Volunteer Opportunity
£/year
31 Dec 2020
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Email: info@familyfriends.uk.com
Phone: 02089609099


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VOLUNTEER BEFRIENDERS/MENTORS

Family Friends carefully recruits, trains and matches volunteers with parents, children or adolescents. Volunteers meet the family in their home, once a week for two hours. They offer long-term practical and emotional help based on each family's unique needs and potential. Volunteers pledge a minimum 6 months commitment and Family Friends' staff back up their work with on-going supervision and family feedback interviews.

The charity was set up in 1993 by local resident Sheila Paget, the initiative coming from her work with boys in a Barnardo’s residential unit. Sheila realised that, in many cases, 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.

Through a network of trained volunteers we provide befriending and mentoring services. We help families living in deprived areas of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and the London Borough of Brent. Through respect, encouragement and support, we aim to ‘help families to help themselves’; to discover their strengths and build on their coping skills.

Could you give two hours of your time a week and a minimum 6 months’ commitment to a family?Are you a good listener with an empathetic nature? Can you withhold judgement? Are you reliable?Are you over 23 years of age?Have you lived in the UK for the last 2 years?If yes then please apply