday you've got plenty of time, so make the most…

Activity holidays

There are many ways to get fit and have fun on holiday, from activity breaks to motivating your kids to get active. One of the main excuses for not exercising is lack of time. But when you're on holiday you've got plenty of time, so make the most…

Addiction: what is it?

If you have an addiction, you're not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something. Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to…

Adjusting to disability

We often talk about disability as if it's a lifelong condition. In fact, more than 80% of people with a disability were born without it and find they have to adjust. If you become disabled through accident, illness or a deteriorating medical condition, life will change significantly. But…

Adopting or fostering a child in care

Choosing to adopt or foster a child in care is likely to be one of the most challenging, but rewarding, decisions you'll ever make.  There are around 4,000 children in England who need to be adopted every year, and many more who need fostering. According to…

Advice for families of drug users

Lots of families in the UK are living with a loved one who is using or trying to come off drugs. If you're the parent, partner, child or carer of a drug user, you may feel worried, frustrated and alone. It's important to recognise this and get the help and…

After adoption: what help can we get?

During the adoption process, it is important to find out what support package will come with your child to help with any special or additional needs they may have. Some needs may not become apparent until later, perhaps during adolescence, so it's important that you know where to…

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if: you often feel the need to have a drink  you get into trouble because of your drinking other people warn you about how much you're drinking…

Alcohol units

We're supposed to be keeping an eye on how much we drink, but how many of us really know what a unit of alcohol is? With so many different drinks and glass sizes, from shots to pints - not to mention bottles - it's easy…
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