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Women and Girls: WILD Young Parents Project

9 June 2016

In our final Women and Girls blog, we hear from Jo Davies, manager of WILD Young Parents Group, a Cornwall-based specialist service for young mums under 23 whose children are at risk or going through safeguarding interventions and/or care proceedings. 

Open-Door-Family-Centre-4WILD aims to provide early intervention to help women develop their parenting skills, and in time be strong enough to help other women in similar situations. Last month they received just under £300,000 from our Women and Girls initiative to provide access to psychological help, support accessing housing and money, parenting skills, health advice and also help to develop their skills and ambition. As the quotes below show, for many women it is truly a life-changing service.

“At WILD Young Parents project, we aim to provide young mums and their children with opportunities to develop skills, improve self-esteem, make positive healthy choices, protect themselves, participate in their communities and achieve their potential. WILD has worked with young parents and their children, who face severe and multiple disadvantage, since 1992.

We will now be able to help young mums and their children who are experiencing safeguarding or care interventions with regard to their children. Research shows that many young mums experience complex barriers to parenting their children, including poverty, domestic abuse, mental ill-health, and childhood trauma. Some of them struggle to create a healthy, safe home, and need support to do this.

Two full-time workers will help young mums make positive changes to their lives including support with healthy living, parenting, mental health, confidence and relationships. There will also be opportunities for young mums to get involved in creative projects and have their voices heard.

We want to improve the lives of young mums, and for them to gain strength from each other as young women. The grant from Big Lottery Fund is great news for some of Cornwall’s youngest and most vulnerable families. Young mums will be at the heart of this new service, and we will also be working closely with Cornwall Council services to ensure our WILD families get all the help they can to make a positive future for themselves and their children.”

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If you’d like to find out more about WILD, you can visit their website

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