Young Mums Together
Young Mums Together is a three-year programme funded by the Big Lottery to develop 15 sustainable hubs of peer and professional support for young mothers (under 25 years) in three London boroughs.
Peer support groups for young parents and their children are designed to enhance young mothers’ life chances and promote maternal mental health and wellbeing.
Young mothers often face significant challenges which can affect mental health, relationships, employment and social engagement. This programme seeks to mediate many of these difficulties. We work in partnership with local Children’s Centres and other community groups to develop the peer support groups and to enhance social opportunities and networks between parents and across services.
What does the programme consist of?
Weekly drop-in sessions focus on a range of topics of interest to young mothers, involving guest speakers who can offer specialist information or advice and provide a signposting route for further support.
A relaxed atmosphere, with music playing and lunch laid out is a key aspect of the group, as are the wide range of craft activities, cooking, outings and taster classes provided within the programme.
Feedback from young mothers has indicated their increased confidence and knowledge, feeling connected to a supportive social network and improved mood as a result of attending weekly sessions.
"I don’t know what I would be doing if I hadn’t started going to the young mums group and found out about this training… Now, I realise that I have a lot of life experience from being a mum and I can use this to help others." 23-year-old mum in Haringey
Read the project report which aims to assess the feasibility and acceptability of the project. The report says that positive effects on participants were identified, which may have been caused by the programme’s focus on peer support.
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