Local charity, Family Friends, has launched a special programme for families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The free programme will give extra support to families this summer.

Under the scheme, Family Friends will provide a reliable, trained and supervised volunteer who will provide practical and emotional support in the family’s home or place of residence for two or four hours a week for a period of up to three months.

Child mentoring

A Child Mentoring scheme has just been set up to give children aged 5 to 16 the chance to have fun and receive support from a mentor in a programme that can be tailored to their specific needs. This will include day trips, academic support and one-to-one emotional support. Volunteers will also be able to provide direct support to parents if needed, and help direct them to available support services.

Parent befriending

The Parent Befriending programme provides support for parents of a young people up to 16 years old.

Volunteers will provide parents with support around relocation, paperwork, applications for grants or accessing resources. Volunteers will also be able to provide support around parenting, such as accompanying families on outings outside of the local area.

For more information about the support available from Family Friends, you can go online, call 020 8960 9099, or email info@familyfriends.uk.com.