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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:

Charity Film Awards - 25 October to 1 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.

Volunteer Sector Event at RBKC Town Hall – 17th September 2019

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On Tuesday 17 September, Family Friends had a stall at the Voluntary Sector Event held at the RBKC Town Hall. The event was organised by the RBKC Community Engagement Team and Kensington & Chelsea Social Council. It was an opportunity for Family Friends to network and connect with other voluntary organisations in Kensington & Chelsea and demonstrate the value we bring and difference we make to families in the borough.

2 Hours - 12th September 2019

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Family Friends were delighted to see the showing of their new short film Two Hours as part of the Volunteer Films event at the Curzon Soho Cinema on 12 September 2019. In February 2019, Family Friends was one of 10 charities selected to have a short film made about them.  This was an initiative set up by John Lyon’s Charity, in partnership with the Media Trust.  The film was made over the summer months by award-winning director Jo Southwell and Aston Management in collaboration with Family Friends.

GoodGym high flyers - 27th August 2019

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GoodGym, a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good, kindly helped out Family Friends by handing out volunteer leaflets across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham on 27 August 2019. Despite the baking hot weather, 26 GoodGym runners turned up for the task. They split into two groups to cover as many shops, newsagents and supermarkets as possible. One group went along King Street and up Goldhawk Road while the other group covered Shepherd’s Bush Road and Goldhawk Road. A special thank you goes to Beth Nelson of GoodGym for organising this task.

25th Anniversary Celebration - 12th June 2019

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On 12th June 2019 Family Friends held an event at the Museum of Brands to celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary.  It was attended by families, volunteers, referral agencies, staff, trustees, funders and other stakeholders. This landmark brought together those who have helped us to get here and those who will take us towards the next 25 years. The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Will Pascal attended the event and learnt more about the befriending and mentoring service Family Friends offers in West London.

Volunteer Support Group Meeting – 30 April 2019

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We were delighted to have Lucille Brown, a Systemic Therapist and Primary Mental Health Worker of NHS, back again to run her workshop on discipline and manging behaviour for our volunteers. Mentors and befrienders were given discipline strategies and ideas on how to praise your child and building his or her self-confidence. Volunteers had the opportunity to share their experiences and how they would tackle the complex issues children and their families face.   

Family Friends Making a Film – April 2019

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As part of John Lyon’s Charity film making scheme ‘Volunteer Films’ in partnership with Media Trust, Family Friends were chosen and delighted to have been partnered with award-winning director Jo Southwell who will be directing this short film. This film will help to raise awareness of the work we do with disadvantaged families in West London and attract more befrienders and mentors to volunteer with Family Friends.