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Port of Tyne is continuing to support local organisation Bright Futures by extending it’s funding for a further two years. Bright Futures are currently further developing their community groups in highly deprived areas of South Tyneside to enable families of high need to access, play and learn in a safe environment.

Bright Futures are increasing their capacity to support 80 young mums and mums to be over the course of this two-year sponsorship. Increased capacity will allow Bright Futures to create more opportunities for young mums and their children to increase their social connections and build meaningful relationships with others.

Bright Futures also support young mums and their children to increase their health and wellbeing through providing education sessions and tailored programmes. These sessions are designed to encourage the young women to enter or re-enter the education system or employment. They are supported in applying for training to increase their skills in particular areas and to apply for additional funding for work items such as uniforms and work equipment, which may have previously been barrier for them moving back into education or employment.

In response to the pandemic, Bright Futures further increased their support to their young mums by holding daily virtual sessions, provision of essential emergency supplies and developed a 24/7 WhatsApp group so they could support one another.

Louise Tinkler, Director of Human Resources at Port of Tyne, commented: “We are delighted to be supporting Bright Futures for a further two years to help them to continue to develop and deliver their Young Mums and Mums to be Groups across South Tyneside. These groups provide a safe place for young mums and their children to come together to build strong relationship with others in their community and the difference they make is fantastic.”

Ruth Hobson, Project Worker at Bright Futures, commented: “Thank you so much to the Port of Tyne for their funding which has enabled us to continue to support local young mums and mums-to-be through challenging times in their lives.”

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