About Us

Empowering Families is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. It was renamed in August 2010 having evolved from the charity previously known as HomeStart Brent, which was founded in January 1996.

Our philosophy

We work holistically with the family. The needs of each family member impacts on the health and well being of the whole family. Children are part of their family unit and are best understood in that context. The child’s health in mind, body and spirit is dependant on the family unit being healthy in those aspects as well.

We help parents address those needs, so that they can make changes and improvements in their lives.

Our Family Support Volunteers offer guidance, support and practical help tailored to each family’s requirements. They make weekly visit to the family’s home,  working alongside families to provide a safe, happy, and nurturing environment.

Families have behaviours and ways of operating  that are passed on from generation to generation. To safeguard children we will help families to make peace with their past. One person can make a difference, even if only one family member implements change, the process can begin.

We work with the whole family. Every family member is important.  Problems arise when we lose sight of this. Our role is to help families restore balance.

What makes us unique

Personal interaction with families    Our Family Support Volunteers help each family identify specific needs and work with them to implement and achieve the small steps towards addressing those needs.

Consistency, Continuity, Stability  Empowering Families seeks to engender these qualities for families and within families who live in our fast paced society.


Our vision is to create a safe, responsible and vibrant community in the Borough of Brent through good parenting and happy families.

  • Increase parenting skills, leading to fewer referrals to social services and to reduce the need for the sense of family found in gang cultures.
  • Increase life skills, leading to better health and nutrition, more hygienic environments, better managed household budgets and therefore less reliance on state benefits and agencies.
  • To promote social inclusion by reducing isolation and loneliness, so that  parents can participate fully in their community,
  • Increase the access and safety for isolated children so reducing the need for health and social service intervention.
  • Increase the access to support for domestic violence, so that women, men, and children are referred to appropriate agencies.
  • Reduce the mental health burden on the NHS.