The Y launches Mummas and Bubbas – A new project to support vulnerable young women and their babies with group sessions and individual coaching in Leicester.
With a £9857 grant awarded to The Y by Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation using money from the Governments Tampon Tax fund, They Y is launching “Mummas and Bubbas”. The project will provide twice weekly group parenting sessions, training, workshops and individual coaching to support these young women even after they leave our service. The primary aim is to help more vulnerable young women achieve the skills and confidence they need to thrive as a parent and increase the likelihood of mother and baby being able to remain together.
The Y has been working with vulnerable young women for over 15 years in Leicester. Each year, several young women need to leave the service due to pregnancy. Some young women returned to the service after having the baby removed from their care and the number of babies removed from these young women were disproportionately high. Most felt that if they had parenting classes and ongoing support, they would have been able to keep their baby.
Paul Brown, CEO of The Y said:
“The Mummas and Bubbas project will enable The Y to deliver a specialist wrap around support service to young women in our service who are pregnant or have recently become a mother. We’ll be working to reduce the need for intervention and give these young women the tools they need to meet their aspirations for themselves and their child.”
Katy Green, CEO at Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation said:
“This funding supports the groups on the ground that are making a huge difference to the lives of women and girls. We know there is huge demand out there for these services and are proud to help small organisations working in our community to access vital public funding, which otherwise they may miss out on.”