Family Day 2022

Join us for our annual event for family and friends affected by missing, where we come together and enjoy activities whilst getting vital support.

When?

Sunday 12th June 2022

Arrival and Registration: 10:15am – 10:45am

Finish time: 16:30

Where?

St Anne’s Church, Soho
55 Dean Street
London, W1D 6AF

Yes, we do have an actual physical venue!  But we also want to include those of you who can’t travel to be with us on the day. We plan a hybrid event, where sessions will be open virtually and families can join from home too.

What is Family Day?

If you have never attended before, or would just like a bit of a recap, Family Day is an opportunity to build the community of people affected by missing. We invite all those who have an experience of a loved one going missing, whether this be current, an experience in the past, or ongoing with repeat missing incidents, this day is here for you. We use the term ‘family’ to capture all of those affected by missing so this can also be a close friend, colleague or a family member. We always have a program of activities throughout the day which we create with families for families.

Who’s invited?

‘Families’ – we use the term ‘family’ to capture all of those affected by a missing incident(s), so this could also be a close friend, colleague or a family member.

We also want to invite people from across our different support services. This could mean:

  • Your loved one is still missing
  • Your loved one has been missing in the past, and may have been found alive or deceased
  • The missing trauma is still ongoing, and there are repeat incidences
  • Your missing loved one has been found by the police but remains missing from your life
  • A young person in your life has found themselves caught up in a form of exploitation, and missing and being away is a sign of this

Some of the activities

  • Creative writing session: facilitated by Deirdre Maher. This is a relaxed and safe space to practice expressive writing and where we can use writing to express their feelings. The sessions are informal and friendly and we’d love you to join. Remember: Everyone can write. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” – Anne Frank
  • Sewing Workshop. The aim of this session is to create a specific item of remembrance in honour of a missing person. (This was an idea brought to us by a family member).
  • Choir workshop: facilitated by Nina Bromham, Director, Missing Choir.
  • Yoga session: facilitated remotely via Zoom by Emma Simpson
  • Podcast session: facilitated a member of Missing People staff, (This would be a discussion group exploring the idea of developing a podcast series to highlight issues affecting the families of missing people.)

Thanks to People’s Postcode Lottery

Thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making our Family Day possible again this year. Family Day is held with thanks to all players for their continued support for the past 13 years.