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Fink Cards Price Increase

Fink Cards Price To Increase To £18.99.

We have worked really hard to keep the cost of a pack of cards low but a sudden price hike of raw materials has given us no option to rise our prices.

Although this has been the last resort I am happy to say that our cards are still printed locally and still offer great value.

I still believe that Fink conversation cards are a valuable resource. They improve communication. They help strengthen and deepen relationships. They support people to talk about things that matter.

Thank you so much for your support over the years, it has been my pleasure to serve you. We look forward to continuing to help people learn, grow and connect through the power of conversation.

 

 

 

20 questions with Hayley Goleniowska

TodDowns Syndromeay we’re joined by Hayley Goleniowska, Hayley is a mum who is passionate about inclusion and changing the way the world views Down’s syndrome. Her youngest daughter has the condition, but she doesn’t let that define her. 

Hayley is also the author of I Love You, Natty. As a writer and speaker, Hayley works with medical professionals to improve the support that parents receive following a diagnosis, whether it be during pregnancy or after birth. She wishes to buy quality time for other parents on the same journey, by removing the fear that often surrounds the condition.

1. Who would this set of cards be suitable for?

These cards are intended for new parents whose baby has been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome and the professionals working with them. Portage workers, Health Visitors, neo-natal staff and GPs will find them an invaluable tool for understanding how parents feel post-diagnosis and to identify areas where families need more support.

2. Why were you so passionate about collaborating with Fink Cards on this project?

I struggled greatly in the early days following our daughter’s diagnosis. I was in complete shock, due to my own fear and ignorance of Down’s syndrome. There was so much negative language surrounding the condition during pregnancy, and the diagnosis was delivered in a very somber and sorry way. Everyone in our family had their own ideas about what Down’s syndrome meant. A set of cards just like this would have enabled us to talk more freely about our worries, and more importantly to see our precious new baby for the unique individual she is first and foremost, rather than a set of symptoms and predictions for her future.

3. Describe how this set of cards came to be?

Lisa Warner, creator of Fink Cards and I have been Twitter friends for a while. I have been a fan of her fabulous products, but never dreamed of writing a set for her. One day, while she was holidaying in Cornwall where we live, she asked if we could meet for coffee to discuss a possible project. I was so excited about the power of the cards to make a difference to new parents, to buy the time with their newborns, that I came home and wrote the questions, straight from the heart, in an evening. Lisa pulled out all the stops to create the cards in a few short weeks, in time for launch on World Down Syndrome Day #WDSD15.

4. How do you think a set of cards like these might have helped your own family?

We knew so very little about Down’s syndrome when our youngest daughter was born. Most of what we thought we knew was outdated and based in stereotype. We spent many hours researching the condition, often stumbling on outdated information that was depressing. The cards would have helped us sort fact from myth easily. Quite simply they would have helped us see our daughter for who she is and saved us a lot of anguish and heart ache. They are bright, cheery and user-friendly, as well as being portable.

5. How did you feel when your youngest daughter was born with Down’s syndrome?

We were fearful and ignorant about Down’s syndrome. We were given a diagnosis while our baby lay in an incubator on another hospital ward, and it that moment she became ‘Down’s syndrome personified’ a sum of all the glimpses into others’ lives that we had seem over the years. We were also terrified. Terrified of what the future held for us all, terrified of losing her and terrified of loving her in case that happened.

6. What do you hope to achieve with these cards?

We hope that by using the cards as conversation starters, parents will be able to talk more freely to other family members, siblings and medical professionals about their concerns, knowing that they are not alone in feeling a certain way.

They will be able to cut through the myths that surround Down’s syndrome more quickly and spend precious time getting to know their newborns. The questions are also intended to encourage parents to think about topics that might not initially occur to them, such as making time to look after themselves as well as those around them.

7. What were your motivations behind starting your blog Downs Side Up?

When out youngest daughter was born I was hungry for information. Charities are a font of factual information, but are often neutral in tone. I wanted to see what real family life was going to like for us, and so I began a simply blog with our stories, tips and information as well as masses of inspiring photographs to show the world that our daughter is more alike any other child than different.

Over the years the blog has changed, grown and evolved and is now a hub of support, a mouthpiece for those with Down’s syndrome, a voice of advocacy and a campaign tool for inclusion and better support.

