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



and upcoming events

Thank you Isla!

A massive thank you to Isla, a student at #thetrafalgarschoolatdownton who has been working with Downton 4 Family, ...
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Chocolates & our online shop

Covid 19 has made it tricky to raise funds so we are embarking on a new initiative and ...
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Anna’s Story

One of our Trustees, Anna.Elston, shares her inspiring story with Action on Addiction for #AlcoholAwarenessWeek - well done ...
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16mar1:00 am1:00 amTrustee meeting

20mar1:00 am1:00 am'Monty', Charity Cars' Rolls Royce is booked for a wedding in Eling (Totton) to raise donations for us - thank you!


17apr1:00 am1:00 am'Daisy', Charity Cars' vintage Austin is booked for a wedding in Orcheston to raise donations for us - thank you!


28may1:00 am1:00 am'Daisy', Charity Cars' vintage Austin is booked for a wedding to raise donations for us - thank you!