Young Parents Project commended for its work
The Pamela Sheridan award is presented annually by the
Family Planning Association to projects that show good practice in sex
and relationship education. WILD shared the runners up slot with the Victoria
Clinic in London and the main award was won by the Christopher Winter
School in East London.
Every year, WILD, which is supported by NOF funding through
the Kerrier Healthy Living Centre, works with over 100 young parents who
experience poverty, rural and social isolation and low self-esteem. By
offering practical help in the form of free child care, groupwork and
opportunities to learn new skills, the project encourages them to become
volunteers and peer educators. WILD trains the young parents to give workshops
in schools throughout Cornwall on the reality of young parenting and pregnancy.
These workshops are based on the young parents' own experiences and are
given in way that the school pupils can relate to. The workshops are funded
by the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and Sure Start.
The WILD project has received overwhelming positive feedback
on the peer education work, with pupils confirming that they will "now
wait to have children" and the young parents reporting increased confidence
and higher aspirations. Most of the young parents build enough confidence
to move on into higher education, employment or voluntary work. WILD's
project manager is quick to point out that in some towns they work with
young men as well as young women.
Press contact for further
Kerrier Healthy Living Centre Publicity Officer
Tel: 01209 614448
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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