This project supports Young Fathers (aged 14-24) living in Luton who need support in the following areas:
• 1-1 support
• Parenting skills
• Sexual health awareness (including c card distribution)
• Access to counselling support
• Benefit welfare advice (money & housing)
• Preparing for employment
• CV writing
• Healthy cooking classes
• Importance of learning through play (TOKKO Totz / five to thrive)
• Budgeting & money support
• Advocacy (supporting young fathers at various meetings including social care meetings)
Many young fathers present with multiple needs upon referral to the service.
For example a young father may have two children by different mothers, straight out of prison with housing needs, training and employment needs, need for ID or anger issues.
The 1-1 support offered would meet the needs of each individual; for example offering support on how to manage anger without negative consequence, assistance with linking in housing providers and private landlords to secure a fixed address, and, to help gain ID to assist with independent living following multiple prison terms.
Other assistance has included updating CVs for greater opportunities in employment and couple / relationship counselling. If relevant we support a referral on to other local relevant services that provide specific support.
Young Fathers aged 14-24 yrs old living in Luton.
Meeting needs of young fathers – employed or not, to be available at times that suit them. The Young Fathers Worker attendsTOKKO Totz sessions (Wednesday between 12-3pm during academic term time)
Key partners / funders
Neil Hannah – Young Fathers Worker