“Cripplegate Foundation has supported Friendship Works for over 20 years. During this time, we have seen the positive impact of long-term mentoring on children and young people as well as on adult volunteer mentors.
“Friendship Works provides high levels of support to volunteers and consistently strives to evaluate the impact of its work on the children and young people they help.
“We are delighted to support their good work: we are continuing our investment in Friendship Works and the difference they make to the community.”
Kristina Glenn, Director, Cripplegate Foundation
Friendship Works currently receives 45% of its annual income through the very generous support of Trusts and Foundations. We currently help children from the London boroughs of Islington and Camden. Children range in age from 5-18. Many are from minority ethnic groups and all are referred to Friendship Works as a result of having difficulties growing up in their home or social environments.
If you are a Trustee of a Charitable Trust or Foundation, here are some ideas of how you can help us to continue with our work:
We take a great deal of care in our recruitment process to ensure that we make the right choices in selecting people who have the time, skills and personal attributes to be able to mentor a child or young person for a two year period.
We need funds to help us to advertise for volunteers, carry out information sessions for prospective volunteers, conduct intensive interviews and deliver weekend training sessions. It can take between 3-6 months to recruit a volunteer.
We have a duty of care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of a child or young person.
As part of this process, we carry out external safety checks on volunteers, visit the homes of children and volunteers, and discuss mentoring with the parent or guardian. All of which is carried out by our trained team of caseworkers – their time is the main cost of keeping children safe.
Setting up a mentoring friendship
It is essential to ensure that the needs and personality of each child are suitably matched with an adult volunteer: for example, sharing an interest in sport or cycling. We take time to make a thorough assessment of need and to inform the volunteer of those needs before setting up a mentoring friendship.
The results of our work speak for themselves: 90% of our mentoring friendships last for two years.
Supporting mentoring friendships for two years
We provide ongoing support to mentors and mentees for two years at the very least. Our caseworkers hold regular meetings, contact volunteers after every outing with a child or young person, and visit children and their families to review progress. This contact enables us to provide effective support, monitor progress, and evaluate the impact we are having on a young person.
If you would like further information about how you can help, please contact our fundraising team by email at Anita.Oliver@family-action.org.uk or on 020 7241 7624
For further information about our work, you can download our most recent Annual Review and Accounts from The Charity Commission website.