Middlesbrough children's charity secures lottery funding to support young mothers (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Middlesbrough children's charity secures lottery funding to support young mothers
YOUNG mothers are set to get extra support after a Teesside charity secured almost £400,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
Barnardo’s in Middlesbrough received a grant of £389,531 to develop plans to provide 35 family support assistants from the local community to deliver anti natal support to around 900 pregnant women per year.
The charity is one of three in the region that has secured a share of £900,000 to develop long term plans to help thousands of struggling parents give their children the best start in life.
In Middlesbrough, the Better Start cash will be used to provide breast feeding support as well as healthy eating projects including a healthy takeaway van to provide low cost and free meals to some families.
The project will work in the wards of Ayresome, Beckfield, Gresham, North Ormesby and Brambles Farm, Middlehaven, Pallister, Park End, Thorntree and University after the charity identified a number of issues for young parents, including high incidence of A & E attendances, child poverty, teenage pregnancy as well as maternal mental health, domestic violence and substance misuse.
Sian Bufton, Barnardo’s North-East assistant director, said: “This is a vitally important opportunity to build on the support we offer to local people and to help change the lives of young children and their families in parts of the borough.
“The issue in Middlesbrough that has stopped us making progress in the past, is that the problems facing us were industrial sized, but the only resources we were able to offer were of cottage industry proportions. Now with Barnardo’s working in partnership with Middlesbrough, we have the chance to tackle industrial sized problems with industrial sized answers.
“Our initiative is called Best Start Boro and our development money will be spent on community engagement, on ensuring that all our partners are involved and in finding solutions to many of the problems affecting families in Middlesbrough with children up to the age of three.”
In Northumberland, Barnado’s will use £398,966 to develop plans to expand the range of professionals available to families. Community hubs will be created and existing facilities will be refurbished and upgraded.
Children North East in Newcastle received £111,623 and will lead a partnership of organisations working in the wards of Walker, Byker, Elswick, Benwell and Scotswood.
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