Family Friends
Family Friends is a charity that supports families and young people living in Central West London through volunteer befriending services. 

Our Big Buddies are inspirational role models who provide support to young people aged 10-18 for a few hours weekly or fortnightly over a period of 3, 6 or 12 months. Family Friends’ services are initiated only with the consent of the young person and their family and young people have an equal voice in deciding how they wish to spend their time. The most important criteria for receiving Family Friends’ support is that the young person is keen to make positive changes and engage with a Befriender.

Support might look like:

- Trying fun activities together

- Helping a young person to grow in confidence and resilience

- Talking to a young person about future aspirations

- Group work

- Sharing your skills with a young person


What type of volunteers are we looking for?

Family Friends volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are selected for their qualities of warmth and understanding.

- Are you someone who can offer a listening ear?
- Are you able to withhold judgement?
- Do you like trying new things?
- Can you spare a few hours weekly or fortnightly?
- Are you willing to travel in Central West London?

If this sounds like you, please get in touch! 

Time commitment

Hours are flexible depending on the young persons needs and volunteers availability but an average of 2-3 hours per week or fortnight for 3, 6 or 12 months.
Application deadline
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
Safeguarding and risk management are two key components in running our successful service here at FF. Our policy, procedure, training, and weekly monitoring ensure that our staff, volunteers, and families are working to collectively assure all areas of risk are measured, reported and solution focused on a continual basis.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch at any time with any questions, queries or problems you encounter.