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Inclusive, Ambitious, Open... A Strategic vision

Family Friends has been through a large evolution during this past 18 months, reshaping our core services and taking deep dives into our systems and delivery. 

As with many other charities we are traversing a new environment whereby our biggest challenge is to create a solid and sustainable foundation in order for our services to thrive into a future that is somewhat unknown but is throwing up exciting and new ways of how we can support a broader spectrum of families and engage a wider group of volunteers.

Befriending: Re-Learning to Trust

The interesting thing about the word befriending is that people always ask about what it ‘really’ is. So here you go…

It’s a professional friendship, a listening ear, a few nudges this way and that, stern words, laughs and everything in between.

We were reminded of the power of the befriending relationship this week by an ex-service-user who rang to tell us about her experience with one of our befrienders back in 2009. It’s of no surprise to us that the results of our service are not always truly known until years later down the line.

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 volunteer@familyfriends.uk.com

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.

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