An interesting project is on the drawing board over at OnlyDads and OnlyMums : Odd Socks.
You can read all about it on Flawbord here, but below is a little summary of what they have in mind. Sounds inspiring – but they need your help :
To develop (probably in partnership) a web-based support and advice service for young people with parents in conflict – Odd Socks (OS).
OS will be a website where young people interact with young people in a safe and supervised environment.
This not-for-profit service (structure to be agreed) would be governed and guided by a management committee made up of experienced professionals and others to comply fully with the legal structure agreed upon. OS would, under such a management board, continue to be driven and designed by young people of separating parents.
Essentially it will be a service for young people given by young people.
The project will focus on providing appropriate services for four age groups; 7-11, 11-14, 14-16 and 16+.
At the core of the project is the belief in the recognition, acknowledgement and practice of basic human rights for all children.
Goals and Objectives
To give young people of separating and divorced parents a voice and an opportunity for them to tell other young people how it is or was for them – Peer Mentoring; so they can learn from each other and support each other.
To develop a service that is completely safe to use, genuinely youth friendly and accessible to young people nationwide.
To encourage and empower young people to have their voice heard in the future development of the family justice system in the UK.
To provide a comprehensive signposting service for young people presenting with a wide range of issues.