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Volunteer Family Mentors

Yeovil4Family

Name: Volunteer Family Mentors
Organisation: Yeovil4Family
Location: Yeovil Community Church,, The Gateway, Addlewell Lane, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1QN
Type: Part Time
You must be able to commit to being part of the programme for a minimum of 6 months.

Description

Yeovil4Family is a family support programme set up in response to the fact that some families in our community are in need of additional support. Yeovil4Family was set up by churches in Yeovil who have a heart to see the tide of family breakdown turn in our town, to see children who are loved and cared for prosper and family relationships that are constructive instead of destructive and damaging. We work across the South Somerset District Council area.

Our Link Workers provide family support for activities such as benefits, parenting, housing advise to name a few. We also have Volunteer Family Mentors 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.

Please use the link for more information https://yeovilcommunitychurch.co.uk/yeovil-4-family/

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Organisation Description

Yeovil4Family has been supporting families with complex needs by providing one to one support in the family home since 2011, and in 2012 were awarded the contract to work alongside South Somerset Together, which is a partnership between the local council and key agencies to improve the quality of life in South Somerset. Our role was to deliver the ‘Family Focus’ support programme by providing Family Link Workers and Volunteer Family Mentors, to work alongside isolated families in South Somerset and worked with approximately 143 families up to end of April 2015. The contract has been successful and we are now in a position where we can consider direct referrals across the district where an agency feels our support may benefit a family.

Our volunteer Mentors provide one-to-one listening support for one hour a week. We are here to ‘help people to help themselves’. To do this Mentors are trained to work with
people by listening to them in a non-judgmental way and helping them gain the support they need to make changes, find solutions to their challenges and bring new hope into their lives.
Our Mentors are supported by a team of Link Workers who are responsible for coordinating services between all the agencies involved, the mentor and most importantly the family or individual themselves. It is our hope we can help be their voice amongst the agencies so they can regain control over their own lives and feel empowered and equipped to move forward.
Yeovil4Family work with all types of families and individuals regardless of faith, gender, race, disability, marital status, social class, age or sexual preference. All families come in different shapes and sizes, with different experiences, achievements and struggles. All people are unique.


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Cause / Interests

  • Families
  • Social Care
  • Young People

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Care work
  • Mentoring

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

Mentors need to be good listeners, who can encourage and be non-judgmental. They can come from any walk of life and be any age or gender. Mentors need to be able to have an understanding and empathy towards the different stresses and issues that can affect the people that we work with.


Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Paid
Restrictions: Age/Gender Restrictions: None
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Provided
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, References