Bright Futures work closely with the Children’s Centre staff to run two young mums groups, one at Jarrow Children’s Centre on Friday mornings 10am to 11.30am and another at Biddick Hall Children’s Centre on Tuesdays at 1.30 to 3pm. 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 young mums groups have continued to thrive over the past months. There are over fifteen young mums actively coming along to the groups. They have enjoyed learning new skills such as cross stitch and yoga, and have developed strong friendships with one another. At the beginning of the year they decided they would like to focus on their own well-being, what makes them feel good and how they can be mindful of their mental health whilst supporting a family. Bright Futures have provided opportunities for a beauty therapist to visit the group, to teach the mums how to take care of their skin and apply make-up. The groups explored what healthy relationships are and how to identify when help might be needed. New mentors have taken their roles seriously, supporting other, newer mums in the group as well as promoting the group via social media. The online page ‘Bright Futures Young Mums Network’ has over 60 ‘likes’ which has helped us spread the word about the group in the region. The project worker has also supported mums with other issues in their lives such as budgeting, housing, employment, education and training. The project worker has been able to signpost to other services when necessary and liaise with other professionals, enabling holistic support for the mum. Often the project worker is the first person a young mum has been able to share her concerns with.
The mums have taken part in some national research with Young Women’ Trust focusing on childcare and universal credit and are currently developing links with the Midwifery Department at a local University to support the development of current and future curriculum.
Please see below a report published by The Young Womens Trust: