Westminster Befriend a Family

EVERY FAMILY NEEDS A HOME

200 Volunteers support 120 children and their families living in long-term temporary accommodation (up to 10 years). Volunteers provide a home-visiting service and also provide weekly community-based sports, recreational and learning projects.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1082452)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£20,020

Donations

3

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation
  • OtherOther

    Helping

Location

  • ‚ÄúWe live in temporary house, don‚Äôt see anyone. At swimming the children learn things, talk to people and good for health.‚Äù

    — Esther, refugee lone mother of two sons, (Homeless parent fleeing domestic violence)

  • I‚Äôve just got into UCL university. I couldn‚Äôt have done this without the support of the volunteers who supported me as a young person.

    — Young woman, whose brother and mother have learning disabilities .

  • WBA staff and volunteers and their professional support has been invaluable.

    — Yvonne Jackson-Browne, Teacher, St Augustine‚Äôs CE High School

  • “We live in temporary house, don’t see anyone. At swimming the children learn things, talk to people and good for health.”

    — Esther, refugee lone mother of two sons, (Homeless parent fleeing domestic violence)

  • I’ve just got into UCL university. I couldn’t have done this without the support of the volunteers who supported me as a young person.

    — Young woman, whose brother and mother have learning disabilities .

  • WBA staff and volunteers and their professional support has been invaluable.

    — Yvonne Jackson-Browne, Teacher, St Augustine’s CE High School

Situation

There are 2000 children living in temporary accommodation in Westminster, with many spending years in overcrowded conditions with limited amenities. Of these, 101 families currently live in B&B accommodation. Our Homeless Families Project supports 80 homeless families. Families like Marilyn and her three sons who have been temporarily housed in a one bedroom flat since 2009. Marilyn has HIV and is seriously ill. Her children are taken into care when she cannot cope.

Solution

With just 4 staff we mobilise a workforce of more than 200 dedicated and trained volunteers to support 500 children and 300 parents throughout our organisation, specifically 80 homeless families. Our volunteers provide a lifeline for families: homework support for children; helping families to access community learning and advice services; providing sports and learning projects for children and their parents. They also fundraise for grants to improve the living conditions of families.