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Young parents to gain confidence and support

PREGNANT AND parenting teenagers and young adults and their children will benefit from a Health and Well-being Program thanks to Wesley Mission Brisbane’s (WMB) Young Parent Support Program in Beenleigh, which is receiving
funding from the Commonwealth Bank Community Grants program.

“We are delighted to receive this additional funding”, said Donna Hanson, Coordinator Young Parents Program.

“This program is relevant to pregnant and parenting teens, providing advice and support on how to be the best they can be and to be confident to make good choices for both themselves and their children”.

The Health and Well-being Program will run for 10 weeks with 30 pregnant or parenting teenagers and young adults aged up to 25, who have 40 children between them.

The program will educate and skill young parents in positive parenting, nutrition, healthy physical activity, self-esteem and tips on running a household.

“When young parents complete this course they will be confident parents and will have stronger community connections and support” said Donna.

The WMB Young Parents Support program provides antenatal and postnatal support for young people. They plan to integrate the Heath and Well-being program with their current services which includes social support to pregnant and parenting teens and providing a safe space for medical appointments through midwives who visit the centre for pre-natal

Chermside Commonwealth Bank Branch Manager, Phillip Walmsley presented the grant to Wesley Mission Brisbane on Tuesday 16 November.

Wesley Mission Brisbane was established in 1907 and leads the way in providing care for kids, families, youth, the elderly, the homeless, the disadvantaged and those living with disability.