A young woman, who relied on food banks to feed her child, is showing young mums living in emergency accommodation that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness.
Summer Hammond, who went into care at the age of 14, fell pregnant four years later before moving into supported living.
The 20-year-old from Margate, Kent has now teamed up with Fixers to produce a short film helping others in her situation to get through what can be a difficult time.
‘My world completely changed when my daughter was born because not only did I have to look after myself, but someone else too,’ she explains.
‘I did everything, even using food banks to survive. It felt degrading to me, but it’s something I needed to do for both of us.
‘One thing I struggled with was asking for help and this is what I want to tell others in my shoes that it’s okay to do that.’
Summer, who has recently moved back in with her mum, speaks in the film about how being a mother in supported living changed her life.
In it, she calls on other young mums with similar experiences to not be afraid of asking for help.
‘I think the film is great and I’m so proud because I feel like I’ve achieved something,’ adds Summer.
‘I hope my campaign can help someone and hopefully make their life a little easier.
‘My message to other young mums is that it is okay to say that you are struggling and need help.
‘Being a mum in supported living doesn’t make you a bad mum.’
This Fixers project was supported by Colyer-Fergusson.
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