Let’s tell you how we started.
4Family, initially Yeovil4Family, was set up as a family support project in response to the fact that some families in our communities are in need of additional support.
Yeovil4Family was initiated in May 2011 by churches in Yeovil who have a heart to see the tide of family breakdown turn in the town, to see children who are loved and cared for prosper and family relationships that are constructive instead of destructive and damaging.
Initially Yeovil4Family provided volunteer Family Mentors to support everyone in the family and show them there is a chance that things can be different both now and for generations to come.
They worked with a wide range of families with complex and challenging needs, regardless of faith, gender, race, disability, marital status, social class, age, or sexual preference
Yeovil4Family realised that other communities might benefit from having a similar sort of programme delivered by local churches in their area. So 4Family was developed as a programme that churches across the country are now able to replicate, either in the same way that Yeovil4Family started, or by delivering programmes in partnership with key agencies, which is the way Yeovil4Family has evolved.
What we do to help you get started.
The 4Family Programme will give you the tools that you’ll need. This will include our processes, knowhow and toolkit together with training you to be able to deliver the programme. We will also train you to train volunteer Family Mentors to provide one-to-one listening support in the home with families where there are children aged 0-18 years, for one hour a week. The aim is 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 help them gain the support they need to make changes, find solutions to their challenges and bring new hope into their lives.
Your Mentors will be supported by Family Link Workers ( part of your team and trained by us) who will communicate with any agencies involved with a family, supporting the mentor and most importantly the family themselves. It is our hope we can empower families so they can regain control over their lives and feel equipped to move forward.
4Family 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. All families come in different shapes and sizes, with different experiences, achievements and struggles.
…Shapes and guides every aspect of our work. Motivated by God’s unconditional love for all people, our desire is to see transformation in ourselves and our community. We do this by living out the following values and behaviours.
Community – We believe that we are part of something bigger than just ourselves; that we are created to live in community and that our community prospers when we meet the needs of the marginalised, poor, sick, and disadvantaged.
Inclusivity – We believe everyone is created with talents, skills, potential, and has significant worth.
Equality – We believe in a God who loves everyone, regardless of religion, sex, race, background, nationality, and creed.
Hope – The central message of Scripture is one of hope. A message that says however difficult your past is, does not need to define your future.
Transformation. – We are committed to not only facilitating change in people’s circumstances, but also in how they view themselves, so they are empowered to make better choices.
If you are a church or Christian organisation who’d like to know more about this exciting work, contact
4Family, Yeovil Community Church,The Gateway, Addlewell Lane, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1QN
Tel: 01935 530050
You can also complete and send us the 4Family Initial Interest Form by clicking here.