Publish date: 23 May 2024

A Tameside service for young parents marked its ninth birthday at an event in Hyde last week.

The Family Nurse Partnership offers support for first-time young mums and their families, available from mum’s first scan to their child’s second birthday.

Commissioned by Tameside Council, the specially-trained nurses offer holistic support and signposting to a whole host of services, from housing to peer support groups.

Held at Hyde Town Hall, the event brought Family Nurse Partnership nurses together with parents and their babies to celebrate another successful year.

They were joined by organisations and support groups, from breastfeeding to Dads Matter, who help service users navigate life as young parents.

Alison Goodall, Family Nurse Partnership Supervisor, said: “It is great to be able to get our nurses, young parents and their babies together to celebrate another successful year.

“This is a vital service for young parents in Tameside. A lot of our nurses visit once a week, so are able to really get to know our young parents, and offer personalised care and support.

“Our nurses walk the journey with the families and help make sure their babies get the best start in life.”

Scarlett Spencer Salem.jpgOne new mum who has benefitted from the service is Scarlett, 17, pictured with baby Salem and her brother, Spencer.

Scarlett has been supported by one of our Family Nurses, Catherine Connor, and was full of praise for Catherine’s help and support from the beginning of her pregnancy.

Scarlett said: “When I met Catherine, she made me feel very comfortable and I could talk to her about anything. She didn’t make me feel judged. She’s helped me with everything around my pregnancy, learning everything I need to know about Salem.

“She was determined that I would be a good mum and helped me with things it felt like other people pushed away.”

Find out more about the Family Nurse Partnership on the Tameside and Glossop NHS ICFT website.