The main aim of YMSN is to support low-income families, in particular lone parents, and to help them cope with the pressure of trying to live on a tight budget.
Fiona's connection ranges from NHS England, Barclays Capital, Natwest Bank, and Housing Associations such as L&Q, Optivo and Metropolitan (who are part of the G15 – a consortium that has recently used YMSN’s work as a case study). Under Fiona's direction, YMSN gives hands-on advice to families and runs numerous courses to help mums become more independent, confident and proud of themselves. Fiona is passionate about equipping mothers by providing work experience opportunities with corporate employers that many low-income mothers cannot usually access. YMSN partners with both local authorities and private entities to give mums the best possible range of opportunities.
Granted a ‘Mother of Magnificence’ award in 2018, Fiona has gone through single motherhood and understands first-hand the stigma and isolation which come with society's stereotypes. She is determined to portray a true reflection of why mums who claim state benefits struggle to find suitable employment, acting as a voice for the voiceless and bringing a new, fresh approach to mobilising communities, inspiring women and creating opportunities for those who are most in need.
From 2015-2017, Tom was Chair of the Business Development Board of School of Hard Knocks a charity helping the unemployed back into work and working with pupils in danger of exclusion from school, building their self-confidence and aspirations through sport. In 2017, Tom joined YMSN.
Not long after having her son, Georgia found herself having to move out of the family home and into temporary housing as a single mother, because at the same time, she split from her four-year relationship with her son’s father. The separation between them was mutual, which allowed co-parenting to thrive and gave Georgia the free time to contemplate and reflect on her life.
Due to not being able to work and afford childcare at the same time, Georgia had to figure out a way to provide for her family while being at home. That’s when she came across the foreign exchange market and started to learn all she could, and at the same time found out she had a passion for analysing data.
Although progress was slow, as motherhood took up most of her time, she had faith in herself and a mentor who kept her going.
Georgia was in temporary housing for two years, which is where she met Fiona Small, the founder of Young Mums Support Network. She introduced herself to Fiona and explained what she had been learning for the past year; Fiona saw that Georgia had a driven spirit and maintained contact with her. Georgia then voluntarily assisted Fiona with YMSN as and where she could, motivated by a strong passion for every young mother to feel her best.
Georgia is now stable, living in permanent housing and working part-time, while also still studying many different subjects to continue bettering herself. In January 2018, Georgia joined YMSN as a board member, and is looking forward to being more involved in the business’s growth into the future.
Company Secretary & Board Member
Alice is looking forward to supporting YMSN’s development and furthering the outstanding work that they do training and providing essential programmes for young women and their families.
In her spare time Alice spends time with her three boys and attempts to finish her first novel.
During this journey, Laverne has learned a lot about herself, her vision and discovering her purpose in life. She also began her mindfulness journey, studying mindfulness and meditation techniques and hopes to continue to learn more about the practise and becoming a mindfulness advocate. Now believed to be on the right path, Laverne is working on an online business and working towards her own vision which involves being an inspiration and positive influence for other single mothers.
She uses her own experiences as a woman, mother and professional and the challenges and obstacles she has overcome to inspire other women. She is an inspiring leader using motivational skills to develop and bring out the best in others.
She has worked within the Criminal Justice System for 17 years. Her roles have been varied and extensive, working within various capacities including Courts, Youth Offending Teams, Prisons and Probation Service. Her skill set is vast and diverse as she has worked with young people, their families and adults in various capacities providing intervention that is holistic, therapeutic and delivers outcomes to improve lives, builds safer communities and breaks the cycle of re-offending. Challenging, developing and equipping individuals with the skills to make life-changing decisions and implement change in their lives.
She is looking forward to contributing her skills and expertise as a Consultant for YSMN and to positively impact the lives of young women who access their services.
Her knowledge and expertise in working with women, particularly those within the Criminal Justice System, coupled with her passion and gifting in interacting with such a vulnerable and often misunderstood group of society, is invaluable.