8. Is having a child with Down’s syndrome what you thought it was going to be like?

I can honestly say that I was wrong on every single count. Every child is different of course, but every parent of a child with Down’s syndrome feels that they bring an extra dimension to their lives. Natty has enriched and enhanced our family and we wouldn’t change her for the world. There have been challenges along the way, worries about school, heart surgery and illness, but Natty lives life to the full, is bright and beautiful, incredibly funny and an absolute joy to be with.

9. What kind of support was available for your family?

There are many charities, most notably the Down’s Syndrome Association who provided informative leaflets and online support. There is a local support group too but as quite a private family I was always reluctant to go along to those meetings. Natty has always been one of the gang, just part of our community. Invaluable support came for me personally in the form of a wise Midwife, experienced Health Visitor and later the Portage Service.

10. If you could turn back time, what would you change about the day your youngest daughter was born?

I would like to relive that day with the knowledge I now have about Down’s syndrome. I would love to have know a child like Natty who would have removed the fear from those words that came from the consultants lips.

I would have felt differently I’m sure if the diagnosis had been given by the community midwife who delivered her at home, and having her in our arms, or at least touching her in her incubator, instead of on another ward would have made her feel more like our own daughter at that difficult time.

11. What extra dimension has parenting a child with additional needs brought to your family?

Natty has taught us to see the world differently, she has taught us to slow down and appreciate the small things in life. She has shown us that we cannot plan for everything in life, we cannot map out our course, but that we are the strong ones if we learn to bend like reeds in the winds of change. She has also opened up a world of friends for us as a family, for we connect with others in the same situation everywhere we go.

12. How do you think a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome should be delivered to parents?

It is vital that the baby should be present when a diagnosis is given, and parents should be together if possible. They don’t want too much information, instead it is vital to allow them time and space to process but also to give them open access to return with questions at any time.

Later leaflets and books can be given to parents, and they might sppreciate being able to talk to other parents in the same situations, but every family will feel different and this should not be pushed.

13. Do you think having a sister with Down’s syndrome has had an impact on your eldest daughter Mia?

In the early days I worried that Mia would suffer. I couldn’t have been more wrong as she has turned out to be a very thoughtful and caring young woman with an acute sense of right and wrong. That’s not to say that having a sibling with additional needs doesn’t sometimes take some of the attention away from her, so we try to make time to spend time alone with her and to do more grown up activities that she enjoys.

14. Tell us about Mia’s book I Love You Natty: A Sibling’s Introduction to Down’s Syndrome?

When Natty was born I looked for a book to read with Mia to explain why her sister would need a little extra support throughout her life. Most of the books on the market were in American English or rather outdated.

One day, several years later, we found a poem from Mia to her little sister, saying how much she loved her and that her world wouldn’t be the same without her in it. I knew instantly this would be the basis for the book we had ourselves sought.

The book explains Down’s syndrome simply and is accompanied by Mia’s own drawings and our family photos. It is a visual feast and is adored by adults and children alike.

15. You describe your family as ‘just like any other’. In what way?

Our children enjoy horse-riding and swimming, making pancakes and going to the beach. They love each other and they squabble about who is going to hold the popcorn on movie night. We have the same goals for our girls and enjoy the same activities as everyone else.

16. Natty is one of the UK’s first models with a disability. Why do you think this is so important?

We all need to see ourselves represented in the media and in advertising. Moreoever, it’s vital for the world to see beauty in all its forms and to realise that children with Down’s syndrome love dressing up in funky clothes just as much as the next child.

The modeling might seem like a superficial activity, but many new parents write to say just how much comfort they got from seeing Natty in adverts, because it gave them a sense of just what is possible for their child.

17. What have been Natty’s most exciting modelling jobs to date?

Natty has featured in a tourist attraction video, a holiday company website, the Jojo Maman Bebe and Frugi clothing catalogues and most excitingly she was the first child with a disability to appear in a supermarket Back to School campaign with Sainsbury’s. She loves showing off, and for her the castings and photoshoots are like glorified play dates.

18. You work with medical professionals within the NHS. What are your goals?

To change how disgnosis is delivered and to remove the pressure on parents to terminate babies with Down’s syndrome. The rate currently stands at 92% of all babies who are diagnosed antenatally. This reflects a lack of unbiased support at point of diagnosis.

