'Engaging through play' at the Windmill

We're starting a 6-week project at our Tuesday group for young Lambeth mums and dads who are either expecting or have a baby under 12 months. 

In 'Engaging through Play' we're helping babies explore the world around them through different activities and toys, some of which we'll create during the session. The project will run from November up until Christmas.

Photography Exhibition at the Black Cultural Archives

Our young parents group have taken part in an extensive photography course and their work is being displayed throughout July. The exhibition will open on July 4th and will be open for public viewing up untill the 15th.

Pop into the cafe at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton to see the fabulous work from our talented young parents. You wont be let down! For more information, click here.

Challenging Stereotypes: a photography exhibition from our young parents

In partnership with London Connected Learning Centre, our young parents have spent the past eight weeks taking part in a photography programme. Members of our weekly group for young parents and their children, which meets every Friday in Brockwell Park were invited to attend the extensive course, aiming to develop their skills in digital technology, whilst creating a project that holds meaning to them.

Keyworking to support young parents

“You have been a passionate support worker who does more than just support.  You have instilled qualities that will remain with me for life.”

Last year, the outreach team worked on a one to one basis with 51 pregnant teenagers, 102 young mothers and 40 young fathers, in addition to running open weekly groups at Children's Centres around Lambeth.

Cook Up Group

If you are a young mum or dad aged 24 and under, join us at our Cook Up group. It's a free weekly drop in on Thursdays where you can learn how to prepare healthy nutritious meals from scratch and enjoy them with the group. It is a chance for you to make friends over lunch and for your children to socialise too.

Cook Up takes place at Stockwell Children's Centre from 1 – 3 pm on Thursdays.

Just drop in, or if you'd like to know more, ring 020 8835 9570 and ask to speak to one of the Outreach team

Isabelle's Story

Isabelle was 19, with a nine-month old daughter. Originally from Jamaica, she’d come to England as a 14-year old. Her dream was to be a legal secretary. But she’d attended a course where she had to hand in her passport, which she could not get returned. Her passport subsequently expired meaning that she had overstayed in the UK and her application for indefinite leave to remain had been turned down. Whilst she was appealing the decision, she lived with her mother and stepfather in a tiny room where her baby had no space to play.

Free Safety Gates

As soon a baby can crawl, safety gates should be installed at the top and bottom of stairs. 

St Michael's can provide a range of free safety equipment for the home, including safety gates. Equipment may be available to young families in Southwark and Lambeth with children aged 0-5 years. 

If you'd like to find out more, contact a member of the Outreach team on 020 8835 9570 or email admin@stmichaelsfellowship.org.uk

John's Story

John is 18 and has a four-month baby. He’s separated from the 18-year old mother because of his domestic violence.

His child was the subject of a child protection plan under the category of neglect, initially as an unborn child when John assaulted his four-week pregnant partner.

John lives with his mother and his two younger siblings. John’s father did not play an active role in his life but he has vivid recollections of his father when he was young, and the domestic violence he and his mother were subjected to.  

Maxine's Story

Maxine is an 18-year old mother with a seven month old daughter. Maxine was a looked after child because her mother was an alcoholic who neglected and harmed her. As a young adolescent, Maxine was sexually exploited by older men and had poor mental health. She was a heavy cannabis user. Before her baby was born, Maxine suffered domestic violence from the father and her baby was placed on a child protection plan.