Some of the most vulnerable parents and babies in Southampton will be given intensive support from trained volunteers thanks to a grant from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons to No Limits.
The £59,000 grant will provide funding for the Bright Beginnings project, which trains volunteer befrienders to support young parents, aged 17-24, through pregnancy and until their child is two years old. In addition, as many as 130 vulnerable young parents will be given parenting skills training and ongoing support from the charity’s youth workers.
Bright Beginnings is the only service in Southampton to provide this one-to-one intensive support for vulnerable young parents. Volunteer befrienders will help the young parents overcome challenges such as poor housing, mental health issues, and negative relationships.
They will also help them with practical issues such as attending health appointments and going to mother and baby groups.
The volunteers help parent and child grow together within a warm, loving environment, stopping intergenerational cycles of neglect, abuse, and violence. The relationship helps build the confidence of the young parents.