Children & Families

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The importance of a stable and supportive home-life in contributing to the successful emotional and psychological development of a child is well documented.

Family life is not easy and even the most secure environments can be fragile and crack if exposed to certain pressures, such as relationship breakdown, bereavement, domestic violence or economic difficulties. John Lyon’s Charity supports a wide variety of projects that exist to develop parenting skills, provide support to those in the greatest of need and to prevent families from reaching crisis point. When applying for a grant, suitable projects or groups include:

  • Play activities for children aged 0-10 years outside the formal school setting
  • Services that provide support to families
  • Drop-in provision for under-fives including crèche provision and stay and play
  • Parenting initiatives
  • Projects delivered in Children’s Centres and Early Years settings

We cannot support the core running costs of Children’s Centres or provide funding for childcare.

Have a look at some of the case studies below for insight into some of the Children & Families projects funded by the Charity. Alternatively, you can visit our page on Recently Funded Projects.

Home-Start Barnet

Home-Start Barnet provides free, confidential support to local families with children under the age of five in Barnet via a team of highly trained volunteers.  It also works in close partnership with numerous local organisations including children’s centres, social care, schools, GPs, nurseries and other community organisations.

Since 2000, Home-Start Barnet been awarded £520,000 from John Lyon’s Charity.  In addition to supporting its local services, this funding has enabled Home-Start Barnet to establish satellite services in Brent and Harrow, in response to the high-levels of need and declining early years provision in both boroughs.  Currently, Home-Start Barnet is in receipt of a main grant towards the expansion of its services into Brent.

In 2017, Home-Start Barnet was selected to receive a promotional film about its work as part of the JLC Volunteer Films initiative in partnership with Media Trust.

Salusbury WORLD

Salusbury WORLD is a school-based charity in Brent that has been supporting migrant and refugee children, young people and their families to realise their rights and potential since 1998.  It aims to empower them through a combination of educational, social and practical support from its three hubs: Capital City Academy, Queen’s Park Community School and Salusbury Primary School.  John Lyon’s Charity has been supporting the organisation since 2001, having awarded more than £230,000.

The transition to and journey through secondary school is challenging for any young person, even without the additional barrier of having limited or no English spoken at home.  Salusbury WORLD’s educational mentoring programme – currently funded by John Lyon’s Charity – supports young people aged 11 to 19 through this journey.  Its volunteer mentors are provided with the training to support pupils, alongside their parents, through key milestones included the transition from primary to secondary school, GCSEs, Year 10 work experience and the career pathways beyond it.

In 2017, Salusbury WORLD was selected to receive a promotional film about its work as part of the JLC Volunteer Films initiative in partnership with Media Trust.

Shepherds Bush Families Project and Children’s Centre

Since 1988 Shepherds Bush Families Project has supported local families who are in housing need and delivers children’s services to help parents manage their difficult circumstances.

The Charity has awarded Shepherds Bush Families Project over £280,000 in grants since 1998 and is currently supporting its After School Club and holiday provision. These are increasingly popular and vital services which are relied on by over 100 families each year.  After school sessions provide an opportunity for young people to play games, try out different forms of art and complete homework in a safe and friendly space.  Having the space and resources to complete homework is particularly important for children facing housing difficulties and enables parents to engage in their child’s learning and play.

This film shows some of the important services the Project provides and the impact it has on the families who attend.  It was produced as part of the JLC Volunteer Films initiative in partnership with Media Trust.