Yeovil4Family (working with families across South Somerset)
Mentors are trained volunteers who can work with the family or individual by listening to them in a non-judgemental way and helping them gain the support they need to make changes, find solutions to their challenges and bring new hope into their lives.
A Mentor, once trained and appointed, will commit to spending a minimum of 1 hour per week with a family/individual for a minimum of 6 months and will commit to remain with the programme for a minimum of 12 months. The visit will take place either in the home or at an agreed meeting place. Families/individuals will have been introduced to Yeovil4Family and met with a Link Worker. Link Workers are the link between the family/individual, the Mentor and the agencies involved. A risk assessment will be completed to ensure that Mentors are safe and that they are matched appropriately.
It is our hope that we can help be the families’/individuals’ voice amongst the agencies, so that they can regain control over their own lives and feel empowered and equipped to move forward.
During the summer of 2020, Yeovil4Family secured significant additional funding and is, as a result, looking to expand it's reach from Yeovil to across South Somerset, with a view to greatly increasing the number of families it is working with.
Our Link Workers provide family support for activities such as benefits, parenting, housing advise to name a few. We also have Volunteer Family Mentors who provide one-to-one listening support in the home for one hour a week. We are here to ‘help families to help themselves’. To do this Mentors are trained to work with the family by listening to them in a non-judgemental way and helping them gain the support they need to make changes, find solutions to their challenges and bring new hope into their lives.
Yeovil4Family work with all types of clients regardless of faith, gender, race, disability, marital status, social class, age or sexual preference. All people come in different shapes and sizes, with different experiences, achievements and struggles.