Baraka Community Association

Offers a wide range of activities, classes, sports, mentoring and advice to enable young Somalians to be active in the local community.

W: http://www.barakacommunityassociation.com

A: Canalside House, 383 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA

T: 0208 964 0606 or 07949 727 322

E: barakayouth@tiscali.co.uk

Best Beginnings

National charity working to reduce birth inequalities and give all children the best start in life. Focuses on the period from conception right up to a child’s third birthday, as this is the critical window of opportunity for maximising a child’s physical, emotional, language and developmental needs. Offers many resources which are free to parents, including the Baby Buddy smartphone app.

W: https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk

T: 020 7443 7895

E: info@bestbeginnings.org.uk

Buttle UK

Charity providing financial grants to needy children and young people up to the age of 20 years. The people they help are often in particularly difficult circumstances and may be experiencing significant deprivation. They may be estranged from their family, seriously ill, or experiencing a range of other social problems.

W: https://www.buttleuk.org

A: 15 Greycoat Place, LondonSW1P 1SB

T: 020 7828 7311

Child Protection Resource

Website run by a family lawyer whose aim it is is to help everyone who is involved in the child protection system, in whatever capacity. Does this by providing up to date information about relevant law and practice – as well as links to useful support services and resources.

W: http://childprotectionresource.online

E: childprotectionresource@gmail.com

Dad’s House

Local organisation to help single dads with the practicalities of raising their children alone. Offer accommodation, a buddy service, breakfast club and a food bank, as well as parenting and stress management classes.

W: http://www.dadshouse.org.uk

A: 300 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9JH

T: 07765183504

E: info@dadshouse.org.uk

Early Help for Families

Multi-agency service working with families with children aged 0-19, where there are indications of emerging difficulties and/or additional needs. Offer a range of interventions, including; parenting work, sleep advisory support, activity based programmes, individual support and family health & wellbeing. Also offer support to young carers. Referral form online.

W: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/kb5/rbkc/fis/family.page?familychannel=7

T: 020 7598 4608

E: earlyhelp@rbkc.gov.uk 

Printable Information Leaflet: https://search3.openobjects.com/mediamanager/biborough/directory/files/211_18sjw_early_help_families_a5_2016-2.pdf

Family Friends

Offer parent befriending and child mentoring to disadvantaged families in K&C. Volunteers meet families in their home once a week, for two hours. Involved for at least six months.

W: https://www.familyfriends.uk.com

A: 73 St Charles Square, London W10 6EJ

T: 020 8960 9099

E: info@familyfriends.uk.com

Family Information Service

Online information service for families in K&C. Covers childcare, children’s centres, family safety & social care, health, money matters, parenting support, education, training and youth services. Also, a calendar of local activities.

W: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/kb5/rbkc/fis/home.page


A national freephone helpline for people in stressed-out families who feel they have no-one else to talk. Aims to intervene early and prevent issues reaching crisis point. Calls are answered by a team of trained volunteers with the knowledge and experience of parenting. Provide:

  • Provide both immediate and long term support
  • Help with practical information and guidance
  • Provide emotional and listening support
  • Help with understanding and accessing relevant services and information
  • Provide regular one-to-one befriending support to parents feeling isolated

W: https://www.family-action.org.uk

T: 0808 802 6666

Text : 07537 404 282

E: familyline@family-action.org.uk

Family Lives

A charity helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. Their role is to support parents to achieve the best relationship possible with the children. Provide a helpline, extensive advice on their website, live chat services, and information about befriending services and parenting/relationship support groups.

W: https://www.familylives.org.uk

T: 0808 800 2222 – Helpline

E: askus@familylives.org.uk.

Families Need Fathers

UK charity supporting dads, mums and grandparents to have personal contact and meaningful relationships with their children following parental separation. Offer information, advice and support services helping parents to achieve a positive outcome for their children. Online forum and over 50 UK branches. Also offer legal guidance from solicitors familiar with family courts.

W: https://fnf.org.uk

T: 0300 0300 363

Family Rights Group

Provides advice and support for families whose children are involved with social services. Aim is to help parents to face up to child protection concerns, to understand their options and to work in partnership with the local authority to avoid their child ending up subject to care proceedings.

Can also advise parents whose children are in the care system, who have questions about contact and are unsure about what they need to do in order for their children to come home.

W: https://www.frg.org.uk

T: 0808 801 0366


Provides free information for lone parents on issues including: maintenance, tax credits, benefits, work, education, legal rights, childcare and holidays. They also provide information about other organisations and local groups who may be able to help and offer volunteering opportunities. 

W: www.gingerbread.org.uk

T: 0808 802 0925

E: info@gingerbread.org.uk

MATCH Mothers

A charity, run by volunteers, which supports mothers apart from their children, for whatever reason e.g:

  • Divorce and family breakdown
  • Fostered, taken into care or adopted
  • Personal reasons or choice
  • Religious and cultural
  • Abduction

Offers information and uncritical support, from other mothers who are in similar situations. Members can also contact each other for support. Some local support groups where members can meet face to face and a pen-friend matching service.

W: http://www.matchmothers.org

A: MATCH, BM Box No. 6334, London WC1N 3XX

T: 0800 689 4104

E: enquiries@matchmothers.org 

Printable Information Leaflet: http://www.matchmothers.org/images/matchleaflet2017.jpg


Provide confidential help and advice to young people who are feeling suicidal – and to anyone worried about a young person.

W: www.papyrus-uk.org

T: 0800 068 4141 Mon-Fri 10am to 10pm Weekends 2pm-10pm

E: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Total Family Coaching

A K&C based organisation consisting of highly skilled, multi-lingual family and parenting practitioners, offering an intensive support package to enhance the wellbeing of families. They provide:

  • Family coaching (for up to six months)
  • Grief support – for parents and children
  • Parenting programme
  • Mindfulness
  • Homework support for children affected by tragedy

W: https://www.totalfamilycoaching.co.uk

A: Harrow Club, 187 Freston Road, London, W10 6TH

T: 0208 969 5554 

E: info@totalfamilycoaching.co.uk

West London Action for Children

Work with families, teenagers and children facing many different challenges and experiences, e.g: domestic violence, bereavement, divorce and separation, school exclusions, bullying and truancy, mental health concerns, parenting difficulties, resettlement trauma, substance misuse, experiences of abuse and racism among others. They offer counselling and therapy to children, parents, families and carers on a low income, and they also run parenting groups.

W: www.wlac.org.uk

A: 15 Gertrude Street, London, SW10 0JN

T: 0207 352 1155

E: team@wlac.org.uk

Young Minds

National charity providing a service for children and anyone concerned with the mental health of a child. Their information line is for parents or anyone supporting young children with mental health needs. Their website provides an extensive online resource for advice and information for young people, parents and professionals.

W: www.youngminds.org.uk

T: 020 7336 8445/Parent Info Line 0800 018 2138

E: enquires@youngminds.org.uk