Because we all have those not so good days


Our History

Downton 4 Family was founded when a few people who were experienced in being part of families as well as fostering, counselling and pastoral care came together and talked about how difficult all this can often be. We developed a mission to support families when they are having a difficult time to reduce the risk of family breakdown or the need to involve formal agencies. Or to put it simply, to help families help themselves.

We work with families where there is a child or young person under 18 living at home. We are based in Downton where our service extends to the surrounding villages including Morgans Vale, Redlynch and Hale.

All families know that sometimes life can be difficult. We might be worried about our relationships, our finances, our health or just trying to be seen to be coping with everything. At these times we can really benefit from talking to someone. Downton 4 Family are here to help and support you at these times. Our family mentors listen to you so together we can work out if, what and how you want to change things. You then make these changes with our help and support which we offer every week for between 6 months and a year.


People often feel concerned about who will know they are seeing Downton 4 Family. We always talk about this with you and will not tell anyone that you are working with us without your prior awareness.


“Thank you so much - I don't know where we would be without the charity.”

How do I talk to Downton 4 Family?

Often people, such as a teacher or health visitor, will suggest a family thinks about meeting with us. No one can make you see us – it has to be something you would like to do. If you would like to know more you can speak to someone you trust such as your child’s teacher, your pastor or you can contact us.

Helen Holgate

Programme Leader

Helen Holgate





31jul10:21 pm10:21 pmCharity Cars available for weddings & proms


30aug7:58 pm7:58 pmCharity Cars booked for a weddingAll funds raised go to Downton 4 Family


01sep7:58 pm7:58 pmCharity Cars booked for a weddingAll funds raised go to Downton 4 Family

13sep1:00 am1:00 amTrustee meeting


01oct1:00 am1:00 amOur online gift shop - back in action


It’s Prom time!

29 June 2022

Charity Cars have been busy again with the prom…we are delighted that these important steps in a young person’s life are back! Thanks for supporting Downton 4 Family.

Abbey & Matt’s Wedding

07 January 2022

Abbey and Matt kindly used Charity Cars for their wedding – huge thank you as all funds raised go to the charity. Congratulations on your big day!!!!

Lucky raffle winner turns win into amazing gifts for families

05 January 2022

Huge thank you to Sarah the proprietor of Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe as well as Harry & Lilly A prize winner went to claim her goodies from Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe and told the proprietor, Sarah, all about Downton 4 Family. Sarah then delighted the charity when she arranged for lots of toys…

The Kindness Offensive with Stable & Wick

19 December 2021

On Saturday 18th December Stable & Wick organised an event with The Kindness Offensive to bring some happiness to local families via Downton 4 Family and other local charities. A major toy company kindly donated games which will be distributed to families. Please see the coverage from the regional BBC.

Goody Bags

17 December 2021

Helen delivered 30 goody bags to help support local families. Thank you all for your contributions to help put these bags together.

Downton 4 Family Newsletter

15 November 2021

Dear Friends and Supporters of Downton 4 Family (D4F), We continue to support families and focus on empowering them to find their way to a better place.  Here is a mini update: ACTIVITIES We are thrilled to have some newly trained Family Mentors  Co-op and Salisbury Foodbank – we continue to collect donations from the collection point in the Co-op. Anyone…