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WILD Young Parents Project

WILD is an award-winning Cornish charity, working with young parents and their children since 1992. WILD aims to provide young parent families opportunities to develop skills, improve self-esteem, make healthy choices, protect themselves, take part in their communities and achieve their potential.

WHO CAN COME TO WILD?

If you are a young parent aged 19 or under, or if your partner is aged 19 or under, then WILD is for you.

You can also come to WILD if you (or your partner) are 23 or under, and have some extra needs (eg if you or your child has a social worker, or if you have been in care, of if you or your partner or your children have a disability).

Young parents are welcome at WILD if you are pregnant, or have children living with you, or if you don't live with your children, if you have a partner, or if you are a single parent.

If you are not sure if WILD is for you, get in touch and we can talk it through with you!


YOUNG MUMS:

We run weekly groups for young mums across Cornwall. There is probably a WILD group in a town near you!

At our groups (with free creche), you can learn new skills, try new activities like arts and crafts, get help with any problems or worries, and most of all make new friends with other young mums just like you. Young mums find that coming to WILD helps with relationships, being a mum, feeling positive and coping with life in general!

Our WILD workers can also help you one-to-one by visiting you at home, coming with you to meetings, helping with your housing or benefits, and supporting you to achieve your goals.

CHILDREN:

WILD creches offer a great chance for your baby or child (under 5 years) to gain confidence and make new friends. Our creches are safe and welcoming, and the children can have a go at music, stories, art and craft, physical play, as well as lovely mum and child trips to the beach, swimming and theatre. It's lovely for you to see your little one enjoying their first children's group!

DADS:

We can help dads one-to-one, or we can support you together with your partner. We also have special 'Brook Young Fathers' workers who offer extra support to very young dads, or dads who are experiencing extra needs.

Our dads workers can help you with gaining confidence in being a dad, spending more time with your child, going to meetings with you, and help with practical issues.

ONLINE:

Check out our facebook page - WILD Youngparentsproject for mums and WILD Youngfathers for dads



WILD are proud to have several awards for our work. We hold the Queen’s Award for voluntary service, and won the 2013 Guardian Charity Award (1 of 5 out of 1,300 entrants), for “making an utterly outstanding contribution to society in austerity Britain” (David Brindle, Guardian). In 2013 we were voted 2nd in a national public vote for Comic Relief projects, and in 2014 we have been selected as one of Youth Music’s national profile projects.

Services

Find out more about the services we offer by clicking the headings below


  1. WILD helps young mums and dads who have experienced violence, either recently or in the past. We offer a range of individual and group support for you and your children. We can also help you get the right support from other services, and help you make sure your children are safe.

  2. WILD helps young mums and dads who have experienced violence or abusive behaviour, either from a partner, or from other family members. This may be recent, or could have happened when you were younger. We offer a range of individual and group support for you and your children. We can also help you get the right support from other services, and help you make sure your children are safe.

  3. WILD helps young mums and dads who have experienced sexual violence, either from a partner, or from other family members or other people. This may be recent, or could have happened when you were younger. We offer a range of individual and group support for you and your children. We can also help you get the right support from other specialist services, and help you make sure your children are safe.

  4. WILD helps young mums and dads through a wide range of individual and group support for you and your children. We can also help you get the right support from other specialist services, and help you make sure your chidlren are safe. We offer specific support to LGBTQ+ young parents, young parents from BME and Gypsy and Traveller communities, young parents with disabilities, and young parents living in rurally isolated areas.

  5. WILD helps young parents with housing advice, talking to landlords, registering with homechoice, home safety, sorting out rent arrears, setting up home and coping with a tenancy

  6. WILD helps young parents understand services, talk to other professionals such as social workers and health visitors, and can come with you to meetings and to court.

  7. WILD helps young parents understand how drugs and alcohol can affect you and your children. WILD gives advice and support to help you cope with problems with drugs and alcohol.

  8. WILD helps young parents make the first steps towards fulfilling their dreams! We support you to think about future plans, and help you to move on to college and work.

  9. WILD helps young parents with money advice, benefits, debt, budgeting and making your money last, and talking to other services about money.

  10. WILD helps young mums and dads cope with the new challenges of becoming a young parent. We support you with making a healthy, safe and happy start for your babies and children.

  11. It's really common for young mums and young dads to have depression, anxiety and other emotional problems when you become a new mum or dad. This is made worse by the experience of crime. WILD can help you with coping with mental ill health, and getting the right help you need.

  12. WILD groups and one-to-one work helps young mums and dads support each other, and talk about the issues you face. We can also help you find a professional to talk to about how you are feeling.

Victim Care

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I do not want to report the crime to the police but I still want support

Call: 0300 3030 554

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