Bright Futures run two young mums groups in Tyne and Wear, one at Jarrow Children’s Centre on Friday mornings 10am to 11.30am and another at All Saints Children’s Centre in South Shields on Tuesdays at 1 to 2.45pm. All young mums and mums to be under the age of 25 years are welcome to come along to the group. The group focus is created by the mums who identify what they would like to do in order to increase their health, well-being and opportunities available to themselves and their children.
Bright Futures are now able to offer more specific, dedicated support to young mums. The support available can either be 1:1 or in a group setting depending on the individual needs of the young woman. The service is available until the young mum is ready to take the next steps in her life. It will give young mums the support needed to parent whilst navigating complex lifestyle and relationship issues. The over arching aim is that all mums feel empowered to thrive as a parent and person. The service is available to young/expectant mums up to the age of 25 years old from potentially deprived areas who may lack confidence to reach out and access support networks.
Parent to be support –
- parentcraft, birth preparation
- Enhance parenting skills – safe sleep guidelines, infant feeding support, positive behaviour messages
- Perinatal mental health awareness
- Healthy relationships education
- Reducing isolation
- Raising aspirations, learn coping strategies and mechanisms, encourage self development
- Support to access education, training or employment
- Healthy lifestyle support
- Support (hand holding) to access services in the wider community
- Sexual or criminal exploitation education
- Personal and Social Development
- Household management support
Short term goals:
Access to new ways of thinking (lifestyle, relationships and parenting)
Access to fundamental life skills (e.g. parenting, cooking, sewing etc)
Reduced isolation through local community connections.
Feel part of a community with those who have shared understanding.
Improved trust and increased use of statutory services.
Improved self -confidence as a person and as a parent.
Long term goals:
Improved parent child relationship and increased home stability.
Improved decision making in lifestyle and relationships.
Improved physical and mental well-being.
Increased independence through readiness to work.
The groups are informal, delivered in the community and children are welcome to attend. All sessions are non-judgemental and empowering, all attendees have shared and or relatable experiences.
Have a look at what we get up to in our groups on our Facebook page:
Bright Futures Young Mums Network