Family Action

Friendship Works Summer Give

Donate now to provide disadvantaged children from inner London boroughs with fun activities, ensuring a safe and carefree summer. Including: - one-to-one outings with their mentor - a summer event celebrating the friendships between children and their mentors, with fun activities and healthy food.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 10 June 2019 to 3:00 PM, 21 June 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (264713)

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  • My mentor is someone I can rely on. I've done lots of new things. Since becoming friends with him I am much more confident and adventurous. Leroy's Mum said: Having his mentor to take him out allows him to just be a child for a few hours a week.

    — Leroy, 11, and Mum

  • My mentor took me out and showed me what was possible. Their friendship was life changing for me.

    — Lee, former mentor

  • My son's mentor is a strong role model for him... someone with ambition, not just with work but to enjoy life.

    — Parent

Situation

We work in some of London's most deprived boroughs, eg Tower Hamlets has the highest level of child poverty (53%) of all the UK’s local authorities (End Child Poverty, 2018). We support children who face multiple and complex challenges eg: - poverty - domestic violence/addiction - responsibilities as young carers - disabilities - bereavement - mental illness - social isolation - leaving the care system These issues can impact on their summer holidays, leaving them afraid, lonely and anxious.

Solution

Over the summer holidays and throughout the year, for a minimum of two years, our adult volunteer mentors take children at the weekend. Mentors provide one-to-one support, friendship and fun activities for children who may not otherwise have these opportunities. During the summer we will also hold a fun event to celebrate these friendships and give children a chance to meet other young people who face similar challenges.