Young South Shields parents have their new skills celebrated

Young parents at the event with the Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia.
Young parents at the event with the Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia.

Young parents have had their new skills recognised with a celebration event.

Eight people who signed up to three courses supported by support group Places for People have been handed certificates from the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Richard and Patricia Porthouse.

The courses have helped build their confidence

Angela Allen

The presentation was part of a celebration event to mark the group completing its courses in first aid, photography and baby massage.

All eight parents are part of Whitehead Street Young Parents Project in Tyne Dock, South Shields, which is an eight-bed supported accommodation service for young parents aged between 16 and 25 years old.

Angela Allen, scheme manager, said: “The courses were an opportunity for the young parents to develop their child life-saving skills, which will go on to benefit them and their children.

“Everyone who took part said they really enjoyed the courses and have learned a lot from them.

“It has helped build their confidence as well as their social and parenting skills.

“It was really nice for the Mayor and Mayoress to come down as it has given them a real sense of achievement.”

The project helps young parents to increase their confidence and life skills. Tenants have a self-contained flat with onsite creche facilities. Four more properties have also been acquired by the project, keen to hear from young dads.

Coun Porthouse, said: “It was wonderful to visit the Places for People project and add my congratulations to the young parents who have successfully completed courses.”