Remebering our patron, Tim Pigott-Smith

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tim Pigott-Smith on Friday.  Tim has been a great friend and supporter of Friendship Works for many years and we are very grateful for everything he has done to support us. After years of supporting Friendship Works in a personal capacity, in March 2010 he generously agreed to become a patron of the charity.  That year, he spearheaded a very…
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Make some noise!

Make some noise! We’ve been nominated to take part in Starbucks Red Cup Cheer campaign. The more cheers we get i.e. likes, shares and retweets, the more money we receive – it’s really that simple! Help us to raise £1000 by going to our Neighbourly campaign page and then sharing to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Reigniting a childhood passion to brighten other childhoods

On Sunday 31 July, Edd Hopkinson will take part in RideLondon, cycling 100 miles through London and Surrey to raise money for Friendship Works. Here, he explains why he’s doing it. “When I was a kid I used to ride my bike as much as I could. If I wasn’t at school or asleep I’d be off exploring on two wheels, searching out new places to ride and having fun…
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Support our #OneFriendship campaign

Friendship Works has partnered with Digital Mums, an organisation which trains mums in social media management to give them more flexible working options. During their five month training course, mums are matched with a business or charity so they have the opportunity to work on a live account. We are delighted to have been matched with Emma, who will be running a campaign across our Social Media channels for eight…
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Bella’s story

About all the outings she goes on with her mentor So when we first met what happened was Neil asked me questions about Stephanie. He asked me “would you like a girl or a boy for the mentor”. I said “I want a girl” and he said “what kind of girl do you want?” I said a funny one. Me and Stephanie went to explore the world in London! My favourite place was…
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Celebrating Friendships – with our CEO, Mayor of Camden and a massive snake!

On Friday 17 June, we held our annual Friendship Works celebration event, to celebrate the friendships between our mentors and mentees.  This year had added significance in that it was the first held since the merger between Friendship Works and Family Action and was the chance for our larger family to witness what makes these relationships so special.  We welcomed 60 of our mentors and mentees, along with the Mayor…
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Stephanie’s Story

On Friendship, exploring London and what it’s like to be a Friendship Works mentor I’ve been a mentor to Bella for about a year now. She was 6 when I met her, and living with her aunt in London, because neither of her parents are able to look after her full time. Bella wanted a mentor who was “kind and funny”. She had experienced many more unsettling disruptions than most…
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Launching our unique mentoring service in Tower Hamlets

We are very pleased to announce that we will be expanding our service into the London borough of Tower Hamlets this month. The expansion is funded by monies received through our participation in ICAP Charity Day 2015. In addition, we have received a grant of £7,016 from the People’s Postcode Trust to help us recruit volunteer mentors in the borough. We will be holding our first volunteer orientation evening in…
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Big Give donations fund big New Years party

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Childhood Trust and everyone who donated money through the Big Give Christmas Challenge in December 2015. We raised over £5,000 in total – enough to cover the cost of outings for four of our friendships for an entire year AND to throw a New Year’s Party for all our families and mentors, with give presents for each child who attended….
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Increased mentoring support for children and young people as charities join forces

We are delighted to announce that Friendship Works and the national charity Family Action have formally merged. Friendship Works joins the portfolio of over 140 services that Family Action provides to vulnerable children, young people and families across the UK. As our long term supporters may be aware Friendship Works, or the “Big Friend/Little Friend befriending project” as it was originally known, was launched in 1977 by the Family Welfare…
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