In June 2016 Yeovil4Family, with the support of South Somerset District Council (SSDC) expanded their work to also include supporting vulnerable individuals in South Somerset.
Yeovil4Family are now able to consider referrals from across the South Somerset district where an agency or professional feel that our support may benefit an individual who has an expressed need for housing related support. Referred clients may have needs including sofa surfing, self-neglect, mental health, drug and alcohol issues.
Individuals are able to receive support and guidance from a trained Link Worker to help them address their needs, whatever they may be. The support is solution focused and relationship driven. The Link Worker will help the individual access services and provide them with a Volunteer Mentor if appropriate. Yeovil4Family can support individuals for 9-12 months, but it is agreed on an individual basis.
We are having increasing numbers of individuals and families being referred to us and therefore really need to widen our pool of Mentors to help support them.
As our Family Mentors & Link Workers walk the journey with various families they are finding that they have a key role in helping to show families there is a chance that things can be different, not just for now but also for generations to come. One Mentor recently said that “To be able to support a family that was very fragmented but who now see themselves as a ‘family’ has been an amazing privilege.”
Our next Volunteer Mentor training course is coming up in November and so if you have a heart to help others in need of support and could spare a couple of hours a week then Yeovil4Family needs you!
What does a volunteer Mentor do?
They offer one-to-one support for a family or individual either in the home or at an agreed meeting place. They are a positive role model and help the family or individual to help themselves by supporting them to achieve small steps that help them lead to long term change.
How much time does volunteering take each week?
Being a volunteer Mentor takes approximately 2 hours each week; 1 hour with the family or individual you have been matched with and an hour with your Link Worker. You must be able to commit to being part of the programme for a minimum of 6 months.
What sort of person do I need to be a volunteer?
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.
What sort of training do I have to do?
All our Mentors complete a 12 hour training course. These can be daytime or evening and are group based, interactive sessions. There will be a streamed session as part of the 12 hours specifically related to the type of mentoring that you may wish to be involved in, either Family, Single Person or Young Person.
How will I be supported?
You will be supported and supervised by a Link Worker who is a member of our team responsible for the family or individual you have been matched with. They are there to assist and safeguard you and to ensure you have all you need to fulfil your role.
Upcoming Training Course
10, 17th and 24th November 9.30am – 2.30pm at the Gateway, Addlewell Lane. Please get in touch and we will send you an application pack with further details.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01935 530050