Friendship Works was established in 1977, and operates as a distinct service as a part of the national charity Family Action.
We improve the emotional well-being and life chances of children and young people who face multiple disadvantages. We provide the vital support these children need to brighten their experience of childhood and build resilience for the future, by matching them with friendship mentors who give one-to-one support for at least two years. We accept referrals for children and young people aged 5-16 in London.
The children and young people we help have a range of problems to deal with, such as living with the impact of domestic violence or alcohol and drug misuse, or supporting parents with mental health problems. Some of the young people have mental health issues themselves; some have learning difficulties or are struggling at school; others are caring for disabled or ill relatives at home.
Whatever a child’s particular circumstances, regular contact with a mentor provides the extra support and friendship they need to help them manage everyday life, explore new interests, have fun, develop life-skills and develop the resilience they need to cope with adversity and lead a fulfilling adult life.