Sheffield Fixer continues support for young parents
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Care and Support and also in Communities, Education, Housing
Young parents from Shiregreen are being invited to don their wellies for a grand day out on the farm as part of a project by a Sheffield Fixer.
Sanctuary Housing employee Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, who works in the Shiregreen area of Sheffield, is continuing her campaign to increase support for young parents in the local area in association with national charity Fixers.
As part of her project, Sophie is inviting young parents and their children for a free trip to Heeley City Farm on Monday 7 October for a tour, to see the animals and try their hand at some crafts.
The visit will give parents the opportunity to meet new people, whilst discussing what they would like to see in a new young parents’ group in Shiregreen.
Thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing, Sophie has been working with Fixers, a charity which supports young people to ‘fix the future’, since June 2013 and would like to create a resource to support young people in understanding life as a parent.
The resource, which will take the form of a leaflet or book, will include signposting to existing services for young parents and quotes about their personal experiences.
In addition, Sophie will look to provide a support group for young parents to attend to make new friends and hear from guest speakers talking about issues that matter.
She said: “I believe that young parents should be recognised for the positive role they play. I want to look at how young parents can support each other, whilst looking at ways to improve the support that young parents need, such as appropriate health care, parenting advice and access to employment.
“My hope is that this trip to the farm will not only provide a great day out for them and their children but also a chance to get to know other people. I want them to share their opinions regarding the services currently available and the services they would like to see in Shiregreen.”
Sanctuary has provided £60,000 funding to Fixers to support projects for residents and staff in locations across England and Scotland, including Shiregreen, which are led by young people aged 16 – 25.
Fixers is a charity which supports young people across the UK to take action and change things for the better. The Fixers project has already supported over 9,000 young people to have an authentic voice in their community. Each Fixer is supported to create the resources they need - such as films, websites or print work - to make their chosen project a success.
If you are a young parent living in Shiregreen under the age of 25 and would like to come along please call Sophie on 0800 131 3348 to book your place. Children are welcome! If you can’t make the date but would still like to be involved with the project in the future then get in touch with Sophie to find out more.