The Child at the Centre (CATC) programme supports young mothers under 18 and babies in the 0-4 age group. Activities are delivered in safe, happy and secure spaces providing a good start for children in their very early years. The project’s aim is to improve the quality of the relationship between young mums and their children, to improve the health of young mums and their children and to reduce the feelings of isolation experienced by young mums. The CATC programme offers vital support for parents and babies in the early months and years which are key for them if they are to have a more equal chance to reach their full potential and excel as individuals.
The CATC programme activities encourage young mothers to increase personal, practical and communications skills thereby making a real and lasting difference in their lives. We know from feedback and evaluation that the project is successful in building self-esteem, reducing feelings of isolation and promoting social inclusion among young mothers and families. A listening ear service ensures access to support and information to empower and encourage. The CATC programme has built an excellent reputation and works to support referrals from health care professionals, community health teams and social agencies. Many of the mothers maintain connections with the Women Centre through the programme. Thanks to BBC Children in Need for supporting the CATC programme.
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