Family Friends provide short term support to families who are facing difficult times and enable them to get back on their feet. Our help is free, confidential and open to any family living in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead with a child aged 0 – 13 years and up to 18 years for Armed Service families.
Family Friends is staffed by a team who are all passionate about helping families going through difficult times.
We also have a dedicated Board of Trustees who give up valuable time to make important decisions on behalf of Family Friends. Some of them also directly support families.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our committed volunteers who come from all walks of life.
Together, we are Family Friends!
Director of Services
I joined Family Friends in March 2004, having previously worked for Social Services at a Family Centre in High Wycombe. I am really passionate about the work that Family Friends does, providing vital support to children and families in RBWM and helping them to move forward. Over the years I have seen first-hand the difference that early help support can make to families and I feel very privileged to be part of this amazing team of dedicated staff and volunteers, who bring a wealth of skills and experience and without whom, none of this would be possible. The positive feedback received from families is testament to the invaluable support they provide. I am delighted to now be leading the organisation through the next chapter, as we continue to provide a much needed service to children and families.
My first involvement was for five years in 1995 as a Volunteer and member of the Management Committee. The next fifteen years were spent in Early Years Care & Education working with 0-5 year olds and their families. I was delighted to rejoin this professional and caring organisation in my current role with the new and exciting challenge of using my skills and expertise to support Service Children and their families.
Family Support Worker, Children (0-18 years)
I have always been passionate about supporting children and young people. Working at Family Friends gives me the opportunity to work with parents to help them feel more confident and empowered, which ultimately has a positive impact on the family unit. I am thrilled to return following maternity leave, and am already actively using Family Support Worker skills to support local Forces Families.
I joined Family Friends in February 2016 and will be working in the Asian Father and Families Project. I come with a variety of experience working in Women’s Aid, Housing Support, Youth Work and supporting children and families. I am looking forward to this new adventure helping fathers to build and develop their relationship with their children. It is an innovative project which aims to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and their families in a fun and positive way by developing parenting skills and engagement of families with schools and other services.
Family Support Worker
I have a background in early years care and education and for the past eighteen years have been working with children aged from 0-8 and their families across various settings. Much of my work has involved helping children to achieve and grow, supporting children with special educational needs, as well as developing effective parent relationships. My managerial role at Sure Start helped provide a better understanding of the important service Children’s Centres’ provide to families and the community. Gaining invaluable experience within Social Care strengthened this further and sparked a desire to contribute to parent support work. I am very passionate about children and family services and was drawn to Family Friends for this very reason. I am very excited to be part of the wonderful team that is Family Friends; working with this fantastic charity in helping to provide a valuable and rewarding service to children and families.
Meet The Trustees
Chair – I wanted to be part of Family Friends because it felt like it was my local charity that supported families in what I consider my own community. I have lived in Windsor for 27 years, and after 30 years in the police service, was looking for a way of making some contribution to an area that is my home. In my career as a police officer, I was able to see at first hand what a difference a strong family could make to the life of people who could otherwise have had a much more difficult and troubled existence. I was also lucky enough to be the head of profession within the police service for a group of officers know as ‘family liaison officers’, a remarkable group of people who did fantastic work with families in some of the most distressing and tragic circumstances. So Family Friends seemed to offer everything – local, working with people and making a difference, and supporting one of the most importance parts of our community and society. I have not been disapponted – great team, committed people and a real sense of purpose. It makes me feel that my commitment of time is worthwhile, really satisfying and important. Come and join us!
I joined wonderful Family Friends in October 2014 as a trustee, looking to help, support and contribute my management and people skills. For the past 13 years my husband and I have developed a successful medical business in both the UK and Denmark. Prior to that I worked for a number of organisations, in managerial roles, including Volvo UK, Motorola and British Airways. It seemed the right time of my life to join a charity and after researching many I came to respect and appreciate the services Family Friends offer to our community both in Windsor and Maidenhead and to which I can offer my knowledge and time.
Originally from East Yorkshire, I am a professional biologist and an avid Hull City fan. I have been a Master at Eton College for just over thirty years and currently have managerial responsibility for career education. I’m married to Heather and have two children, James and Virginia. As Curator of the Eton College Natural History Museum I’ve been lucky to be involved in extensive outreach activities that the museum has run for families drawn from across the local area. I know just how important support for families is in almost every area of life. Serving as RBWM Councillor for Eton and Castle, I became aware of the vital role that Family Friends plays in the Royal Borough at what is a really testing time for many families. Recently, I have hosted a couple of events for Family Friends at the College and the more I have found out about the charity the more I have become convinced that there is no more worthy cause to support.
After 20 corporate years with an insurance company, including spells working overseas, I took a career change as a part-time furniture maker, part-time Dad. I had experienced at first hand the value of similar support to that provided by Family Friends when our own family hit difficult times some years ago, and over time I have become increasingly keen to give something back. I began volunteering in 2015 and have since worked with both families and groups. I was asked to stand as a trustee also, and it really is a huge privilege to be able to support the great work done by this charity from both ends of the spectrum.
I joined Family Friends in 2013 as a Trustee. I am now retired, but as a Qualified Social Worker I spent many years working with families, children, young people and adults experiencing challenges including mental illness, substance misuse and abuse. Family Friends is an established and effective organisation offering a valuable service to families locally. I welcome the opportunity to be involved.
I have lived in Windsor since 2009 and from the beginning always wanted to be a part of the local community. After seining a very inviting volunteer recruitment advert in the local newspaper I knew straight away that Family Friends would be the right local charity for me. I started as a volunteer in 2013 and then soon after became a Trustee. I believe in giving back and helping others and Family Friends is really at the heart of this belief. Having the opportunity to be a Trustee for such an amazing charity is very rewarding and enjoyable. I look forward to supporting Family Friends in its very exciting present and future
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