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.