Family Friends has launched a special programme for families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, either directly or indirectly. The free programme will give extra support to families this autumn. Family Friends will match a reliable, trained, screened and supervised volunteer to a family, who will provide practical and emotional support in the family’s home. The programme offers two or four hours of support each week. There are two schemes:
Child mentoring – for a child/siblings aged 5-16
Gives children the chance to have fun and benefit from regular interaction from a calm and positive adult. The programme is tailor-made to the needs of children. They may go for outings out of the area, visit places of interest, receive academic support and discover new hobbies. Their parents may have respite from their caring responsibilities. The volunteer would also provide direct support to the parent if required and help link the family into relevant resources.
Parent befriending – for parents of a child aged 0-16 years.
Parents receive support with organisation around relocation, paperwork, applications for grants or accessing resources. Volunteers may also give support around parenting and could accompany family on outings outside of the local area. They do not provide an advice service.
We already have volunteers available to match. We have leaflets available to give out to families, which we can drop off to you. Please share this information to anyone else who might be interested.