The Hartcliffe and Withywood Teenage Parents Project provides practical, emotional and mentoring support to teenage parents and their children in the BS13 area (that's Bristol for those not frum rownd yur). They provide open access sessions across the estate and deliver an in-house training programme all with creche provision. They aim to promote inclusion, participation, achievement, equal opportunities and self esteem.
The organisation allows young parents and their children to access a service which is specifically set up for them. Most families stay within the organisation for a number of years raising their confidence and self esteem. Drop in sessions are provided from four venues in and around the estate maximising accessibility. All young families gain empowerment through having their voices heard allowing them to access other community services to benefit their individual needs.
The project has been able to raise parent's ambitions leading to them gaining NVQ's, attending universities and even opening their own business within the community. Children gain social, educational and development skills within our crèche supporting their continuous success through out school years. In 2010 the project helped more than 70 families gain a sense of belonging within the community and supported them to find their path for the future.
A number of parents have gained a NVQ Level 2 qualification at the project meaning the next stage of qualification for them is a Level 3 Diploma. The project and its members have been presented with the opportunity to undertake this qualification at the project where accessing the crèche for their children will be available. The project hopes to offer a progression route that will allow these families to break free from the benefits system and find financial independence; this in turns sets a good example of work ethics and education to their children, the community and the next generation.
Also during the Summer we offer a Summer Programme, to Puxton Park, Avon Valley County Park where families - mums and dads and children - can share quality time together in a relaxed environment.
Through Consultation the project are hoping to secure additional funding to allow this work to continue to develop further and ensure that Dads have allocated sessions if they require.
In light of comments on this blog post they are also planning to ensure that they have a web page dedicated to the work they carry out with Dads.