We also want equaly healthcare for individuals with Down’s syndrome throughout their lives, so work on medical passports and one page profiles is essential. It’s really about changing the way society views learning disability, and shouting out that having an LD does not make someone worth a little less than everyone else.

19. Do you think we have far to go before society becomes truly inclusive?

Sadly yes. Attitudes are entrenched that difference is to be feared and segregated. We are getting there slowly in many ways, but until we lose the fear of disability and difference we will never get rid of the idea that ‘eradicating’ disability is the gold standard light at the end of the tunnel.

 

Thank you so much Hayley! You can find more from Hayley on her website and Hayley’s Talking about Down’s Syndrome – Conversations for New Parents cards can be found in our shop here.

Talking about Divorce Legal Conversations

me clear headshotSue Atkins and Chris Longbottom have launched a new set of conversation cards, Talking about Divorce, Legal Conversations. The cards should be used as a tool to become empowered during this process and give you
confidence in taking the right legal advice and plan for a
divorce with minimal upset and financial impact.

Talking About Divorce, Legal Conversations is written by Sue Atkins and Chris Longbottom. Sue Atkins is an internationally recognised Parenting Expert, Broadcaster, Speaker & Author. Chris Longbottom is head of family law at Shoosmiths where he provides advice on complex financial cases, often involving business interests, trusts, foreign assets and pensions. Chris has extensive experience in a wide range of disputes involving children and also advises unmarried couples in relation to separation and cohabitation issues.

Sue and Chris say “[they] know that divorce can be an upsetting and emotional time and we hope that these cards help to reduce the unknown and worries that the you may have.”

There are many things to think about when you are going through a divorce. It’s likely to mean changes to where you’re going to live, as well as changes to your finances. This can be further complicated when children are involved and need to be cared for and supported. This is a huge time of transition, upheaval and change. One of the things you will need to consider is whether you want to have a lawyer to help with the divorce process. There are many ways of working with a lawyer and these questions are designed to help you navigate the legal process. They will help you to feel more prepared when you sit down to discuss your personal circumstances so the legal side of things runs smoothly.

Talking about Divorce, Legal Conversations will help you navigate the legal process with confidence. With 48 conversation cards that will help you understand the divorce process and make you feel more prepared when you discuss your personal circumstances. These thought provoking question cards that will guide you through the divorce process.

These cards were published in July 2015 and are available to order from www.finkcards.com saving 10% discount on the RRP £14.99 right now.

To find out more about Sue or Chris, you can visit www.finkcards.com or alternatively visit Sue’s website www.TheSueAtkins.com or Chris’ website www.shooesmiths.co.uk

Taking a Break

 

Fink Cards Taking a Break www.finkcards.com

We’re taking a two week break with our social media chats, our twitter #finkchat & our Facebook Q&A.

We really enjoy doing our chat’s with our authors and even more so when other’s get involved, but we need a little break here at Fink Cards HQ and we’re very excited that when we come back we’ll be back on the 8th September on twitter with a #finkchat with Luke Jones on his release of his Healthy Habits cards.

We’re really looking forward to all the authors we have lined up in the next few months until Christmas and we’re already working on next years cards.

We can’t wait to share all the new release’s we have coming and we hope you can’t too!

Q&A on Healthy Habits with Luke Jones

Fink Cards Q&A with Luke Jones

Healthy Habits launches 8th September and here at Fink we were delighted to chat with Luke about how this came about, who the cards are for, who inspires and motivates him and of course we talked about the cards!

 

Get Ready For Healthy Habits with Luke Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today here at Fink Cards we’re exciting to share with you the up coming release of Healthy Habits created by our newest author Luke Jones.

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Luke Jones is a wellness advocate, online content creator, and healthy habits specialist.

He grew up in a small town in South Wales, and spent most of his childhood exploring the outdoors and playing sports. As a teenager he fell in love with martial arts, and delved into the world of nutrition and fitness.

Whilst completing his degree at Imperial College, Luke ran into some health issues of his own, and that’s when his passion for healthy habits really began to flourish.

By using fundamental habit changing principles, he was able to recover from his health issues, improve his athletic performance, and forge a new career trajectory, and now his aim is to help others do the same.

When he’s not practising movement or relaxing with loved ones, Luke spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness and sustainability at his site Health Room.

His goal is to empower families and individuals to develop healthy habits and get rid of those that are holding them back, so that they can unlock their health potential and live life to the fullest.

