According to the ABS, in 2014 there were more than 9,200 babies in Australia born to mothers aged 19 years and under.
Becoming a parent at any age is challenging, but many young people also experience a level of disadvantage that puts them and their children at increased risk of a range of health and wellbeing problems.
WEA Hunter has a long and proud history as the leading provider of community based adult learning in the Hunter region since 1913. They recently launched the WEA Hunter Foundation with the specific goal of working to reconnect disengaged people through quality learning and to create partnerships and secure resources to drive educational outcomes for the benefit of local communities.
Our funding will assist WEA Hunter Foundation to design and deliver The Village Project in Raymond Terrace, and area of the Hunter region where WEA Hunter interact with many young people in their role as a learning provider.
The adjustment to parenthood is exciting but it can also be daunting. The Village Project aims to support new families who may otherwise have limited access to support in making this transition more smoothly and becoming confident and secure in their role as new parents. It is believed that with a three tiered approach including weekly group information sessions and workshops, personalised mentoring and individual case management, the overall health and wellbeing of infants and new parents will benefit which in turn will benefit the community as a whole. The program will also encourage the participants to continue with formal education when they are ready.
This project aims to create better quality of life outcomes for young parents and their children through a connection to community that will help them understand, identify and navigate the obstacles and challenges of parenthood.
For more information visit: www.weahunter.edu.au/foundation