Mum On A Mission

Fiona Small set up Young Mums Support Network in 2011. Empowering young women to make informed decisions about their lifestyle and relationships are the key building blocks that Fiona believes women need to lead a better life.

Fiona’s own life is one of tenacity and resilience and an inspiring testimony of what can be achieved despite rejection and adversity. Fiona’s teenage years were bleak and unsettling after leaving home at aged 17, Fiona was faced with bipolar disorder as a young adult. She spent time in hospital after having a breakdown and suffering from depression. However, it was through mentor-ship, her faith, her determination, her mindful and her decision to focus on self that saw her resolve rewarded.

Fiona’s early career was in the city where she worked for an investment bank for a number of years. However, it was during the banking crisis that Fiona realised her talents were not suited to the corporate culture, but to that of helping others. Her “light bulb” moment was during the August riots of 2011, where Fiona saw burning buildings and devastation on her doorstep and felt compelled into action.

Recognising the root of the problem was ultimately down to education and breaking cycles, Fiona set up Young Mums Support Network in Southwark in 2011. She has formed partnerships with organisations including the NHS, The Harris Academy, Department of Work and Pensions, and the local authority Housing Association to deliver programmes that educate and inspire.

As a mother herself and having experienced being a single parent

Fiona is more passionate than ever to see transformation in communities where having nothing, means just that. Through giving back and providing a range of dynamic and practical services she was invited to 10 Downing Street to speak with the Prime Minister’s aides at a round table discussion about the challenges single parents face and ways to overcome them. She has also appeared on the BBC Apprentice Final in 2014 and sits on South London Neighbour Commitment for L&Q Housing Association.

Fiona actively speaks out on issues of child abuse, sexual exploitation and endeavours to encourage women to believe in better. She also writes a monthly column inside the award winning Vision Community Newspaper and Jamaica

Recognition

  • Winner of two awards . The UK Community Award Winner 2014 “Young Leader of the Year” and the Lambeth Mayor’s”Selfless Service to the Community” award in February 2015. She is currently a finalist for this years Back 2 Black Awards.
  • Featured on the BBC twice last year and introduced to several MPs.
  • Invited to Number 10 Downing Street on the 30th January 2014 to take part in a round table with the Prime Minister’s aides about the challenges that face young mums and how these can be overcome.
  • Featured in the Guardian Online, Voice Newspaper and on the front page L&Q’s  HomeLife Magazine. She also appeared in Woman’s Own Magazine in My 2015 with a full page article titled ‘Mum on a Mission’.
  • Invited to Birmingham to speak at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health annual conference.

Fiona firmly believes
that it is only through breaking cycles

that change will happen for the next generation. Attitudes, mindsets and culture are just some of the areas where Fiona will channel her efforts in a way that will engage women for success. Her goal is to take YMSN national. Her determination to awaken women to overcome hardship, heal disappointment and design a different way of living is over whelming. Fiona is helping and changing young lives for the benefit of our children’s children.

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