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 work 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 began a partnership with their local council in February 2012. Yeovil4Family were invited to speak at their Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) High Contact Families Steering Group. This group explored ‘Best Practice’ in supporting families and were interested in our model of work. Following this, Yeovil4Family were invited to join the steering group which absorbed the DCLG’s ‘Troubled Families Agenda’.
Yeovil4Family bid in June 2012 and were subsequently awarded the contract to deliver the ‘Troubled Families Programme’ in Yeovil, then across the South Somerset District. This work saw Yeovil4Family play a key part in the council’s response to the national government initiative to positively impact families with complex needs in Britain.
In 2014 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.