Quantico Court celebrates its tenth birthday
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Bromford’s young families scheme at Quantico Court in Stafford will mark its tenth birthday on Thursday, 7 August 2014.
To celebrate a decade of supporting young families to live independently, Stafford MP, Jeremy Lefroy will be visiting the scheme and have the opportunity to speak to past and current parents from both Quantico and Heath Way young families schemes and also customers from our young people’s scheme at Perton.
There will be activities on the day and a presentation about the history of Quantico Court and what has been achieved for the young parents it has supported between the ages of 16-25: 80 families in total, including two single dads and their children and a 90% success rate in them sustaining a successful tenancy and moving on positively.
Bromford has worked with over 3,000 young families in total – services that help them to develop the key skills necessary to live independently and promote positive parenting. Support includes help with budget and money management, maintaining a tenancy, assessing education and paid work, developing self confidence and contributing to their community.
Wendy Stephens, head of support said: “It’s about breaking the cycle of poor outcomes for teenage parents and their children by raising aspirations, building confidence, skills and independence. Despite rates of teenage pregnancy being their lowest for around 40 years, teenage parents and their children continue to be vulnerable to a wide range of poor outcomes, from health and housing to education and employment.”
Children of teenage parents have a 63% increased risk of living in poverty compared to children of mothers in their twenties, and teenage mothers are significantly more likely to experience mental ill health than women who become mothers at 24 and over. Wendy continues: “Understanding the potential for these poor outcomes highlights just how important services such as those provided by our support can be.”