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25th Anniversary Celebration - 12th June 2019

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  • 25th Anniversary Celebration
  • 25th Anniversary Celebration

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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  • Media Trust

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.

Daily Mail and General Trust Funding – February 2019

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We were delighted to receive further funding from DMGT in partnership with The K&C Foundation to support the costs of our Family Befriending and Mentoring service in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. DMGT plc have generously funded Family Friends over the last ten years and we are very grateful for this continued support to help disadvantaged families.   

Christmas Hampers – December 2018

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For the festive season, The Junior League of London kindly prepared hampers full of food, toiletries, books and toys for families we work with across West London. Hampers were individually created to suit each family member’s age and gender.  Family Friends teamed up with Shepherds Bush Housing Group staff to deliver 29 Christmas hampers to some delighted parents and children on 12th December 2018.  Enormous thanks to The Junior League of London and Shepherds Bush Housing Group for making this possible.

Family Friends turns 25 - 19th October 2018

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On 19th October 2018 Family Friends celebrates the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the charity. Family Friends was set up by local resident Sheila Paget. Sheila created a personal, caring and committed organisation that would give long-term support to vulnerable families. Through respect, encouragement and support, Family Friends’ mission is to help families to help themselves. We hope to continue our work with local communities for the next 25 years.

GoodGym – October 2018

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GoodGym, a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good, kindly helped out Family Friends with the rearrangements of the office on 9th October 2018. Old desks were removed and disposed of and a couple of filing cabinets and printers were relocated. The following week on 16th October 2018 GoodGym’s runners jogged around King Street, Shepherd’s Bush Road and Askew Road in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and distributed Family Friends’ volunteer leaflets at coffee shops, libraries, grocery shops and community centres.

Chair of Trustees of Family Friends - 15 June 2018

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  • 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

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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.