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.

Head of Outreach Michelle Lowe-Thompson explains why the keyworker model is uniquely effective.  

Cook Up Group

If you are a young mum or dad aged 24 and under join us at our cook up group, it is a free weekly drop in group on a Thursday 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.

Our cook up group takes place at Larkhall One O'Clock Club 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.

Thank you to all our supporters in 2016

Thank you! Your support has changed the lives of local children and families. 

“St Michael’s helped me to be open and confident, to say ‘I can do this, regardless of how old I am, how immature I was in the past, I can be a great dad!’”

We’ve been able to help 51 pregnant teenagers, 102 young mothers and 40 young fathers to give their new baby the best possible start in life.

Think Fathers

Think Fathers - some thoughts for professionals working with young parents

Fathers matter but so often dads, and especially young dads, feel excluded from maternity and children's services. St Michael's wants this to change.

How you can make a difference? If you provide a service for children and their parents, young dads suggest the following:


Young Parents' Group

If you're a young mum or dad aged under 24 and are around on Fridays, drop in at our free group for people like you - a chance to make friends, prepare and share a delicious meal and find out more about how your child is growing and how you can give them the best support. Children love this group too - it's a chance to play with others and try out lots of different toys and activities. 

Our Young Parents' Group takes place at Brockwell Park One O'Clock Club from 10 am - 2 pm on Fridays.