In March 2019, Family Friends in Windsor and Maidenhead received a grant of £3,000 from the Police Property Act Fund. The Police Property Act Fund is a joint fund managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police.
With this funding, they planned to support local families across their range of projects.
Family Friends in Windsor and Maidenhead were able to continue supporting families with a range of issues, including:
- Parenting issues
- Stress and isolation
- Depression and anxiety
- Low confidence/self-esteem
- Domestic abuse
- Chaotic home life
Alfie (name changed to protect identity) was referred to the Positive Intervention for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse (PICADA) group, due to the domestic abuse he had been exposed to.
At the first session of the group, Alfie was initially very reluctant to come into the building and was very subdued; with some encouragement he was able to engage in the group and his confidence grew. He benefited from being with other children who had been through similar experiences, which helped him to open up.
Feedback from parent: "My son made some great friends who he talks about. He also had a lovely bond with all 3 of the people who run the group. Thursdays became his favourite day knowing he was coming. They work so hard to help the children understand things. I am so grateful to them all."
Since receiving the Police Property Act Fund grant, they have:
- Supported 124 local families across all projects
- Made a difference to the lives of 217 parents and 273 children
- Worked 1:1 with parents and children, to help them with issues affected mental health and well-being
- Provided practical and emotional support during times of need
- Recruited eight new volunteers since April 2019