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100 Shop & Drops completed - July 2020

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On 27th July 2020, Family Friends reached the milestone of carrying out 100 Shop & Drops for families who were self-isolated, shielding or finding it difficult to get out during Covid-19. On 23 March 2020, in response to the great need that staff and volunteers were observing, Family Friends opened a Shop & Drop Scheme which was initially offered to all families that we were currently supporting. It consists of carrying out a shop of essential items for up to a value of £30 to a shopping list of the families' own devising and delivering it to the family door.

Funding for our Shop & Drop Scheme – May 2020

  • The London Community Foundation
  • United in Hammersmith & Fulham
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Family Friends has raised £8,000 to carry out free Shop & Drops up to the value of £40 each for families we have identified as being financially vulnerable. We would like to thank London Community Foundation via Covid-19 Funding, UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham and private donors for their generous support, as well all our present funders who have been flexible in the use of their grants during this difficult time.

Shop & Drop Scheme – March 2020

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On 23rd March 2020, Family Friends opened a Shop & Drop Scheme to support families who were self-isolated, shielding or finding it difficult to get out during the lockdown. This was offered to all families that we were currently supporting. It consists of carrying out a shop of essential items for up to a value of £30 to a shopping list of the families own devising and delivering it to the family door. This is also for the collection of foodbank items and prescriptions. It is managed by staff while shops and deliveries are made by volunteers or staff.

The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation – February 2020

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The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation awarded Family Friends a generous grant towards our Child Mentoring and Parent Befriending programmes for the calendar year 2020. We were one of 12 local organisations through their Children and Young People Fund to have received the support and this will help us to transform the lives of children and young people so they can reach their potential. The weekly support is in and around the home and this will address the needs of the children and those of their family.

Christmas Hampers – December 2019

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Our partnership with The Junior League of London and Shepherds Bush Housing Group 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 the storage and delivery are managed by the Shepherds Bush Housing Group. Families supported by Family Friends in West London received hampers full of food, toiletries, books, and toys. Here is some feedback:

Family Hubs Event at RBKC Town Hall – 2nd December 2019

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Family Friends had a stand at theFamily Hubs, Early Help Service & Detached & Outreach Team Launch Event’ at the Great Hall, Kensington Town Hall.  It was an opportunity for staff to network with other organisations in The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and for Family Friends to promote our befriending and mentoring services. Staff participated in various workshops laid on during the event and The Family Friends film ‘2 Hours’ was shown in the Great Hall to all attendees.

Charity Film Awards - 25th October to 1st December 2019

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Family Friends’ short film ‘2 Hours’ has been nominated for a Charity Film Award. The film ‘2 Hours’ is the result of collaboration from everyone here at Family Friends, John Lyon’s Charity, The Media Trust, and a volunteer film crew led by award-winning director Jo Southwell. We feel it does a fantastic job of promoting our message and hope it will raise awareness of our work with families and attract new volunteers.

Goodbye to Daniel Christian – 24th September 2019

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After seven years with Family Friends we were sad to see Daniel Christian leave. We would like to express our gratefulness and appreciation of the tremendous work Daniel has displayed during his time with our organisation. Daniel joined Family Friends as a volunteer back in 2012, and in 2015 he took up the Male Outreach Worker position. Over seven years he had supported 29 boys from 26 families across Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and South East Brent.

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