Need support?

Are you finding family life stressful? Overwhelmed by your responsibilities as a parent? Struggling to cope with your child and feeling isolated? Talk to us, we may be able to help.

Please note, if you are a professional wanting to make a referral, learn more about how to refer a family.

Family holding hands, Winchester

How can we help?

Depending on your individual situation, we can offer you and your children, aged 0- 13 years, friendly, non-judgmental support in a variety of ways:

A mum with a child under 5?
Then our therapeutic support group for mums and under 5s may be right for you.

Mum and toddler

Parent with school children aged 5 to 13 years?
Our 5s to 13s befriending service could be exactly what you need.

A dad with children aged 0 to 13 years, looking for some one-to-one support?
Then you might benefit from our support for dads service.

Father and child support, Hampshire
Quotes - Winchester charity
  • “I come in twice a week and I feel like I have a home. Friends of the Family feels like my second family; they watch the children grow up and the mums bloom and I couldn’t ask for a better group to be at.”

    Christina, Under 5s Mums
  • “Having a volunteer befriender has made a big difference to our lives. She goes out of her way to support and understand us.”

    Matt, 5s to 13s dad
  • "The counselling has helped me come out of the darkness and into the light."

    Andy, Support for dads

Who do we support?

We offer services to children and families who live in Winchester and its surrounding villages. Our families and their children need support with a variety of issues. These often include isolation, low self-esteem, mental or physical illness and relationship difficulties.

Why choose us?

Our holistic approach enables us to match our services to you and your children’s individual needs. We provide long-term support that is consistent but flexible. Our aim is to work with you to help you find your own strengths and resolve the issues you face. With our support, we hope that you and your family will feel more confident to move forward more positively. Read what some of our under 5s mums, 5s to 13s families and dads say about working with us.

Who can refer a family?

Anyone. Families may refer themselves or occasionally a concerned friend will make contact on their behalf. Most of our children and their families are referred by other professionals, such as a health visitors, GP, school nurse, or teacher.

How do families get referred?

Each of our services has basic criteria for accepting referrals, but we would much rather chat through your individual needs with you or a referrer first. This helps us get a clear picture of your family’s needs and how we might best be able to help. If our services aren’t right for your family, we will always try and connect you to other services that may be better placed to support you.

Once your referral is accepted, the manager of the service you have been matched to will telephone and arrange to visit you and your family in your own home. During this initial visit they will talk to you in more depth about your family’s needs and assess how best to support you and your children. You will then be given information about next steps.

Call us on 01962 864466 for an informal chat about how we can help you and your family. Or contactus@fotfwinchester.org