Project information

Shepherds Bush Families Project (SBFP)

Shepherds Bush Families Project aims to relieve the poverty and distress of homeless families by providing a range of vital services to meet their needs. We provide a one stop shop of free services centred around children, including playgroups and after school clubs.

April 2011 - March 2014

Charity information: Shepherds Bush Families Project & Childrens Centre

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  • Need


    Disadvantaged children living in unsuitable housing i.e. overcrowded, temporary accommodation, hostels or refuges often miss out on many of the givens of normal family life, such as playing with toys, and having the space to run around. Babies and toddlers can be confined to their cots or buggies. Research shows that if children under two fail to meet their expected milestones it is difficult for them to catch up. We aim to address this and ensure all children have an opportunity to develop.


    We run a free playgroup for children aged 1-5 with fully qualified early years’ practitioners who support children’s development and assist their learning and growing through play, in a safe, stimulating environment where noise and messy play are not a problem, often a contrast to their living conditions. We give children and parents respite from the stresses of daily life which are often magnified due to inadequate living conditions. We aim to meet the individual needs of the children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To relieve the poverty and distress of children living under housing stress in the borough


    » Provide free playgroup for homeless children and those living under housing stress. Supporting parents and children .

    What success will look like

    Success will be children leaving the playgroup having reached expected milestones and being equipped with social and intellectual skills they need for more formal education.

  • Impact


    Our playgroup positively contributes to the lives of children and families who are living under housing stress. Our own observations and assessments of children when they start and throughout their time at the playgroup have shown that children progress well and develop the emotional, social and intellectual skills they need to move onto formal education. Individual profiles evidence this and feedback from parents, child's next setting and other agencies is always very positive.


    The risks are that we do not secure long-term funding for this vital and much needed area of work with children. In the current financial climate we are finding it increasingly difficult to raise much needed funds. We have a funding strategy in place and have identified funders for the various areas of work we do. The community building we occupy up for sale. We have been offered smaller alternative accommodation, but are aiming to raise capital funds to jointly purchase this building.


    We will provide quarterly updates on the success of the project. Including information on numbers of children attending the playgroup, any additional support needs of those children and the make up of families.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £54,181

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      Amount Heading Description
      £47,088 Salaries Early Years Practitioners to work in respite playgroup
      £7,093 Equipment/ Provision/Overheads Utilities, expendable art materials, stationary/printing, insurance, cleaning materials etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    BBC Children in Need £23,544 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project is located in the heart of Shepherds Bush, in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Our project is the only one in the borough which works specifically with families living under housing stress. We are consistently full and we have a waiting list. We are also the only project in the borough which works holistically, not just with children but also with their parents, to ensure children receive the best early start, given their stressful living conditions.


    Children from families living under housing stress: in hotels, hostels, refuges and other forms of unsuitable temporary accommodation. These families are amongst the poorest and most socially excluded in the area and include single parents, women feeling domestic violence and refugee/migrant families. We are making a huge difference to the lives of many of the children we work with, and with financial support we can continue this vital work.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SBFP has been working with families living under housing stress since 1988. We have vast experience of meeting the needs of these families and in particular addressing the underlying issues affecting children living under housing stress. Our playgroup has run since 1992 and consistently shown we can support the children's development and assist their learning and growing through play, in a safe, stimulating environment and have a track record of supporting children with additional needs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tina Mayers Project Joint Manager

    Joint management of org, specific responsibility for all work with children & young people. Line manages & works alongside childcare teams.

    Caroline Wallis Project Joint Manager

    Joint management of org, specifically undertakes advice and family support work. jointly runs group for parents and babies. Social work background.