Published Monday 17 June 2019
- Child Care, Youth and Families
Eliza is building a brighter future for herself and her son Nicko through YHES House.
When Eliza Bradbury had her son, Nicko, at 17, she was single and alone – Nicko’s father wasn’t in the picture, and her relationship with her family was strained. What should have been an exciting time was incredibly hard, as Eliza tried to support herself and create a stable home for herself and Nicko.
“I found out about YHES House’s young parenting program through my doctor, so I began coming to the mum’s group,” says Eliza.
YHES House is a safe, youth-friendly community hub located on the Gold Coast. No matter their concern, young people aged 12 – 21 years are welcomed to this non-judgemental space where they are listened to and respected. YHES House provides a drop-in service including shower, laundry and internet facilities, case work support, and various workshops and programs, including the young parents program.
The only one of its kind on the Gold Coast, the young parenting program gives participants (aged up to 25 years) the opportunity to learn about child birth and antenatal care, and connect with other young parents in a supportive, non-judgemental environment designed to help them prepare for the future, learn valuable skills, and develop positive relationships. The program provides vital information in a youth-friendly environment and works on a service delivery model that supports social, community, and family engagement.
“It’s been fantastic. Being a young single mother can be so isolating. Sometimes, coming to this group is the only outing I get in the week. Otherwise, it’s just me and Nicko.
“Not only is it great for Nicko to socialise with other babies, it’s been so great for me too – being able to be around other young mums like me who understand what it’s like. I have other friends, but they don’t know what it’s like to be single, alone, young, and looking after a baby. The friendships I’ve made here, the connections and support I have, not only from the other mums but from YHES House as well, is amazing. I know I’m not alone and there’s help if I need it.”
To learn more about our young parenting programs, please visit our webpage.