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Posted On: 28th Mar 2014

Support for Young Parents

Fixer Sophie Lejeune
Sophie with young parents
Fixer Sophie Lejeune

A Sheffield Fixer is showing young parents in Shiregreen that they are not alone and help is available for those who need it.

 

Sophie Lejeune (22) is concerned that young people taking on parenthood sometimes lack the confidence to access support groups, because of concerns of being negatively judged.

 

The Fixer, who is a Neighbourhoods Assistant for Sanctuary Housing, became aware of their plight after doing some outreach work with this demographic last year.

 

‘This is an important topic for me because I have seen how some young parents can be stigmatised,’ explains Sophie.

 

‘Many of them don’t know what’s out there in terms of help. Meeting them has made me realise that most just want someone to share their feelings with.

 

‘I want to my Fixers campaign to encourage them to find help and make them understand that having a child at a young age is nothing to be ashamed of.’

 

With the help of Fixers, Sophie has designed a leaflet, which gives information on some of the groups available for young parents in Shiregreen and signposts support services. 

 

‘I really love the finished design,’ she says.

 

‘I thought a leaflet containing relevant information was the perfect way to engage with young parents in the area.

 

‘It’s all about letting them know that there are others in the same boat and it’s easier to talk about your experiences.’

 

Click here to see Sophie’s Fixers leaflet.

 

Around 5,000 leaflets are due to be posted to every home in Shiregreen over the coming weeks.

 

Sophie hopes it will inspire more of the community’s young parents to become self-assured and think about what they want from their future.

 

‘I’m really proud of this campaign,’ she says.

 

‘I understand that it’s overwhelming being a young parent at times, and getting the courage to ask for support can be a big step.

 

‘Hopefully now more will help each other to move forward with their lives.’

 

This Fixers project was supported by Sanctuary Housing.

 

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