Why we're needed

Studies have shown the effects of the lockdown on families include deteriorating mental health and wellbeing, increased stress, loack of structure and wariness of going outside. 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 2019 we helped over 61 families which has impacted on 223 individuals.
  • 100% of families reported improvements as a result of the service with 100% rating the service ‘Good’ to ‘Great’.
  • 153 Shop & Drops and Vouchers have been delivered since March 2020 

Shop & Drop Scheme

Due to the coronavirus outbreak Family Friends has opened a Shop & Drop Scheme. Our scheme is for housebound families, or families who are self-isolating, who are currently or were previously supported by Family Friends, and selected new families.  It is for deliveries of essential items to families at their homes.

*********Latest update 7 January 2021: Due to further funding we are now able to open our Shop & Drop and Voucher Scheme to new referrals.********

To read more go to Shop & Drop Scheme

To refer a family for our free Shop & Drop scheme go to our Refer a family page

If you would like to donate towards this scheme visit our Support us page

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, Hammesmith & Fulham and South East Brent who have a child aged 0-16 years.

Child Mentoring

For children aged between 10 and 16 years who live in Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and South East Brent.

Volunteer Induction Trainings 2021

Friday 1 January 2021 & Friday 31 December 2021

Volunteer Support Group Meetings

Next Support Group Meeting on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at 6pm

There will be a presentation from Kooth on the services they offer to children and young people. Visit www.kooth.com for further information