Supporting Young Parents to plan for the future
Kelly was referred to the Young Parents Support Service when she became pregnant at 15 years old.
Kelly’s attendance at school was historically low and in the last months of her pregnancy, it became increasingly difficult to maintain engagement and keep the lines of communication open.
Nicky, the learning mentor met with Kelly in relaxed and open community spaces where Kelly felt comfortable, and they could talk about her aspirations and plans for the future.
Kelly was interested in the construction industry and Nicky was able to support her to follow that interest up and find out more about the skills and qualifications she would need. Kelly applied for a a Level 1 course which would offer Maths and English qualifications.
As Kelly has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) so it was important to consider her needs when choosing a programme to ensure she was on the right track and felt fully supported.
Kelly now has childcare for her baby funded from Care to Learn and Bristol City Council. She has an annual bus pass, free college meals, and a personal tool kit and safety wear provided at the start of the course.
Kelly will need time to settle into college after a long absence from education, but the continued access to support and advice from the key agencies around her will ensure she has the best possible opportunity to develop her skills, build her confidence and take the next steps into her future career.