YMSN was set up by Fiona Small, in 2011. It provides support, training and development to young mothers in deprived arrears. It aims to empower young women to make informed decisions about their lifestyle and relationships.
OUR SOCIAL OBJECTIVE
Empower, coach and help young mothers access exciting opportunities to reach their personal goals.
We offer access to educational support, mediation and counselling services, as well as wider access to skills and employment. YMSN have created three programs: Ready Steady Work, Ladies Lunch and our Information Coffee Mornings.
Additional services include advice on sexual health, healthy relationships, parental workshops and victim support. We also provide a pathway to free training courses to young women through our partnership with local communities and charities.
“I never enjoyed cooking so most of the meals I had with my children were from the takeaway or ready meals. At first I went to the Ladies Lunch just for the social bit but within a couple of weeks I found I enjoyed taking part in preparing and cooking foods. It made me realise I could be feeding my children better food and saving money. We have healthier meals now, with vegetables included- something I never bothered with before. I am grateful to the YMSN team who have been supportive and friendly at all times.”
— Young Mum, Samantha
“I met Fiona when I was pregnant. One of the many things that kept me going to her groups was the fact that it was for young mums so I didn’t feel like the odd one out. When my daughter was 8 months I became homeless and had no where to go with my daughter. I rang Fiona and although it was a struggle, by the end of the day, we were half way to a result. Fiona was an amazing support and I don’t know how I would have got through to the housing association without her. She supports us young mums more than anyone. I could not thank her enough. ”
— Young Mum, Mia