Young Parents

At Young Parent Project in Cambridge we provide accommodation and support for young parents aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Young Parents are either expecting a baby (at least 6 months pregnant) or have a baby aged less than 12 months.

Young Parent Project offers:

  • One to one support and a personalised support plan
  • A safe, nurturing and empowering environment
  • Support to achieve individual aspirations
  • Support staff on site daily
  • A wide range of fun social activities to get involved in with your baby
  • Support to make positive changes in your life
  • Opportunities to learn about child care and development, including baby first aid and regular drop-ins from the health visitor
  • A subsidised place for your baby at Sunflower Nursery, located below the Young Parent Project
  • 8 self-contained partly furnished flats
  • Wi-Fi

Get in touch

Please contact us to find out more about the service and whether it would be suitable for you.

Young Parent Project

Our team of support workers are on site Monday– Friday every week 8.30am to 6.30pm.

We work together with you to form a plan to help you overcome any issues you have experienced and to get your life back on track so you can achieve your aspirations. We support you to make sure you get everything you can out of living at Young Parent Project and are well set up for your move to independent living.

Young Parent Project Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I stay at Young Parent Project?

The usual length of stay is around 10-14 months and when ready we help you find suitable accommodation to move on to, which is usually supplied by a the local authority housing department via an allocations system called Home Link.

What type of support will I get at Young Parent Project?

Our experienced staff will give you support tailored to your needs including:

  • Support and motivation to make positive changes
  • Support and advice about child care and child development
  • Getting into daytime activities, training, education and employment
  • Setting up home and settling in
  • Help with family relationships and making friends
  • Support to develop self-understanding, to enable recovery from issues experienced, and encouragement to develop your own personal identity
  • Life skills and becoming more independent
  • Coping skills and strategies
  • Staying safe
  • Advice and support regarding physical and mental health, diet, substance misuse, contraception, sexual health, domestic and other forms of abuse
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Advice and support to claim welfare benefits
  • Understanding tenancy agreements and obligations, and keeping your tenancy
  • Support with moving on to suitable accommodation
Are there eligibility criteria I need to meet?

You need to require and be happy to accept support to tackle issues you have experienced and help get your life back on track.

You need to be at least 6 months pregnant, or have a baby under 6 months old, and be homeless or at risk of homelessness. You need to be committed to caring for your baby and developing your parenting skills.

How do I apply for a place at Young Parent Project?

You are welcome to visit us to find out more. You can apply for a place yourself or be referred by an agency you already have contact with. We will send you an application form.

There is a paper application form for applicants or to complete. If you have no-one to help you, please contact us and we will try and assist you.

What happens once I’ve applied?

All applications and assessments are discussed at the multi-agency allocation panel and places are allocated to those considered by the Panel to be most appropriate to the level of service provided. All applicants are advised in writing of the outcome of their application and successful applicants are placed on a waiting list. The Panel will discuss alternatives with unsuccessful applicants.

Can I appeal if I don’t get offered a place?

Yes, you have the right to appeal. You or your referrer must write to the Service Manager within 14 days of receiving the rejection letter giving reasons why you think the decision was wrong. If the Service Manager thinks your application should be reconsidered, then your application will be looked at again at the next Allocation Panel meeting. If the Service Manager does not think your reasons for appealing are justified, your appeal will be passed to the Community Support Manager at CHS who will arrange an appeal hearing. You have the right to have someone with you at the appeal hearing.

How much will I have to pay to live at Young Parent Project?

You will need to pay the rent and any service charges and may be eligible for Housing Benefit towards these costs. In many cases tenants only have to pay their personal service charge for hot water, heat and light as this is not eligible for Housing Benefit. You do not have to pay for the support.

When are the support staff on site?

Mondays to Fridays, with emergency call cover at other times and over night

Meet the managers

Peter Todd-Jones

Manager

Breege Brandon

Breege Brandon

Community Support Manager

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