Fife Teen Parent Project provides vital support to teenage parents and pregnant teens no matter their circumstance.
Funded by Big Lottery Young Start Fund, Children’s Lottery Chance to Flourish, BBC Children in Need and Fife Council, teen parents are given the tools they require to effectively nurture and interact with their child, giving both the best chance of an improved future.
The five Teen Parent Support Workers specialise in working with young parents, and provide one to one support, assist with ante-natal and post-natal care, promote health services for both parent and child, and signpost to relevant agencies if required. All staff are fully trained on the Mellow Parenting Programmes, giving them an in-depth knowledge of issues that young parents face and how to overcome them.
Group work is central to the project, allowing teen parents to meet others in the same position as them, and overcome the stigma that many young parents face. Creating peer support is a fundamental part of Fife Teen Parent Project, and the workers are on hand to encourage this and help organise activities or facilitate projects the teen parents would like to establish.
One such project was Bright Young Sparkz, a group formed by teen parents to enter the Lloyds Money for Life Challenge 2015. The group researched and investigated energy use in the home and how to save money through basic energy efficiency tips. Bright Young Sparkz impressed Lloyds judges, winning the Scottish Finals and eventually headed to London to take part in the UK Finals. Although they didn't win, they all gained a great deal of knowledge and experience by taking part in the project, and visited both the Scottish Parliament and Westminster.
Outings and trips give young families an opportunity to have fun and enjoy time together. Recent days out to Deep Sea World and Go Ape gave the teen parents the chance to make memories and build bonds with their children and their peers, and regular fun days out to local parks brings young parents together throughout the year.