13 November 2015

Interview with Sally Pepper on Radio Derby 11th November 2015

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Background – Donna and Claire’s Story

Donna and her 6 children from Derby, were victims of an extremely abusive home life for over 10 years.  With an urgent need to protect the safety of the family, they were moved to a women’s refuge in Swadlincote. Following the arrest and imprisonment of Donna’s partner, the family were allowed to move back to Derby, and were given a small 3 bedroom house in a suburb of the City, for which they were extremely grateful.

Donna’s eldest daughter Claire was a young Mum herself, aged just 16, with a 12 week old baby. Claire and her baby live in the downstairs living room of the house, Donna shares a bedroom with 7 year old twins and 3 siblings are then split across the 2 remaining bedrooms.


YMCA Derbyshire, Ripplez and BBC Children In Need

In April 2015, YMCA Derbyshire won a bid through BBC Children In Need to create a much needed new role to support young Mums in Derby.

Expert Housing Officer, Jacque Moore has worked at YMCA Derbyshire for 13 years. Jacque was appointed into a newly funded Housing Advisor role, where she would work in close partnership with Ripplez, a family nurse partnership. As a result of the funding received from BBC Children In Need, YMCA Derbyshire and Ripplez have been able to fund Jacque’s role for the next three years so that Claire and many other young Mums in similar situations can benefit from this much needed support.

The primary aim of  Jacques role is to encourage and support young Mums like Claire to engage in the Family Nurse Partnership Programme and the Passport to Independence Partnership, with an overall objective to ensuring they are given priority social housing when they turn 18. Throughout the programme, young Mums like Claire are taught parenting skills, positively encouraged to engage with their babies, shown how to care for a baby and given one to one support from their family nurse.

After being given the choice to stay with her Mum and siblings in their family home or to be moved into a mother and baby unit, a close knit family relationship meant that Claire chose to stay at home living with Mum, which meant making the most of a very small, tightly packed household. Jacque was able to carry out a housing needs assessment of their current living situation, from which the outcome was that the property was deemed to be too small.  Jacque has single-handedly worked in conjunction with Derby City Council to change their policies, allowing the family to be given bidding rights to apply for 4-7 bedroom properties. As a result, the family have now been put on to a list to begin bidding on bigger properties, to give them the vital space they need to flourish.

Both Donna and Claire work, with Claire also attending college to finish her studies. Donna commented on the support her family has received from Jacque, “We’d be lost without her”.  Following the three-year programme, Jacques role will be reviewed with a view to continuing funding should the programme prove to be successful.