Expanding Ipswich charity looks to train even more mentors

Local charity, 'Ipswich 4 Family' is experiencing an unprecedented growth spurt and is looking to train a further ten Family Mentors in June or July 2016.  Can you help?

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Photo: Family mentors trained in Januray 2016
I4FfamilymentorHaving recently trained volunteer mentors in January of this year, and another group at Easter, Ipswich 4 Family is already looking for a further ten or more volunteers to train in June or July.

Set-up by local churches in 2014 to assist families the scheme is seeing considerable growth this year. We work with local services and community groups such as Ipswich Early Help Teams, Schools and Churches, and this year there has been a steady increase in the number of families being referred for help.   In order to avoid turning familes being referred away the local charity is looking to recruit more volunteers from churches across Ipswich.  Can you help?
I4FjanbakerJan Baker, Ipswich4Family Coordinator explains the role of Family Mentors: “We work with families with children aged 0-18 years that are referred to us – of any gender, any background or of any faith or none.”

“A Family Mentor will visit the family in their home for one hour a week to befriend, listen, encourage and helping them to help themselves .  Family Mentors are trained and approved to work in this volunteer role.  

“Family Mentors are supported by a Link Worker who will help families decide a plan, set goals to enable them to move forward .In addition we signpost  to other services or activities in the community that may be appropriate.”
One of the twelve Family Mentors trained in January 2016 said having completed the training; ““I now realise what a key role being a family mentor can be “.
I4F dotphotosmallDot Cordle, Chair of Ipswich 4 Family explained their growth strategy; “We are responding to the increasing referrals we are receiving from many agencies, and we are extremely grateful for all those who are volunteering from churches across the town to be trained up as Family Mentors.” 

Dot Cordle continues, “We are expanding as demand increases.  We are doing this carefully in a gradual, measured way to enable us to continue providing excellent, sustained and robust support for families who find themselves in a vulnerable position.  It is all about showing that we really do care.”

Are you interested in being trained to be a volunteer Family Mentor?  Could you give one hour a week? No experience is needed, just an ability to show God's compassion and love. 

Ten hours of training will be given and regular weekly support from one of our Link Workers

For more information please contact:

Contact Jan Baker, Ipswich 4 Family Coordinator on info@i4family.org  or by phone: (Mobile) 07933655507

or fill in the form on their website:  www.i4family.org 


Heart 4 Ipswich, 15/06/2016
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