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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.

Flourishing Families Beyond the Lockdown – September 2020

  • Flourishing Families Beyond the Lockdown

In September 2020 Family Friends launched a new programme Flourishing Families Beyond the Lockdown across Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Brent. It is designed to address the effects of lockdown on young families. Studies have shown there is deteriorating mental health and wellbeing, increased stress, lack of structure, wariness of going outside and into the community, that many have embraced isolation while children have fallen behind academically. 

Summer Gifts – August 2020

  • Summer Gift

On 4th August, as part of our Shop & Drop Scheme, Family Friends offered a one-off special summer gift to all current families on our befriending and mentoring service. This was to encourage families to enjoy playing games together, visit parks and open spaces and leave their screens behind during summer. They could choose one item from a specially curated list which included frisbees, picnic rugs and board games. This was made possible by the generous donations received to our Shop & Drop Scheme.

100 Shop & Drops completed - July 2020

  • Shop & Drop 2
  • Shop & Drop 1

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
  • Thank you Donations

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.