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The international language of coffee and cake.

Sharing some snippets from the conversations that we have had with the new refugee families, particularly amplifying the voices of the women.

Shoes came first in our conversations; We are grateful for the shoes, but without the right fit how can I go out? Many of the women showed us that the ones they had were not a good fit. Others were still wearing the ones worn during the rush to leave their homes.

Join our team of volunteers

We are currently recruiting for new volunteers to work with local families in need,

  • Are you someone who can offer a listening ear?
  • Are you able to withhold judgement?
  • Do you like trying new things?
  • Can you spare a few hours weekly or fortnightly?
  • Are you able to travel in to Central West London?

If YES then we would love to hear from you, for an informal chat - please drop a line to

Fundraise for Family Friend's #F4FF

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  • Funding enables us to train and support our volunteers as they embark on their journey with the families and young people that they support.
  • Funding also helps us to help families with specific needs, add further interventions such as; groupwork and specialist learning and...
  • Funding also helps us provide fun days out!

Christmas Hampers - December 2020

  • Xmas Hampers 2020

Our partnership with The Junior League of London enables Family Friends to make the festive period that little bit more special for our families by delivering them Christmas hampers. These hampers are kindly prepared by The Junior League of London and storage was kindly offered by Catholic Children’s Society. Donations of children books were made by Usbourne Publishing while face masks by Harrow Club W10.

Wetherby School - Christmas Carol Concert Donation 2020

  • Wetherby School
  • Painting by Wetherby School pupil

We were delighted that students from Wetherby School nominated Family Friends as the local charity to receive donations at their Christmas Carol Concert on Monday 14th December. Wetherby School has been based in Notting Hill since 1971 and builds ongoing, meaningful relationships within the local community. The donations will go towards our Shop & Drop Scheme for families who are finding it difficult to get out or who are financially vulnerable.  On behalf of everyone at Family Friends thank you for your generosity.   

Kensington & Chelsea Foundation - Young People Fund - December 2020

  • Kensington & Chelsea Foundation

The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation have awarded Family Friends a generous grant towards our Child Mentoring and Parent Befriending programmes for the calendar year 2021. This is the second year to receive funding as part of the Children and Young People Fund. This will help us to transform the lives of children and young people so they can reach their potential. The project aims to help children and young people engage positively in the community, gain better health, and overcome difficulties.

The Grove Trust, CHK Foundation and Goldman Sachs Gives - November 2020

  • The Grove Trust
  • CHK Foundation
  • Goldman Sachs Gives

The Grove Trust have kindly awarded Family Friends with a grant for calendar year 2021. This will go towards our new programme Flourishing Families Beyond the Lockdown which is designed to address the effects of lockdown on young families. The Grove Trust was established by a group of local residents based in Notting Hill, London who acknowledge the huge divide between the rich and poor in West London and aims to further the relief of those in need in the local community by channelling local funds to local charities.

Flora Taylor - October 2020

  • Flora and Desk
  • Flora and trustees
  • Flora and staff stand
  • Staff and hats

After 15 years with Family Friends we were sad to see Flora Taylor leave. We would like to express our gratefulness and appreciation of the tremendous impact Flora has displayed during her time with our organisation. Flora has been the bedrock of the organisation creating strong relationships across the areas of benefit we work in. She ensured the impact of our befriending and mentoring programmes were effective and this was recognised with repeat donations from funders.

London Community Response Fund – September 2020

  • National Lottery
  • London Community Reponse Fund

Family Friends was delighted to receive a generous grant as part of the London Community Response Fund. The fund was established from The National Lottery Community Fund under its COVID-19 Response Programme and distributed by City Bridge Trust. The funding will go towards our new programme Flourishing Families Beyond the Lockdown which provides six-month tailored mentoring/befriending services to families across West London.