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Family Friends in Windsor & Maidenhead Police Property Act Fund case study

Family Friends in Windsor and Maidenhead provide short-term support to families facing difficult times and enable them to get back on their feet. Support is free, confidential and open to any family living in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead with a child aged 0 – 13 years and up to 18 years for Armed Service families.

Funding received

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.

Services provided

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
  • Illness/disabiliy
  • Low confidence/self-esteem
  • Domestic abuse
  • Chaotic home life

"My son realised he was not the only child who had been through these circumstances. He knows he will slowly learn to control and deal with his emotions." Feedback from parent

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley

"I am pleased to see how the Police Property Act Fund has supported Family Friends in Windsor and Maidenhead. They are doing important work with families across Windsor & Maidenhead, addressing a number of key areas within my Police and Crime Plan. I wish them all the very best on their work." Anthony Stansfeld, PCC for Thames Valley

Case study

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."

Outcomes

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
Family Friends in Windsor and Maidenhead collecting a presentation cheque in February 2020.

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Ashley Sellwood
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