A week before the Corona virus starting keeping us all apart, we brought almost a hundred women and girls together! Each year we have a big celebration of our work, the women and girls who attend all of our projects come along, we invite funders and other professionals that we work alongside from across the city. It’s always an emotional, inspirational and fun event, and this year was no different.
You may remember that last year our project for young mums from South Leeds ‘YUMs’ worked together with The Tetley. The women and children attended some fab sessions with them, with a focus on creative play. Sessions included things like den making, hand moulding and t-shirt printing.
The partnership aimed to build connections between The Tetley and families in the local area and it did just that, with the women returning to run their own sessions.
A video about this partnership has now been released, featuring our very own Tayba and the lovely YUMs women.
Check it out here –
The Tetley and Women’s Health Matters are delivering a new project for young mums and their children, funded by the Building Connections Youth strand (Government and Co-op Foundation). The Tetley believes that everyone should have access to life changing experiences, make new friends with shared interests and take part in activities designed to raise aspirations. Their building however was an underused community resource and space for young mums and their children living in South Leeds.
“The activities we did I really really loved, my daughter got so much from it and it even made me look into Tiny Tetleys and the workshop she does at Leeds market”
The Tetley has regular free and accessible family friendly activity, but needed the funding to help to pilot breaking through the barriers to access and bring young mums together. Young mums are often isolated in the community and The Tetley wanted to combat loneliness and offer a fun space for them and their children.
“Honestly we had the best time, the way Jenny Anne just fit right in with us, coped with our mood swings and really welcomes us was amazing!”
They approached Womens Health Matters to partner with then as we have a rich history of engaging with women and girls, 13 plus, working with them to shape and develop new services. We co-worked to bring together a group of young mums to engage in informal messy play workshops for mums and under 5’s, initially community based, and then to attend The Tetley’s popular Tiny Tetley sessions at their fantastic South Leeds building.
“It’s been fantastic and having extra YUMs has really helped a lot of us to socialise a bit more and we are arranging to go in the school holidays on Thursday at the market (another of Jenny Anne’s sessions)”
As you can see the women have had a fab time getting creative with Jenny Anne, having a go at activities like messy time t-shirt making for children, creative clay and den making. The creativity was both therapeutic and fun and it gave the mums a chance to be hands on with the children giving them ideas for their own activities at home.
The mums have negotiated with the Tetley to go back, and run self directed sessions, using the room and resources kindly provided by the Tetley. We wanted families who haven’t previously accessed The Tetley before to join in with their amazing family days, so to hear that the women are planning on going together again is great. We are looking forward to further developing our relationship with The Tetley…..watch this space!
YUMs is a fortnightly friendship, social and support group for mums aged 25 and under living in LS10 and LS11. It’s a safe, fun and lively space where we cover different topics each session. Recently we’ve had One YOU come in to talk about healthy eating and the services they provide; screening awareness by the NHS and also SARSVL (Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds) covering sessions on consent and how to prevent sexual assault. During the SARSVL session the group really enjoyed the Tea Consent clip with its powerful message.
The sessions we have coming up include things like pottery painting and First Aid. We usually meet fortnightly on a Monday 12pm-2pm in Middleton unless otherwise stated in the group and have a closed Facebook page where the mums continue to support each other. There is a free Crèche and we provide free transport and lunch.
We currently have space for new group members so if you’re interested or know a mum who’s under 25 living in LS10/11 that would like to join us, please get in touch!