A group of young mothers have opened up about the struggles they face and the challenges they’re overcoming as they raise their children.
Kindred Clothing is a community project led by charity Front Lounge and hosted by the Bringing up Baby group, the project aims to help build up the skills, confidence and networks of vulnerable young families by supporting parents under the age of 20.
The project has been shortlisted for a £50,000 grant from the National Lottery’s People’s Projects and in a video explaining what they had been through, they encouraged people to vote for them.
Jess Brankin said she was 15 when she became a mum.
“From being a fourth year in probably the poshest high school, it was Grove Academy, I was so scared, life changed dramatically,” she said.
“I went from being a teenager who hid in my room to being a mum and all I heard was you threw your life away, you’ve had your kid too young. I was like ‘no’.”
Chloe Meldrum added: “Being a young mum isn’t what people think it is, ‘oh I’m going to be a young mum to get money or jump on the bandwagon and have a child’.”
– You can vote for Kindred Clothing until midday Monday 30th April at frontlounge.org/kindredclothing/