Shockingly, the borough of Westminster had the UK's fourth highest rate of children living in poverty....1

At St. Vincent's Family Project we address the issues of parenting, child welfare and social exclusion by providing services for parents and children who are experiencing difficulties and the wider effects of poverty in Westminster. 

We offer services without charge, that are open to everyone and are targeted within their focus: that of building stronger and more resilient families, improving the mental health of children and providing volunteer opportunities for those wanting to serve others in need. 

Our project is essential for many families who live locally. The families who access our services report many different problems. We provide a diverse range of services including drop-in and crèche and offering support with children's behaviour, relationship difficulties, mental health issues, isolation and domestic violence to name a few areas. With a focus on parenting courses, no other establishment in the area provides all these services together.

What we do

At present, there are several aspects to our project. All facilities aim to give priority to those who are most in need. St. Vincent's Family Project offers the following services:

  • Family Space, which is a service for young families and aims to support the whole family
  • Therapies and courses including creative art therapies, 1 to 1 support opportunities, support groups, parenting courses and healthy living courses

This report, Child Poverty London Facts, was written by Child Poverty action group. Households are living in poverty if their household income (adjusted to account for household size,) is less than 60% of the average. All poverty rates are calculated on an after housing costs basis.