Family Friends is a charity, based in St Charles Square, North Kensington, that works with disadvantaged local families. To help families to help themselves is the aim. Founded 20 years ago by Sheila Paget, following her work in a Barnardo’s boys home in East London, Family Friends provides early intervention support by trained volunteers to troubled families. This prevents disastrous family breakdown, which devastates young lives and destabilises local communities. Family Friends offers two services:
- Parent Befriending for parents of children aged 0-16.
- Child Befriending & Mentoring for children aged 5-16.
A trained volunteer for a parent or child is provided as a source of practical and emotional support. The volunteer visits the family in their home each week for a year. Experienced staff carefully monitor the volunteers and families, working closely with social workers, schools, GP’s, health visitors and other local organisations offering sensible, reliable, community based help. These families face isolation and poverty. Many of the families have a family member who is ill or disabled and they struggle to cope or give their children the attention they need. Often families live in cramped housing where they have little room to expend energy or do homework.
Family and Friends is looking for new volunteers.i f you are interested in becoming a volunteer befriender/mentor with Family Friends please contact the office on the number below or visit our website to download an application form. The next training takes place on 24th January and 7th February 2015.
73 St Charles Square, London, W10 6EJ
Telephone: 0208 960 9099 Fax: 0208 960 9144
Email: [email protected]
Family Friends is a charity registered with the Charity Commissioners under Charity Number 1028214 and a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales under company number 02863464. Registered office: 73 St Charles Square, London, W10 6EJ