Project information

Friendship Works Christmas Give

Each year we hold a party over the festive season for the disadvantaged children we support.

Your donation could:
Enable a child to attend our party to make Christmas extra special this year
Pay for a weekend outing for a child and their mentor to give them the one-to-one support they need

Our volunteer mentors support children for a minimum of two years.

Charity information: Family Action

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  • Need


    The children we support grow up experiencing multiple and sometimes complex issues, including:
    - poverty
    - domestic abuse
    - overwhelming caring responsibilities as young carers
    - disability or special educational needs
    - bereavement
    - substance misuse
    - mental health problems
    - social isolation or bullying

    These issues can have a negative impact on their childhood and even their future life opportunities.


    We recruit and train adult volunteer mentors using a robust process. Each child referred to our service is carefully matched to a mentor who takes them out on three weekends each month, for a minimum of two years. These outings provide vulnerable children an opportunity to access new experiences - new stories to tell their friends.

    Our team of experienced caseworkers have weekly supervision calls with mentors, regular review meetings with children and their families and provide on-call support

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve children's social and emotional development through quality friendship.


    » Our mentors build a strong and trusting friendship with a child through one-to-one outings together on three weekends each month.

    We have weekly supervision calls with mentors and regular review meetings with children, their parents and mentors. We use various tools including review forms and case studies.

    Aim 2

    Enable children to have increased self-esteem and resilience and a stronger sense of identity.


    » Our friendships contribute to the three fundamental building blocks of resilience; self-esteem, self-efficacy and a sense of belonging or security.

    We have weekly supervision calls with mentors and regular review meetings with children, their parents and mentors. We use a range of tools including review forms and case studies.

    Aim 3

    Provide access to new opportunities that develop children's skills and broaden their horizons.


    » Outings give children exciting new experiences that they may not otherwise had access to. Including, life skills, communication and problem solving.

    We have weekly supervision calls with mentors and regular review meetings with children, their parents and mentors. We use a range of tools including review forms and case studies.

  • Impact


    Mentoring builds children’s resilience which contributes to:
    • Better mental wellbeing
    • Higher attainment at school, skills and qualifications
    • Better job prospects
    • Improved recovery from illness
    • Lower incidence of risky behaviours

    We provide early intervention which prevents children's problems from escalating and reduces the risk of poor outcomes in the future such as unemployment, substance misuse, mental health problems and involvement in crime.


    Safeguarding vulnerable children is our priority. We have developed a robust safeguarding policy and implement safer recruitment of staff and volunteers. We complete risk assessments for the activities children do with their mentors.


    We will report to donors through the following channels:
    - e-newsletter
    - website
    - Facebook
    - Twitter
    - local press
    - case studies, quotes and photographs

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Party Venue and entertainment
      £1,500 Party Food, drinks and a gift for each child we support
      £4,000 Outings Appoximatley 300 weekend outings for disadvantaged children with their mentors
  • Background


    We currently support children and young people in the deprived inner London boroughs of Camden, Islington, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.


    We help children aged 5-18 who face multiple and sometimes complex disadvantages. Around a quarter of the children we support have a disability or special educational needs.

    Children are referred to our service from a range of agencies including social services, schools and child mental health services. Last year, 1 in 4 children referred to our service were a Child in Need or the subject of a Child Protection Plan.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Friendship Works was launched in 1977 by the Family Welfare Association (now Family Action). In 1983 we became an independent charity that provides mentors for disadvantaged children and young people.

    In September 2015 Friendship Works once again joined forces with Family Action who currently support over 45,000 vulnerable people in the UK, including 8 young carer services.
    Our unique two year model is based on research which shows that longer mentoring relationships for children are more

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kate Gledhill

    Head of Service Delivery