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Yeovil4Family (360G-SomersetCF-A410483)

Support for families in crisis


19 Jul 2016

Grant details
Amount Applied For 3000
Amount Awarded 3000
Award Date 2016-07-19T00:00:00+00:00
Beneficiary Location: Country Code GB
Beneficiary Location: Geographic Code E01029234
Beneficiary Location: Geographic Code Type LSOA
Beneficiary Location: Name South Somerset 015B
Grant Programme: Code June 2016
Grant Programme: Title Grants to Groups
Impact Category Promote reduction of isolation and disadvantage and access to local services
Last Modified 2017-10-19T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Duration (months) 11
Planned Dates: End Date 2017-03-31T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2016-04-01T00:00:00+00:00
Primary age group All Ages
Primary beneficiary Families/Parents/Lone parents
Primary ethnicity All Ethnicities
Primary issue Supporting family life
Recipient Org: Charity Number 1039903
Recipient Org: Description Yeovil Community Church works within Yeovil and its surrounding area, advancing religious education for all and carrying out charitable activities for the benefit of local inhabitants. We achieve this through a range of activities and services run within our own building, the GateWay and through working with local partners and in the community. We have a longstanding presence in the local community and are widely recognised as a significant contributor to the town and surrounding areas. We run and support a wide range of community-focused programmes that are well established. These include Street Pastors, The Lords Larder (food bank programme running 30 years), a parent and toddler group (running 27 years), a coffee shop, debt advice, elderly visiting scheme, a job club, a youth training programme supporting 8-12 full-time youth workers (gap year or degree based) and the Yeovil4Family (Y4F) project. We believe that we are part of something bigger than just ourselves; that we are created to live in a community and that our community prospers when we meet the needs of the marginalised, poor, sick and disadvantaged. Therefore, we are committed to being deeply inclusive, helping people realise their potential and make the most of their skills and talents as part of the community. Yeovil4Family was initially a family support project set up in response to the fact that some families in our community are in need of additional support. Yeovil4Family was set up 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 delivered the ‘Family Focus’ (Somerset’s name for the troubled families programme) support programme by providing Family Link Workers and Volunteer Family Mentors, (if appropriate) to work alongside isolated families in South Somerset and has worked with approximately 143 families up to end April 2016. This work has seen Yeovil4Family play a key part in the local council’s response to the national government initiative to positively impact families with complex needs in Britain (the DCLG Troubled Families Agenda). Yeovil4Family work with all types of families where there are children and young people, cared for by one or two adults regardless of faith, gender, race, disability, marital status, social class, age or sexual preference. Our Family Link Workers are the first official contact with a family by Yeovil4Family. We will assess what we and the family believe the needs of the family are, taking account of what the agencies that have been working with the family thus far, believe the needs of the family are. We will work with the family to create a plan detailing both the families and the Programme’s responsibilities and requirements, including achievable timescales and review dates. We will also liaise with the relevant agencies as required. The Link Worker will support the family for the duration and will monitor and evaluate the success of the journey throughout. We support the family by setting goals with the family for them to work towards, helping them find solutions to any barriers to progress, and matching them with a suitable Family Mentor, if appropriate. Our volunteer Family Mentors provide one-to-one listening support in the home with families where there are children aged 0-18 years, 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 and bring new hope into their lives. It is our hope that we can help be the families’ voice amongst the agencies, so they can regain control over their own lives and feel empowered and equipped to move forward. We are here to ‘help families to help themselves’
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