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Family Support offering free ‘Difficult Days for Dinosaur Douglas’ books to all families in Hammersmith & Fulham

Late last year Family Support, a local authority trading company owned by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, launched a new children’s book “Difficult Days for Dinosaur Douglas” authored by Heather Maisner to draw attention to toxic stress in early life and how to address it.

To help families in the borough access resources while facing social restrictions currently in place as the UK fights the spread of the coronavirus Family Support will be sending all families in the borough a free copy of the book (with free delivery).

To access this offer just email with Dinosaur Douglas in the subject line and your postal address. The address must be within Hammersmith & Fulham and a maximum of one book per household can be ordered. Those outside of Hammersmith & Fulham can still purchase the book as normal through Family Support’s e-shop:

Dinosaur Douglas is can be used to talk to children, parents, carers and professionals about how reducing toxic stress means that children are not only happier, but also more resilient.

The book was written by established local children’s author Heather Maisner who worked closely with Family Support, the Alberta Wellness Initiative ( and the NSPCC to create a book that could successfully talk about what toxic stress is, how it can impact children and how to deal with it in an accessible way.