Established in 2002, the JFC initially launched to offer activities for families during weekends and school holidays. But we quickly realised there were gaps in communal provision that needed filling. Over the years we have stepped in to fill those gaps, establishing a dedicated Family Support Team and working together with both communal and mainstream organisations to build trust and achieve the best outcomes for the families under our umbrella. We have become known as the ‘go-to’ for families seeking support in navigating complex situations.
“If you want quality help – go to the Jewish Family Centre. They totally understand the needs of this community”
How we provide support
From our beautiful, bespoke centre in the heart of NW11, we provide a culturally appropriate space for families in the Jewish community to access a wide range of services, from family support, therapy, and parenting coaching to breakfast clubs and skilled-based activities. We offer counselling services and advocacy signposting and provide contact and handover supervision for the most vulnerable families in our community.
Our stay-and-play facility is open 4 days per week, year-round, operating on a pay-as-you-go basis, or via a discounted annual Family Membership card. The centre provides families with full access to our warm space, games, toys and activities, and an inviting canteen with hot drinks freely available. Families who are struggling financially can apply to receive a membership card free of charge.
Confidentiality is key, and inclusivity is at our core – everyone who walks through the doors of the JFC is treated with care and respect. Families can access any of the services on offer in a dignified manner, whether they are simply seeking a fun rainy day activity for their toddler, or are dealing with the most difficult and harrowing of situations.
Our goal is to empower families, parents and children by providing them with a safe space, and the skills and support that they need not only to survive, but to thrive.
We punch above our weight. Of the 103 new cases opened in 2022, 65 percent are now managing independently, and 20 percent have been successfully referred to other services.
new cases in 2022
We need support now
Demand for our services is increasing and our caseload is growing and the cost of living crisis has increased the need considerably. We know the impact that we have on the wellbeing of those we support – but for the first time, we now have a waiting list of families.