Ways we help

Friends of the Family provides unique support to families and children aged 0-13 years who are experiencing difficulties and are at a low ebb.

We offer our services within Winchester and its surrounding villages, through a number of areas of work.

Mother and child Winchester

Mums and young children >

A group offering mums and their young children a twice-weekly professional support service in a safe and nurturing environment

5s to 13s befriending >

Trained volunteers  provide weekly, non-judgmental support and friendship to children aged between 5 and 13 and their families

Support for Dads in Winchester

Support for dads >

A one-to-one counselling support service for men offering reassurance to those who are struggling with their role as a parent

Counselling >

Weekly counselling sessions offering complementary support and guidance to parents who are engaged with our other services

Family holding hands

Need support? >

If any of our services could help you and your family, please get in touch with us

Kids in street walking

Want to make a professional referral? >

Learn more about the unique benefits of referring a family to our services


Impact >

We constantly evaluate our services to ensure that we are meeting the needs of local families. Read about the results here.

Girl happy

Support us >

Your involvement will make a positive difference to a local child’s life and family. Why not support our work by volunteering or donating?

Quotes - Winchester charity
  • “I wish I had known about Friends of the Family before. Their support has really helped me; and as a family we are coping much better.”

    Ali, 5s to 13s mum
  • “Out of all the groups that have been involved with my family, Friends of the Family has been the most supportive.”

    Charlotte, Mums and young children

Seventy-two families were supported during 2019. Of these:

dads supported
mums supported
children helped