Every Second Counts is a campaign run by Westminster Befriend a Family (WBAF) to raise funds to provide practical help and
support to
disadvantaged families in Westminster who are unable to cope with the debilitating problems they are going through.

Sonia’s story

Sonia was a lone mother, and a victim of domestic violence, sharing her bed with her two children in a rat-infested studio flat.

Westminster Befriend a Family assigned her a volunteer who provided respite by taking the children out every Saturday. Sonia’s volunteer arranged for someone to get rid of the rats. Sonia was able to recover from her mental & physical exhaustion, and recharge her batteries.

Our trained volunteer helped Sonia to realise that it was unrealistic to care for two children in overcrowded conditions while holding down a low-paid full-time job.

Sonia has now accessed a university course and is working towards a career that will enable her to support her family.
To all the Sonias of Westminster – Every Second Counts…

We help to keep families together by providing housing advice, benefits advice, and breaks for depressed parents; outings, activities, and mentors for children; and support for sick and hospitalised family members.

We have been supporting families since 1989.
Please help WBAF to continue this invaluable service to families in Westminster, by supporting us financially.
So, for our specialist family support services, and the struggling families of Westminster –
Every Second Counts…


With Your Support We Will
Continue to…

  • Help abused children put their broken lives back together
  • Help families to keep their homes, or relocate to suitable  accommodation
  • Help struggling families to maximise their incomes
  • Provide breaks for distraught and depressed parents
  • Provide exciting days out and activities for isolated children living in poverty
  • Mentor children and help them to achieve more
  • Provide support for sick and hospitalised family members

Please Support us by Making
a Text Donation

Every Second Counts…

You can also create your own
fundraising page

Many people choose to hold their own fundraising events in order to support their charity. Find out how you can create your own fundraising page below…


Thank you.


Every Second Counts… 

Novelist, poet and patron Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo

Westminster Befriend a Family
is an amazing charity, staffed predominantly by volunteers, who offer incredible, life changing support to families in need. The new ‘Every Second Counts’ campaign is a tremendous initiative to help struggling, low-income families who would otherwise fall through the net.


Margaret Drabble

These are hard times for families in one of the most expensive and unequal cities in the world, and  ‘Every Second Counts’ is working with imagination to create a better life for some of the most disadvantaged.  I wish it the best of luck with its campaign.


Louise Doughty

Supporting vulnerable children and families isn’t just about the families of today, it’s about the families of tomorrow – there could be no more worthwhile investment in society’s future than getting behind this charity. Support Every Second Counts – now and for years to come.


Mick Jackson

In times of recession it’s more important than ever to care for the most vulnerable people in our communities, so I’m delighted to add my name in support of the ‘Every Second Counts’ campaign.