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. Y4F 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.
Y4F is hosted by Yeovil Community Church, who 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, (if appropriate) to work alongside isolated families in South Somerset and has worked with approximately 143 families up to end of April 2015. This work has seen Y4F 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).
From 2015 we became independently funding and have extended our remit to work with people without children. In the last year we have also included a homeless outreach worker to engage with rough sleepers and people who are socially isolated.
Since the start of the programme we have supported more than a thousand clients in the SSDC community.