A South Shields project that provides accommodation and support for young parents aged 16-25 years has won an award at the national Women in Housing Awards, beating off stiff competition from projects from across the UK.
The Whitehead Street Young Parents Pathway run by Places for People Living Plus picked up the award for the 'Most Effective Project in Improving the Lives of Women or Communities'.
Living Plus provides services that enable people to live independently in the community.
The South Tyneside project provides two-bedroom, self-contained, fully furnished flats with 24 hour support available. The accommodation is available for young people from the local community who are pregnant or have children. Young parents are supported to manage and maintain a successful tenancy whilst creating a safe and secure environment for their child, giving them the best possible start in life.
The scheme has a crèche and child-friendly garden and skilled staff on the premises 24 hours a day.
Since the Whitehead Street Young Parents Pathway was established 14 years ago it has supported more than 700 young people, mainly women. The team of seven helps build young people’s confidence and develop new skills through activities including photography, social activities, cookery, and alternative therapies.
The Whitehead Street Young Parents Pathway team’s scheme manager, Angie Allen, who has 25 years’ experience working with young parents, said: "We're so pleased to have won this prestigious industry award. Our aim is to provide strong female role models, inspiration and empowerment to parents aged 16 to 25 in South Tyneside. We are committed to helping parents be the best they can for their children. We endeavour to improve the lives of parents themselves, support their role in the wider community, and most importantly help vulnerable children. We have a really dedicated team, who all work so hard, so it's great to be recognised in this way."
The project was also recently shortlisted at the TPAS North Region Awards in the Excellence in Community Action category.