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Family Friends gets creative at the North Kensington Community Youth Festival

On the 19th August Family Friends was lucky enough to be invited to host a stand at the North Kensington Community Youth Festival at the Westway Sports Centre. The day was an amazing experience for the team who spent time talking to parents and organisations about Family Friends' new Grenfell Programme. Visitors to the Family Friends stand said that they found talking to the team and decorating flower pots "therapeutic" as they shared their recent experiences surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Summer Fair at St Mary The Boltons

  • Family Friends, Church Fair

On 17th June 2017, St Mary The Boltons held a Summer Fair for a fund raising event of all the charities they are supporting. Family Friends are very grateful that the parishioners of St Mary The Boltons will be raising money for Family Friends throughout 2017 and 2018. The village fair in the heart of London was attended by our CEO, Flora Taylor and the event was full of people of all ages. We would like to give special thanks to Anthony Williams, Chairman of St Mary’s Charity Committee, for the invitation and support.

 

Volunteer Support Group Meeting

  • Family Friends Volunteer Support Group Meeting

We would like to thank Liz Warren, Director and Co-founder of SE2, who gave a talk to our volunteers on solutions and support for healthier homes. She covered causes and impacts of cold homes, common types of accidents at home and the causes and effects of poor nutrition. Volunteers also shared their experiences in the homes of families they are supporting and how they helped families live in healthier conditions.

Christmas Hampers

During the week 12th December 2016, Family Friends teamed up with Furnish staff to deliver Christmas hampers to families we support. The Junior League of London had packed hampers full of food, toiletries, books and toys, with additional books provided by LAW Ltd. One mother said, ‘there were some really lovely gifts and I’m looking forward to wrapping them up for Christmas and giving them to my children.'

Volunteer Awards at Victoria & Albert Museum

On 24th November 2016, the Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea held Volunteer Awards at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum. The ceremony saw volunteers receive awards from the Mayor of The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea for the inspirational work they do within the community. Five of Family Friends’ volunteers who work in Kensington & Chelsea received 'Make a Difference Awards'.

Grove Trust gets to know Family Friends

On 1st November 2016, members of The Grove Trust visited Family Friends’ offices to get to know more about our befriending and mentoring services. They spoke to both volunteers and families and found out how the work by volunteers helped the families to make positive changes in their lives. The Grove Trust also met frontline staff and our Trustee George Smith.

NCVO/Mentoring and Befriending awards Family Friends Approved Provider standard

Family Friends has been reaccredited with Approved Provider status, the prestigious national quality standard for mentoring and befriending. The extensive assessment by NCVO/Mentoring and Befriending involved interviews with volunteers, families and staff as well as review of our policies and procedures. Family Friends demonstrated a high standard in every key area. Our project was described as having very clear objectives, being safe and effective, employing robust monitoring, best practice volunteer recruitment and extensive and fit for purpose volunteer training.

The nation's longest reigning Monarch

Our Trustees Elizabeth Jack and Abi Pllana, attended a special Reception for representatives from local voluntary organizations that serve residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The reception was held to celebrate The Queen becoming the Nation’s longest-reigning Monarch. 63 years of service. The event took place at The Mayor’s Parlour, Kensington Town Hall on 6th October 2015. Our trustees were greeted by the Mayor, Councillor Robert Freeman.

The Duchess of Cambridge visit

Volunteers, families and staff enjoyed a coffee morning at Family Friends offices with The Duchess of Cambridge on 19th January. Arriving at 10am, the Duchess was greeted by our Chair of Trustees, Elizabeth Jack. Elizabeth introduced our CEO, Flora Taylor, the trustees and our fundraiser, before giving the Duchess a briefing on the work of Family Friends.

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