West London Action for Children (WLAC): Emma Flanagan – ‘We work with parents to help them provide a stable family to face head on the challenges of the modern world’

West London Action for Children (WLAC): Emma Flanagan – ‘We work with parents to help them provide a stable family to face head on the challenges of the modern world’

Christmas is a time for families to come together and cherish one another. Spare a thought for those children and their parents who struggle, often due to circumstances beyond their control. Here we take a look at a local charity offering valued practical support and advice for those less fortunate than ourselves.

In 1917, the great and good of West London met to draw up a plan to tackle head on the effect poverty and deprivation was having on the lives of children.

Those religious leaders and social workers pledged to help some of the most vulnerable youngsters thought to be in ‘moral danger’ in the capital. The organisations they set up went on to protect children who were victims of abuse, violence or bullying and even offered guidance to those lacking suitable parental supervision.

Today, one of those groups, now called West London Action for Children (WLAC), remains committed to those very same aims. And, despite nearly 100 years having passed since the founding fathers’ meeting, children and their families from deprived areas often face similar problems today.

‘Today, we work with parents to help them provide a stable family to face head on the challenges of the modern world,’ says Emma Flanagan, a psychotherapist at WLAC.
‘Our parents’ groups have proven a remarkably good way to empower them so they can develop their parenting skills and understand their children’s needs.’

The small independent charity which serves Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea also helps children and parents tackle divorce, bereavement, bullying and mental health issues.
While the issues they encounter remain the same, the methods used to help have shifted with the times. The WLAC’s team are trained in psychology, family therapy, and modern day social work techniques.
Working mainly from offices in Gertrude Street, Chelsea, the teams offer a series of sessions for young people aged under 19 years of age.

‘We provide free, independent and confidential services to children and their families receiving state benefits,’ Mrs Flanagan continues.
‘We help them use their own skills and resources to address problems they face as a family.’

In the first half of the 20th Century, children were often removed from their families and placed in homes, special schools or with foster families in the countryside.

Nowadays, more emphasis is placed on keeping children with their families wherever possible.

‘Despite the enormous material improvements in our society and the increase in the general standard of living, children still find themselves in similar personal crisis and distress to their predecessors and the need for organisations such as West London Action for Children is therefore still as great as ever.’

As a registered charity, their invaluable work is funded by the generosity of its supporters.
But, as ever, it is the work of volunteers, from youngsters to pensioners, who help keep the charity ticking over.

‘We are a small charity, and that generally means that volunteers will get involved at some point with everything!’ she adds. That can range from office work, filing reporter, answering the telephone, handling donations, or running events.

You are invited to join WLAC for their 10th Postcards Anon Exhibition Sale at Christie’s on November 10 to 14.



Alexandra Conil Lactoste


Click to see more artwork on the West London Action for Children website

Postcards Anon is a collection of more than 1,000 original postcard-sized pieces of art, all available for a suggested donation of £25 each. There is a Private View on 10 November. Visit the WLAC website for further information.

Christie’s Auction House
85 Old Brompton Road

West London Action for Children
15 Gertrude Street
London SW10 0JN

West London Action for Children
West London Action for Children is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales

Registered office: 15 Gertrude Street, London, SW10 0JN
Registered charity number 1135648
Registered company number 07181950

About Editor

Online editor at Keep Things Local


The company publishes four flagship magazines (Chelsea Locals, Chiswick Locals, Richmond Locals and Hammersmith Locals) with more launches planned in London and across the UK. The prime focus of each of these quarterly magazines is to showcase and support the independent traders and small businesses who do so much to give these areas their individual retail character and community spirit. This is achieved through dedicated advertorials which are written, designed and photographed by an experienced team lead by Neil McKelvie.

In every issue, these advertorials are complemented by feature articles which turn the spotlight on different aspects of neighbourhood life and interviews with notable local figures.In addition to appearing in the magazines, every advertorial is also published in the Keep Things Local newsletters, on the website and on social media. Get in touch to be featured in our Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring issues.

Meet the Locals


Richmond Local Winter 2018


Richmond Locals Spring 2018


Fulham Locals Autumn/Winter 2018


Fulham Locals Summer 2018

fulham locals summer 2019
Fulham Locals Summer 2019
Chelsea Locals Spring 2018

Chelsea Locals Spring 2018

Chelsea-Locals-Autumn Winter 2018

Chelsea Locals/Autumn Winter 2018

chelsea locals summer 2019
Chelsea Locals Summer 2019
Hammersmith Locals Spring 2019

Hammersmith Locals Spring 2019


Hammersmith Locals Autumn 2018


Hammersmith Locals Spring 2018


Hammersmith Locals Winter 2018

hammersmith locals summer 2019
Hammersmith Locals Summer 2019
Chiswick Locals Spring 2019

Chiswick Locals Spring 2019


Chiswick Locals Autumn 2018


Chiswick Locals Spring 2018


Chiswick Locals Summer 2018


Chiswick Locals Winter 2017

chiswick locals summer 2018
Chiswick Locals Summer 2019