Help for young mums

Abbie Hill with her daughter Layla Biris (5 months). Picture: Emma Reeves
Abbie Hill with her daughter Layla Biris (5 months). Picture: Emma Reeves

Joondalup-based Youth Futures recently launched the campaign with the Chuffed website for The NEST program, which provides accommodation and parenting lessons for homeless teenaged mothers, helping them keep custody of their babies.

‘These teenagers are often juggling the important task of becoming a mother with other difficult circumstances such as domestic violence,’ Youth Futures chief executive Mark Waite said.

‘The NEST provides them with a safe and secure place to call home and the parenting skills to make sure their baby is happy, healthy and reaches the relevant child developmental milestones.

‘We also provide mums with the support to address their underlying issues and life skills such as budgeting to help them secure a rental and live independently in the future.’

Staying at a Clarkson property, Abbie Hill (18) was grateful for the stable environment she found through The NEST to raise her daughter Layla (5 months).

‘It has made me feel more independent and more grown up,’ she said.

‘It is going to definitely help me when I move out of here and get into private rentals. It’s like a stepping stone.’

After falling out with her father and being asked to leave home, Abbie initially had to sleep in cars or couch surf because her mother lives over east.

Since moving into accommodation at one of the The NEST’s Clarkson properties, Abbie has been able to continue studying Year 11 at Balga Senior High School.

The program offers support to young mothers across WA, with properties in Glendalough and Como, as well as an outreach service.

Funds raised through Chuffed campaign would provide new mothers with one-on-one support as well as necessities such as nappies, nappy rash cream, clothing and food.

The NEST aims to help young mothers break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage, rather than provide a temporary solution, and receives no govern- ment funding.

To donate, visit www.chuffed.org/ project/thenest