Picture above shows L-R: Amy Simmonds; baby Delilah-Rose; Sara Kirkby, Director, Untapped Me
An organisation which supports young parents in Charnwood has received a £1,940 community grant.
The grant, provided by Charnwood Borough Council was awarded to Untapped Me, a community organisation which supports young parents across Leicestershire.
Sara Kirkby, Director at Untapped Me said: “We help support teenage mums and dads to be. We give one-to-one contact and advice on a range of issues, from antenatal care to signposting for housing and domestic abuse. Our Baby Box Project allows us to meet mums to be from 24 weeks into their pregnancy, to offer support during what can often be a difficult and worrying time. The boxes contain products such as nappies, baby wipes, a Moses basket and books. They’re designed to help with discussing anxieties around becoming a parent and give information on access to antenatal classes, a specialist midwife team, Sure Start Centres and Health Visitors. The grant has enabled us to support six mums-to-be aged 15 -18, along with their family and fathers-to-be.”
Amy Simmonds, 16 from Sileby, is a young mum who has been helped by the scheme.
Amy said: “The support I had from Sara at Untapped Me was amazing. After I fell pregnant while still being in school, she made sure I had someone to talk to if I needed and arranged for me to sit my GCSEs at home, which I was going to start on my due date. It was such a help to have this support in place as without it many of these things would not have happened.”
Sara said: “I first met Amy when she was around 24 weeks pregnant, when I delivered her Baby Box. I asked her if she would like some extra support during her pregnancy and she said yes, please! As Amy was due to give birth in the middle of her exams, we looked at enabling her to sit them at home, with an independent invigilator. Amy sat her first exam while in slow labour. She gave birth the next day, and then went on to complete her exams. Amy is an amazing, inspirational young lady and I’m so glad we could support her during her pregnancy.”
Untapped Me, which is based in Melton Mowbray, received a Loughborough Community Grant from the borough council in order to offer support to young people living in Charnwood.
The organisation is a Community Interest Company which supports young people aged 20 and under during pregnancy and parenthood. As well as providing information and advice, Untapped Me signposts to support available in the local area.
Chris Traill, Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Community Wellbeing said: “Local organisations like Untapped Me do so much to help people in our community, which is why we wanted to support them with our grant scheme.
“I would encourage local groups to apply for the next round of grants and to get in touch with us as we can offer help and advice for applying.”
The deadline for the next Loughborough Community grant is Tuesday 3rd October.
The grant can provide up to £2,000 to cover running costs for up to one year, or one-off equipment costs for voluntary sector and community organisations.
Community grants also available:
- Community Development and Engagement Grant, deadline September 21, 2017– The grant is open for any organisation working in Charnwood and can provide up to £10,000 towards running costs and one off equipment costs.
- Community Facilities and Feasibility Grant, deadline September 21, 2017 – The grant can provide a maximum of £20,000, up to a maximum of 50% of the cost of a project which assists with the renovation, improvement and provision of community buildings, and small-scale environmental improvement schemes. Feasibility studies grants awards grants of up to £5,000, to a maximum of 50% of the cost of feasibility studies as part of the development plan to undertake substantial refurbishment or propose a new-build community facility.
For more information and to apply for a community grant, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/charnwoodgrants or call 01509 634730.
For more information about Untapped Me, visit www.parentsunder20.co.uk