Young Mothers for Young Women

Young Mothers for Young Women (YMYW) provides family support, peer education, advocacy and early childhood programs for pregnant and parenting women, under 25 years, their children and families. The team incorporates peer and professional support to assist young pregnant and parenting women in practical ways to allow them to participate, socially and economically within their community.

Family Support
Planned support and advocacy is offered across a wide range of areas to pregnant and parenting young women, their children and partners. This may include:
•    access to housing
•    establishing a home
•    income support
•    health services
•    legal issues
•    education and training
•    links to employment services
•    other services as identified.

Peer Support and Advocacy
A range of social supports, educational workshops and early childhood groups are offered during school terms including:
•    drop-in-day
•    supported playgroups
•    peer education and training workshops.

Young Mothers Partnership Program
Integrated health services located at Caterpillar House. The partnership program offers a range of health supports during pregnancy, including:
•    midwifery care
•    ante-natal education
•    obstetrics
•    links to YMYW support services.
These services are offered by the Mater Mothers, as part of the clinics for young women under 21. 

Peer Education
A key component of the YMYW program involves peer lead education and group work for young women. These groups focus on a range of topics including:
•    healthy relationships
•    maintaining tenancies
•    parenting
•    self advocacy
•    communication.

Early Childhood Program
Early childhood activities are offered at Caterpillar House through supported playgroups and alongside the young women's group work. The program is designed to support babies and toddlers in 4 main development areas:
•    a strong child
•    a skillful communicator
•    a healthy child
•    a competent learner.*
* Adapted from Foundations for Families: Birth to three framework of effective practice 2006.

Referral Pathways
Family Support:
Is currently offered to young women receiving antenatal care through the Young Mothers Partnership Program and through self-referral.

All Other services:
Please call YMYW for information and mail-outs about our group program and upcoming events.

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Young Mothers for Young Women (YMYW) is based at Butterfly Place & Caterpillar House. Click for contact details

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