Changes to the law in 2017 primarily affected lone parents and mothers are now expected to return to work sooner than might suit their young families.
Funded by Forest Hill Assembly, March 2018, the six-week pilot tested ‘what works’. Eight local mothers participated and helped to shape the design, development, and delivery of this programme for which we are applying for funding.
“This programme … is making me more confident … helping me … let go of the old and make space for the new. I don’t want this to end.” Marina
“This is a ‘MUST’ programme for any mother.” Aina
“My thinking was very rigid … but now I know that I can do and be anything I want.” Lucy
We provide Work readiness workshops:
This engages a range of experts to address local mothers priority topics that help achieve their goals. For six weeks each session last four hours runs once weekly and covers:
Working whilst tackling mental health and help with job searches - Work Well Project
How to make it through exceptionally challenging circumstances - Brave Women's Network
Family and the Home:
How to work and raise a family well. Including case study from a working professional social worker mum on the challenges of being a working parent
The current employment market – JobCentrePlus
CVs * Interview techniques - The National Careers Service
Active job search and research to improve circumstances
Emotional intelligence, healthy versus unhealthy relationships
Budgeting, saving and investing – Princes Trust
Following the workshops mums:
Choose one of five pathways; employment, education, training, self-employment, volunteering/signposting.
Access a professional coach - Six telephone sessions to work on an action plan toward their chosen pathway
Get in-work/career support for three months by phone/email to help smooth out transition into their career pathAccess to peer support when the programme ends. The pilot set up a WhatsApp group. Regular meetups/socials support newly working mums through challenges. We will replicate this in our main programme.
Mothers may be invited back to future programmes to share, work for the organization as facilitators or creche staff.
An essential creche service will support mothers with childcare to fully access the workshops.
increased confidence to return to work/career
reduced barriers to returning to work/career
better connected, stronger, social links between mums and their children.
Registers, evaluations and 3 months post session feedback will help demonstrate the impact of MSP.