The Princess Project was able to expand their Mum 2 Mum project thanks to a £1,000 KCC members grant from Gary Cooke.
The project provides support to young mums to reduce social isolation, tackle low self esteem and improve parenting skills .
The project has recruited and trained five new volunteer befrienders as a result of the funding.
The befrienders have started meeting with their matched young mums on a regular basis which has had many beneficial effects on the local community including mums taking part have become more engaged in community activities.
For example: starting to participate in toddler groups, taking part in the Freedom programme which offers support for mums as they seek to return to work.
Feedback from mums has included the following: “Me and my befriender are getting on really well. I can talk to her about anything and it’s really good to have [her] to talk to. I like the places we meet as the children can play while we chat.”
“[My befriender] has been very supportive and has given me the confidence I needed to make some life changing decisions. I and my family have got a whole new life, and we are much happier.”
“It has meant a lot to me being part of the Princess Project. It’s been great knowing there’s someone to talk to in times where I’ve felt most alone – the advice and support has been amazing, the project has truly helped me and it will always be appreciated.”