A family for those without

Transforming the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people living in Romania, giving them a sense of family.

FARA New Kings Road


FARA has 41 vibrant charity shops in the heart of 27 London communities.

Our shops are run by an amazing team of people who select good quality items that suit every taste and every pocket thanks to our supporters' generous donations

Who we help

FARA’s services include support activity for vulnerable children and adults with learning disabilities, youth at risk and community-based programmes tackling poverty through education for Romania’s poorest families. Hands-on practical care is provided, fulfilling lives, rebuilding futures, and spreading hope.

  • Young adults at risk
  • Vulnerable children
  • Children with learning disabilities and complex needs
  • Families in poverty
  • Adults with learning disabilities
FARA Social Worker
In 2010 I started working with FARA in Suceava County, Romania as a volunteer delivering services to children and their families who daily deal with conditions hampering survival.
Andreea, FARA Programme Manager, Tackling Poverty Through Education Read my story

Latest updates

Celebrating Thirty Years of Tacking Poverty and Transforming Lives.

In this thirty-minute documentary you will see an outline of the situation as it was in Romania at the time, hear from Jane (our founder) about her motivations and what it was like in the beginning and then be walked through a showcase of our current projects.

FARA Earlsfield

Shopping Sustainably with FARA Charity Shops

FARA Charity Shops gratefully accept all donations and through a careful sorting process the highest quality pieces are selected often including designer, brand new and ‘used once’ items. Our charity shops are full of hidden gems and exciting pieces and all items not of saleable quality are recycled. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do.

Jane Nicholson on BBC Radio

“Faith is at the very heart of all my work, faith is not without action” Jane shared how her Christian faith drove her decision to travel to Romania and influenced her determination to build the projects there to support children and families, giving hope and rebuilding lives. She also discussed FARA Charity’s thirty year legacy […]

2020 Annual Review

Our 2020 Annual Review covers our activity over the last year, the impact of our projects in Romania and our future developments.

Our 30th Anniversary Appeal

We are raising funds for a new centre to support hundreds of children and their families living in abject poverty.


Monthly donation

Supports a family for a month

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