Why we're needed

Life today is full of pressures. Parenting is a challenging job and growing up in an inner city can be tough. Parents can feel  low, vulnerable, confused about how to move forward or swamped by responsibilities.  This can have a knock on effect on their children, affecting their education, self esteem and career prospects in later life. Through our respect, encouragement and support, families discover their strengths, resolve difficulties and build on their coping skills.

How we're doing

  • In 2016 we helped over 70 families which has impacted on 228 individuals.
  • Over 95% of families report improvements as a result of the service with 100% rating the service ‘Good’ to ‘Great’.
  • In 2016 Family Friends was reaccredited with Approved Provider status, the prestigious national quality standard for mentoring and befriending.

Special Grenfell Tower Project

Family Friends has launched a special programme for families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, either directly or indirectly.  The free programme will give extra support to families this summer and autumn.  Family Friends will match a reliable, trained, screened and supervised volunteer to a family, who will provide 3 months of practical and emotional support in the family’s home.  The programme offers 2 or 4 hours of support each week.

Refer a Family

 

Volunteer with us

Could you be a volunteer? Are you over 23 and available to spare two hours each week to support a family? We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds who are ready to use their life experiences to become a friend or mentor and we’ll support you all the way. In a recent survey, all our volunteers found the experience to be a rewarding one.

Parent Befriending

For parents who live in Kensington & Chelsea and South East Brent who have a child aged 0-16 years.

Child Mentoring

For children aged between 5 and 16 years who live in Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Next volunteer training

Thursday 1 February, Thursday 8 February - 10am to 5pm
North Kensington
Saturday 21 April, Saturday 28 April - 10am to 5pm
Hammersmith
Saturday 23 June, Saturday 30 June - 10am to 5pm
Hammersmith
Saturday 29 September, Saturday 6 October - 10am to 5pm
Hammersmith