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Family Day 2021

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

If you have never attended before, watch the video below to get a sense of what the day is about.

We hope it is a chance for the people that we support to come together, make connections, and be supported by their peers.

Saturday 10 July, 10am – 6pm

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

Submit a photo of your missing loved one and three words

As part of our Family Day, we are planning to have a montage of photographs of missing loved ones, together with three words from each family to accompany each picture.

If you would like to have your loved one’s photograph and three words included, please indicate so on the sign-up form below.

Please also indicate on the form if you are happy for us to use the appeal photo. If you would like us to use a different image, please email your preferred photograph to us by Friday 3rd July to family.support@missingpeople.org.uk

Please send your three words to family.support@missingpeople.org.uk by Friday 3rd July.

What's on?

  • 10:00 Welcome from Jo Youle

    Jo Youle, CEO of Missing People, welcomes everyone to our special Family Day event.

  • 10:10 Introductions

    Introductions from staff, volunteers and attendees.

  • 10:50 Time for Reflection

    A poem for missing. Read by a family member.

  • 11:00 Creative Writing

    Facilitator Deirdre Maher. This Workshop explores different ways we can use writing to express feelings. We know that talking helps, but did you know that expressive writing can be a powerful way of processing emotion? You may be a poet or a writer or maybe you’ve never written a word before! We’ll look at different kinds of writing and how we can use it as a form of self-care. You don’t have to share what you write, unless you want to. Writing can be fun too and you might just surprise yourself. We’ll look at how we can fictionalise our own stories and how we can create together to create a group poem to bring away at the end of the session.

    “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” Anne Frank

    For this session you will need a pen, a pencil, a black marker and a notebook.

  • 12:00 Lunch

    A chance for all staff and attendees to take a break from the sessions and grab a bite to eat!

  • 12:45 Guidance for Families during a Police Investigation

    Facilitators: Bethan Hodges & Andy Harrison.

    Every day, families across the UK find themselves having to navigate a new world of police procedures after they report their loved one missing. This can sometimes be daunting and confusing. In this session, an officer will answer general questions from families around the police process.

  • 13:45 Yoga and Relaxation

    Facilitator: Jess Funke.

    ‘Hi, my name is Jess and I teach yoga to teenagers,  adults and seniors, mainly online these days, to help them stress less, do more and feel good.

    I can’t wait to join you on 10th for a chair based yoga class – suitable for all ages and abilities – to help you balance your nervous system and optimise your brain.

    Whether you’ve practiced any yoga or not, you will be able to enjoy this slow chair-based  session which is much more than just stretching and relaxing, it is a great opportunity to take time for yourself and practice self-care. I will help you build your mindfulness ‘muscle’ for increased calm, focus, resilience = well being from the inside out.

    Expect slow movements, breathing exercises, a guided meditation and we’ll end with a lovely relaxation for the body and the mind. All you will need is comfortable clothing and a chair.

    See you soon!

    Jess’

  • 15:15 Break

    The perfect time to stop for a quick cup of tea before the next session begins.

  • 15:30 Sibling Session

    Facilitator: Sarah Nettles.

    Sarah Nettles, sister to a missing loved one, would like to invite all siblings of missing persons to connect and share their experiences and discuss the impacts of being a sibling of a missing person.

    Often times, siblings of missing people are uncertain about where we fit into the whole equation. We can feel like we do not know how to talk about how it impacts us. Many times, we feel that the focus is so heavily concentrated on missing the sibling, we end up walking in their shadows.

    This is an informal group of individuals who just want to connect. Do not feel any pressure to share, but we would love to have you join us in a facilitated discussion where we can learn more about ourselves and others.

    Feel free to listen or share. But we would really love to have you be with us, as we know you we see you, and we want to bring this to the forefront.

    Please note this session will run concurrently with the Family Social Introduction. Please choose one to attend.

  • 15:30 Family Social Introduction

    This is a chance to find out more about our weekly Family Social, held on Zoom every Wednesday evening 7:30 – 8:30; how to join and what it feels like to  meet other families with missing loved ones in a safe space, where you can share your experience if you wish or simply be supported by with families of missing. This session will be facilitated by a family member.

    Please note this session will run concurrently with the Sibling Session. Please choose one to attend.

  • 16:30 Break

    The final break of the day and an opportunity for all staff and attendees to prepare for the last sessions.

  • 17:00 Choir and Candle lighting Session

    Facilitators Clare and Remi. 

    The Missing People Choir was formed in 2014 with the aim of using music to build a community of support and connection for families of missing people.  In 2017 the Missing People Choir reached the finals of Britain’s Got Talent.  After a short break, the family members are hoping to sing together once more and are looking for new members with personal lived experience of ‘missing’ to join them when the choir re-launches in September.

    This session will be lead by the choir Manager and existing choir members. They will talk about the choir and showcase some of their music.

    We will then end the day together with a candle lighting and opportunity to sing along, while holding memory and hope.

  • 18:00 Close

    The end of this year’s Family Day.