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.

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





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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 in…

Anna’s & Helen’s Story

12 November 2021

This week we held a social gathering and CPD evening with guest speaker Anna.Elston, one of our Trustees. Anna and Programme Leader, Helen Holgate, spoke of how and why the charity came to be and why it is so important to do the work we do to support families in our community. One guest commented,…

Thank you Co-op!

30 October 2021

We are delighted to have been awarded this year’s Co-op Local Community Fund running from the end of October 2021 for the next year. Please consider making us your chosen charity by going to:

Reverse Advent Calendar

30 October 2021

With Christmas approaching Downton 4 Family, is able to collect Reverse Advent Calendar boxes again this year. It’s quite early so they can get to the local families that need them. Any surplus donations are sent to the Salisbury Foodbank so nothing will be wasted. If you’d like to donate, below is a list of…

Leonora and Mark thank you!

29 October 2021

In September, Leonora and Mark kindly supported the charity by booking Daisy, our vintage Austin for their wedding. Thank you so much as all the proceeds are donated to the charity. Please see our events page for more photos.

Thank you to Claire & Alex

29 October 2021

Thank you both for choosing Charity Cars to provide Daisy, our vintage Austin, along with marvellous Ray to be your chauffeur at your June Wedding. Big thanks to Nicki at Adorlee Weddings for letting us show her photos. All proceeds made from any Charity Car event are donated to Downton 4 Family.