In 2021 a couple of north west London secondary school friends were looking for a way to make an impact on their community. As they were busy organising their project, the conflict in Ukraine unfolded.
Recognising the gravity of the crisis, the teens quickly appealed to their families, schools and peers to help address this crisis which would ultimately bring more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees to the United Kingdom.
The boys' commitment to helping their community ultimately inspired us to create Families4Peace.
In early May 2022 the Families4Peace community centre opened its doors at The Cavendish School to hundreds of newly arriving Ukrainian families.
The boys help run the children and teen programs each Saturday including sports games and a Homework Hub
Our community coffees are a place for host and guest families to connect, commune and build lifelong friendships.
Families4Peace is a grassroots organisation that began with a desire to create a community project that addressed the inequity in London. Families4Peace was created by families wishing to welcome, support and advocate for the vulnerable members of our community who have been adversely affected by poverty, natural and man-made disasters.
Our initial project is a regular community centre in Camden, Northwest London where we welcome recently displaced individuals and families from Ukraine. Our centre serves as a meeting hub where families can receive information and advice to help them re-start their lives and ultimately empower them to re-gain their independence.
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Meet Jenny who has lived, worked and volunteered in London for 25 years. Formerly a marketing executive in the publishing world, she has dedicated much of her time to work with non profit organisations.
Jenny has served as a board member with local charities to help alleviate poverty, promote social justice and create a more inclusive community. She lives in Hampstead with her husband, three children and their much loved labradoodle.
Meet Sarah, a mum of two, with a 20 year career in banking & finance behind her. Having grown up and worked between the Middle East, UK & Europe throughout her life, Sarah has a lifelong dedication to charity work and activism, campaigning for equality and justice for all. Over the years Sarah’s voluntary work has included Cancer Research, Macmillan’s, Save the Children, Choose Love, working in refugee camps in both Lebanon and Greece and supporting refugees settle in the UK. Since 2015 Sarah has worked to raised substantial donations to support Syrian refugees. Sarah’s personal fundraising initiative ‘Family to Family Beirut’ raised over £100,000 for emergency relief in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion. She continues to bring families together today to welcome and ease the integration of newcomers to the UK.
Meet Vinnie, one of the trustees. She is a mum of two and has lived in NW London for over 30 years. Vinnie is a healthcare professional, bringing to the charity her organisational and people skills.
Eleanor Robson is a Banking Professional and Entrepreneur. She currently works as a career advocate with QED Education assisting overseas students in their pursuit to attend school and University in the UK.
Previously Eleanor was a Director at Credit Suisse Investment Bank for 16 years advising Hedge Fund clients on FX Derivative solutions. She served on the Vice President Promotion Committee fostering talent. Eleanor was a senior mentor on the Fast Track Mentoring Program. Prior to that, she was an Associate Director at Investment Bank UBS for 5 years managing Scandinavian clients and Emerging Market Sovereign Wealth clients.
As a finance professional Eleanor brings that experience to the role of treasurer for Families 4 Peace. Primarily she works to uphold and maintain effective governance of the charity. She ensures we budget wisely and secures the correct processes and procedures in order to support the book keeper in maintaining accurate financial records. Eleanor reports to her fellow trustees and corroborates with the team to establish full visibility as Families 4 Peace meets its financial commitments.