Caboolture Parenting program for young mothers who change lives

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One of Caboolture’s most notable programs for young pregnant and parenting women is changing lives, but more funding is hoped for to expand support

When Molli Robinson, an 18-year-old Caboolture peer support collaborator, first heard about the Caboolture Young Mothers for Young Women (CYMYW) program, she was 16 with a baby on the way.

Less than two weeks after Armani’s birth, Molli joined the program that changed not only her life but that of all the young mothers who were able to participate.

“I couldn’t imagine myself being a peer support worker two years ago… it’s amazing, she said.

Starting as peer support work in May of last year, Molli now supports other young moms.

“I am able to help defend women, be a friend and be there for them professionally…. as young parenting women it can be difficult to have a voice… so it’s great to be able to help with everyday things and support the moms in the program.

CYMYW provides support to young pregnant and parenting women by connecting them with a range of services, but also provides a space to meet other young mothers and key support workers, including social workers, midwives and caregivers. peer support workers

She said the CYMYW program, which is run by Micah Projects, was “very important” to the community as it provided many young mothers with the opportunity to “connect and make friendships outside of the program and break up. the “isolation” shell.

She said that through the program, she and her partner were able to move into a unit just before her daughter’s first birthday.

“I was fortunate to have a lot of support from my family and my main difficulty was finding accommodation… .. or feeding myself or going to the shops, she said.

“CYMYW is amazing. It’s like another house here.

“It was just amazing to be with other young women. I made so many friends and our babies grew up together.

“A lot of women struggle with anxiety or are just outgoing. I am a very outgoing person and I know I have been able to help these women talk and have friends.”

Molli said when talking to other young women participating in the program, they told him “they didn’t know where they would be without it.”

“When I asked them, it almost made me cry to hear what they said.”

“They said they felt so supported and it helped them come out of their shell.”

She said attendees were amazed by the program and “definitely recommended it”.

“It should be everywhere and they should increase funding. There are a limited number of women we can support and more funding would mean we can support more young people, ”Molli said.

“It’s a life changing program. I know a few women who have had to move and who have been devastated because they were outside the region we are supporting.

“It’s definitely a program that helps you grow. ”

Molli will be part of the peer support program until the age of 21 and is currently studying to become a midwife.

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Child Safety Minister Di Farmer visited the CYMYW program earlier this month to highlight the work of the program.

“We know that parenting can be a challenge – and especially for young people,” Ms. Farmer said.

“Early intervention programs are essential to provide safe and stable homes for children. So we’re better equipping new mothers with the skills they need when it matters most. ”

An evaluation of The Young Mothers for Young Women program by the University of Queensland found that on average 75 percent of clients had most of their needs met.

“Since the Caboolture service began, 78 children from 89 families have been helped to access health care and social assistance,” Ms. Farmer said.

“This is a positive result that confirms quality results when support is provided to both mother and child. ”

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Micah Projects Executive Director Karyn Walsh said the program was an example of how interagency and non-governmental organizations were working together to meet the specific needs of vulnerable young women and their children.

“We have partnered with Caboolture Hospital and other local services to work together to coordinate professional support and services from pregnancy to childbirth and parenting,” she said.

“The program helped parents better understand early childhood development and helped them meet their personal needs for housing, education, training and employment.

During the COVID-19 crisis, CYMYW support worker Stacey Larkin said the CYMCW “is doing everything possible to support families within current health recommendations.”

“Although we have temporarily reduced our face-to-face contact (if any), we otherwise continue to operate as usual,” she said.

Contact Michée Projects here.

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