$20,000 for young mums

Joondalup Times - - FATHERS DAY -

A YOUTH Fu­tures pro­gram help­ing strug­gling young mums has re­ceived a $20,000 State Gov­ern­ment grant.

The NEST project helps teenage par­ents who are home­less or are liv­ing in un­suit­able con­di­tions and are at risk of their child com­ing into the care of the State.

“Young moth­ers may ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health is­sues, fi­nan­cial hard­ship, un­sta­ble and in­ad­e­quate hous­ing and rely on pub­lic trans­port, which all can be bar­ri­ers to ac­cess­ing the sup­port ser­vices they need,” Joon­dalup MLA Emily Hamil­ton said.

“Youth Fu­tures’ NEST pro­gram pro­vides an in­valu­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and outreach ser­vice to teenage moth­ers and their chil­dren with safe and se­cure sin­gle-dwelling ac­com­mo­da­tion for up to 18 months.

“Dur­ing this time, the young moth­ers are also pro­vided with help to ad­dress their un­der­ly­ing is­sues, de­velop their par­ent­ing skills and plan for a se­cure and brighter fu­ture.” The one-off grant will also be used to pro­vide items in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture, nap­pies, baby food and cloth­ing.

Youth worker Jemma Gar­diner, Youth Fu­tures head Mark Waite, Joon­dalup MLA Emily Hamil­ton and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Si­mone McGurk.

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