LJFC offers pre-school developmental activities, Sunday and Holiday Fundays, summer camps and after-school activities. More than 400 children come through the doors every week.
“I married and moved here from Israel. It was fine while I was working, but when Ari was born, I felt so isolated. My mum couldn’t come and I really needed some guidance. My Health Visitor recommended the Family Centre and I never looked back! On some days the primary language that can be heard is French or Ivrit!” says Ayelet, 25.
Working closely with other organisations, the Centre helps children, young people and their families when times are not so sweet. The dedicated Family Support Team provides therapy, counselling, advocacy and legal guidance for families in crisis. “When I was reported to Social Services, I was mortified,” says Chani, 29, from Finchley. “LJFC helped me sort things out with no fanfare or fuss.”
The Single Mums’ Group has given many women a place to turn to when faced with the breakdown of their marriage, or a bereavement. “The Centre was my virtual hug when no-one else cared,” says Linda, 37, from Hendon. ‘When I was going through an acrimonious divorce, it gave me a safe place to vent, but more importantly a group within which to grow.’