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Chair of Trustees of Family Friends - 15 June 2018

  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Tony Bernstein

Family Friends is sad to announce that our Chair, Elizabeth Jack, has resigned her position on the Board of Trustees.  Elizabeth has been involved with Family Friends both as a trustee and volunteer befriender for over 10 years and is a passionate advocate of the charity and its work. She has done an enormous amount to raise the profile of the charity as well as developing our fundraising and rebranding.  Elizabeth became Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2014 after joining the board in 2011 and prior to and alongside that was a volunteer befriender with Family Friends, visiting many local

Volunteer Support Group Meeting – 12 June 2018

  • Emma Cloke and Staff
  • VSGM June 2018
  • Flora opening
  • Tony and Volunteers

We would like to thank Emma Cloke, Social Worker for RBKC, for her presentation to our volunteers on ‘the inside story of social work’. Emma looked at the role of social work, the reasons for social work involvement and the support provided. She also shared her own experiences and how Family Friends’ programmes can benefit families and complement the work of social workers. Volunteers enjoyed the chance to ask questions and share their experiences with other mentors/befrienders.

Christmas Hampers – December 2017

  • Hampers 2017
  • Hampers 2017

During the week 11th December 2017, Family Friends teamed up with Furnish staff to deliver 32 Christmas hampers to families we support. The Junior League of London had packed hampers full of food, toiletries, books and toys. Hampers were individually created to suit each family member’s age and gender.  One mother said, ‘this was such a lovely gesture when things have been tough.’

Volunteer Support Group Meeting – 21 November 2017

  • Volunteer Support Group Meeting - November 2017

We would like to thank Lucille Brown of NHS for the workshop on discipline and managing behaviour which she ran for our volunteers. Mentors of children were given strategies for managing behaviour and also befrienders to parents were given ideas for supporting the behaviour of their children. Volunteers had the opportunity to share their experiences and discuss how they tackle challenging behaviour.

Good Gym runs for Family Friends – 12 September 2017

  • Good Gym September 2017

Thank you to Good Gym in Hammersmith & Fulham for delivering our flyers promoting volunteering to local organisations. Despite the rain and wind, the group ran 6km hitting the local cafes and shops and pinning our volunteer leaflets on their noticeboards. A special thank you goes to Polly Skeats-Beswick of Good Gym for organising the event. For more information and pictures visit  www.goodgym.org/reports/cheese-the-day-and-deliver.

Volunteer Support Group Meeting – 6 September 2017

  • NSPCC Volunteer Support Group Meeting September 2017

We would like to thank Emma Motherwell of NSPCC for a great workshop on how to keep your child safe online. Information on general online safety, talking to your child about staying safe online and the Be Share Aware campaign were all covered. Volunteers were also given a chance to show how net aware they were by taking a quiz on identifying social networks that kids use today.

Family Friends gets creative at the North Kensington Community Youth Festival

On the 19th August Family Friends was lucky enough to be invited to host a stand at the North Kensington Community Youth Festival at the Westway Sports Centre. The day was an amazing experience for the team who spent time talking to parents and organisations about Family Friends' new Grenfell Programme. Visitors to the Family Friends stand said that they found talking to the team and decorating flower pots "therapeutic" as they shared their recent experiences surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Summer Fair at St Mary The Boltons

  • Family Friends, Church Fair

On 17th June 2017, St Mary The Boltons held a Summer Fair for a fund raising event of all the charities they are supporting. Family Friends are very grateful that the parishioners of St Mary The Boltons will be raising money for Family Friends throughout 2017 and 2018. The village fair in the heart of London was attended by our CEO, Flora Taylor and the event was full of people of all ages. We would like to give special thanks to Anthony Williams, Chairman of St Mary’s Charity Committee, for the invitation and support.

 

Volunteer Support Group Meeting - April 2017

  • Volunteer Support Group Meeting - April 2017

We would like to thank Liz Warren, Director and Co-founder of SE2, who gave a talk to our volunteers on solutions and support for healthier homes. She covered causes and impacts of cold homes, common types of accidents at home and the causes and effects of poor nutrition. Volunteers also shared their experiences in the homes of families they are supporting and how they helped families live in healthier conditions.

Christmas Hampers

During the week 12th December 2016, Family Friends teamed up with Furnish staff to deliver Christmas hampers to families we support. The Junior League of London had packed hampers full of food, toiletries, books and toys, with additional books provided by LAW Ltd. One mother said, ‘there were some really lovely gifts and I’m looking forward to wrapping them up for Christmas and giving them to my children.'

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