Group helps parents back into education

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A Mansfield-based charity which aims to encourage young people to return to education and training is asking for parents and mums-to-be to get in touch.

The Shining Stars Young Parents Group, run by the Inspire and Achieve Foundation, is aimed at people aged 16 to 24 who are either parents or expecting a child.

The 12-week programme runs at Mansfield’s St John Centre and aims to teach essential parenting skills.

Laura Spiver from Inspire and Achieve said: “We attempt to provide a friendly, welcoming and relaxed environment where parents and expectant parents can learn new skills such as preparing and cooking creative and family friendly meals for themselves and their family.”

Parents are also given the opportunity to take part in beauty treatment sessions, and a member of staff is available to offer Information and advice about getting back into education, employment and training.

Many parents who attend each week have plans to return to education in September and the charity works with them to make sure thair plans are realistic, Laura said.

The charity also offers support with finding information about funding and bursaries, resources, travel arrangements and childcare.

Sarah Walker, who attends the group, told the Chad: “This group has helped me to make new friends who are in the same position as me.

“The Inspire and Achieve Foundation have also helped me to apply to college for September and have improved my confidence to attend.”

At the end of each 12 week programme, a special trip is organised by the charity as a reward to the young parents. The last group attended Wheelgate Park.

For more information on the group, contact Laura Spivey at Inspire and Achieve on 01623 627191 Ext 8534 or 07702319977.

Pictured are mums at the Shining Stars Young Parents Group, run by the Mansfield-based charity The Inspire and Achieve Foundation.