Our History

Family Friends was founded by local resident, Sheila Paget, in 1993.

Sheila was inspired by her work with boys in a Barnardo’s residential unit. She realised that, in many cases, many of the boys would not have been placed in care if their families had more sources of help and support during difficult periods. Sheila’s vision was to create a personal, caring and committed organisation that would give long-term support to vulnerable families, thereby removing the need to place children in care.

First established on the North Kensington estate, the site of Grenfell Tower, Family Friends now covers Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, and Brent. None of this could be achieved without our dedicated staff, volunteers and trustees, generous donors, and the partnership of the families we work with.