Westminster Befriend a Family

Westminster Befriend a Family

Charity information

Westminster Befriend a Family

Our 200 Volunteers provide weekly support services to families with complex and multiple needs. We support children aged 0-18 and their families, visiting homes and providing community services

Founded 1989

  • Mission statement

    We aim to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in the borough of Westminster:

    We have a lean and efficient operating model of just 3 members of staff and 200 volunteers. Our volunteers work 64,614 hours per annum which, valued at £15 per hour (the rate of a family worker), is worth £969,210 p. A.

    Our 200 Volunteers provide services to families with complex and multiple needs. Volunteers provide a weekly home visiting service to homeless families; families with children aged 0-8 who have behavioural or developmental delay; and vulnerable young people aged 8-18. Volunteers also organise our weekly community projects for families. Unpaid Social Work Students and Family Support Volunteers run : weekly swimming, martial arts and dance lessons for children; weekly drop-in advice service/crèche; weekly life coaching education project for mothers (crèche); half term family outings; and quarterly arts and leadership projects for young people. Twenty-five office volunteers assist with project management.

    With just 3 full time staff and 200 volunteers, we punch above our weight.

    We spend just 8% of our annual income on fundraising, 66% on family support services and 26% on core costs.

  • Aims

    Westminster Befriend a Family aims to:

    • To improve the physical and mental health of disadvantaged children and families
    • To improve the integration of isolated refugee and migrant families
    • To support children on the edge of care and prevent them being placed on the child protection register
    • To improve the living conditions and circumstances of homeless children and families
    • To improve the learning and development of disadvantaged children and families, many of whom are homeless
  • Overview

    Established: May 1989

    Registered Charity Number: 1082452

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 200

    Phone number: 0207 828 2765

    Address: Westminster Befriend a Family 34 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 0RE

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website

    200 Volunteers support 120 children and their families living in long-term temporary accom... More