Prospects, the employee owned group which provides tailored education, employment, training and care services for people at all stages of life, has launched an innovative new programme in Wolverhampton aimed at improving the lives of young, single parents in the area.
Prospects Evolve courses run from eight different family hubs across Wolverhampton, with ten lone parents able to take part. Evolve helps single parents, aged between 16-29 years, who are not currently in education, training or employment.
Evolve supports single parents to find meaningful work, re-enter education or undertake a training course – whichever is best suited to their needs and the needs of their children. More importantly though, its emphasis is on helping the individual to improve their self-esteem and confidence, a common concern for many young, single parents.
One participant said: “I am really grateful for the course. It was really useful and has given me more confidence.”
There are a variety of activities on offer during the eight week course; social activities include a fitness session, pottery painting and singing workshops which run alongside practical sessions. These help with life skills, parenting skills and health and well-being advice, as well as guidance sessions from the National Careers Service. The careers sessions are tailored to help participants improve their CVs, practice interview techniques and gain a greater understanding of the opportunities available to them. During every session a crèche is provided on-site so parents with young children can focus on the activities on offer, as well as have time off to meet and chat with other adults in the same situation as themselves. Loneliness is a major issue for single parents who are already feeling emotionally vulnerable. This can lead to long term mental health concerns and continued isolation from the workplace.
Parents already helped by the Evolve programme comment:
“It was a laugh to meet other people like me and become friendly with them.”
“I want to keep doing more courses like this because it fits my needs and has really improved my skills.”
Jade Cumming, Young People and Families support worker with Prospects said: “Our Evolve course is a friendly, laid back environment which gives likeminded young parents the opportunity to socialise, at the same time as gaining support, advice and employability skills from Prospects.”
To encourage lone parents to get involved they will receive:
- Love to Shop voucher
- Lunch vouchers
- Celebration event upon completion of the programme
- Free crèche service
For more information about the Evolve programme please get in touch with Charis Shuter, Lone Parent Tutor with the Evolve programme for Prospects Services; Phone: 07748060952 / email@example.com or Jade Cumming, Independent Supporter, Young People & Families for Prospects; Phone: 0121 525 5161 / firstname.lastname@example.org.