A celebration event to mark six years of Wigan borough’s Family Nurse Partnership, which has supported over 100 first time teenage parents, was held on Wednesday 13 December at The Start Well Centre in Ince.
The event also celebrated 10 years of the introduction of the Family Nurse Partnership programme into the UK.
Attendees at the inspirational event included the Mayor of Wigan Borough Councillor Bill Clarke, scores of local families and staff from the service, which is delivered by Bridgewater in partnership with Wigan Council.
The Family Nurse Partnership programme for first time mums under the age of 20 offers intensive and structured home visiting (weekly to fortnightly) from early pregnancy until the child is two.
It aims to improve the health of mothers and babies both in and after pregnancy and offers advice and information on everything from child health and development to employment and finance.
Jeff Ahmed, Bridgewater’s Family Nurse Supervisor in Wigan borough said:
“It’s amazing that so many families who we have helped and are currently helping have come out today to celebrate the Family Nurse Partnership. Our job as family nurses is too not only help new and expectant young mums with issues such as parenting, health, jobs, education and housing but also to encourage their self-esteem and motivation through a strength based approach so they can become the best possible parents. The ethos of the programme is to change the world one baby at a time. It is a very special service and I feel honoured to manage the team.”
Chloe Hardy, aged 20 from Hindley attended the event with her son Oliver who turns two in the new year.
She discussed how Bridgewater Family Nurse Joanne Hill has helped her.
“When I became pregnant at 18, my confidence was knocked and I thought I wouldn’t be able to do anything in life. I met Joanne from the Family Nurse Partnership team and she helped me in so many ways such as with finance and Oliver’s teething and sleeping. She also said I could achieve anything I wanted. Joanne was nice, friendly and never judgemental. I am now on a midwifery course at The University of Central Lancashire and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support from Joanne. “
The Mayor of Wigan Borough Councillor Bill Clarke added:
“I am amazed at what the Family Nurse Partnership does in this borough to help local families and the great outcomes achieved. It’s a great service; it’s very worthwhile.”
To find out more about the Family Nurse Partnership visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/ashtonleighwigan/familynursepartnership/.