LukeJonesHERO FinkCards Newest Author Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits is about our overall state of health which is largely determined by the thousands of small actions we take everyday, otherwise know as our habits.

For various reasons, in homes and schools there is often a lack of communication regarding healthy habits. Subsequently, many children grow up not knowing what it means to live healthily, and often they run into issues later in life.

This edition of FINK cards is designed to open the communication channel within families with regards to healthy habits.

The goal is to get you thinking about what it means to truly thrive. By sharing your ideas as a family, you’ll be able to uncover your own path to lasting wellness and begin the journey towards eating, moving and living healthier, together.

You have the power it takes to make the changes you want to make. All you need to do is start the conversation.

 

Healthy Habits will be releasing 8th September 2015.

 

HEROTo connect with Luke, visit his site at herohealthroom.com

#finkchat with Sue Atkins and Chris Longbottom Talking about Divorce Legal Conversations

This week on Twitter we had Sue Atkins and Chris Longbottom discussing our newest pack of cards Talking About Divorce Legal Conversations.

Sue and Chris have both participated in other #finkchat’s and Q&A’s including our divorce specials we’ve had this summer, so it was really lovely that they teamed up to create these cards for people who are going through and about to go through a divorce.
Sue and Chris take the hard questions and the questions you need to ask, yourself, your family, your lawyer to help guide you through the divorce process.
You can find these cards and more about them in our shop here.
More on the #finkchat below:
Sue and Chris are our guests on Fink Cards Facebook page at 7pm on Thursday so make sure you stay tuned for that where they will continue discussing their cards.

Upcoming #finkchat & Q&A’s for August

Upcoming #finkchat & Q&A schedule for August | Finkcards

 

Here at Finkcards we really enjoy putting together our chat’s, we hope you like them too! We had a blast with July’s guests, talking to all our authors new and old and we’re really looking for to August’s guests too.

The schedule for our social media chats for the month for August are:

Twitter #finkchat

4th – with Sue Atkins & Chris Longbottom Talking About Divorce Legal Conversations

11th – with Luke Jones Talking About Healthy Habits releasing in September

18th – with Sarah & Michelle from HSA Talking About Advance Care Planning

25th – with Emma Murphy Talking About FACS releasing TBC

 

Facebook Q&A

6th – with Sue Atkins & Chris Longbottom Talking About Divorce Legal Conversations

8th – with Luke Jones Talking About Healthy Habits releasing in September

20th – Divorce Q&A with Sue Atkins, Nicola Ingram, Chris Longbottom & Aleks Binder

27th – with Emma Murphy Talking About FACS releasing TBC

 

We’re excited for all our guests, but we’d love to know who you can’t wait for us to chat too?

Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

#finkchat with Lisa Warner

#finkchat with Lisa Warner Fink Cards

This week on our #finkchat, I was the guest and my assistant asked me questions about Fink Cards.

It was so fun and a nice change to be the one answering the questions, instead of the one asking all the questions!

We talked about the future of Fink Cards, what cards and authors we have coming up over the next few months, what packs I’d love to create next year and my new project that’s launching in October!

See the recap below!

Make sure you follow us on Facebook for our Q&A on Divorce with Sue Atkins on Thursday 7-8pm GMT.

Upcoming #finkchat & Q&A Schedule for July

social media chats for July

 

In case you weren’t aware, here at Fink Cards we now host weekly chats. Every Tuesday 1-2pm GMT we host a chat on Twitter, under #finkchat with our authors and every Thursday 7-8pm GMT on Facebook we host Q&A’s with them too.

We also hold pre-launch chats and launch chats with our authors, so you can get to know what we have coming up and what their cards are about and if they work for you!

The list of July on Twitter for our #finkchat:

7th – Wendy Usher talking about Autism (recapped)

14th – Lisa Warner talking about Fink Cards

21st – Sarah Murphy talking about Talking about Trauma Cards

28th – Sarah from HSA on the Advnced Care Planning Cards

 

The List of July on Facebook for our Q&A’s:

2nd – Jane Evans Q&A on Parenting Impacted by Trauma  (recapped)

9th – Divorce Q&A with our Experts (recapped)

16th – Sue Atkins Q&A about divorce

23rd – Sue Atkins & Chris Longbottom Q&A’s about their launch of Legal Conversations Cards.

30th – Jane Evans Q&A about Trauma

 

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