A little bit of something different..
The truth of the story is i am trying desperately to get my little voice heard, somewhere out in the wide wide abyss and this seemed a good way to try and begin.
I won't waste any time going into too much detail about my reasons on my first post other than i started out in Bristol 3 years ago with no friends, no home and a baby, so lets jump right in as i start to tread water in dangerous sea's.....i know what i am about to broach is going to bring up alot of debate and i guess to a certain degree thats a positive but i need to state now that i am not here to do anything other than try and form some help for Mummys, particularily single parents who are out of work as thats where i started my journey.
I guess what im trying to say is i AM on benefits, so i am unemployed but i have had a tremendous amount of help since i had my baby, within the community of Fishponds, Sure Start and Coffee Plus being the two main sources of support and all i want to do now is be another arm for them to lean on and be apart of something great that gets Mummys moving again. Currently i'm involved in putting together a Young Mums group in the area where i want to do talks and have specialists come in and make as many Mothers aware of the services offered to them and most importantly try and help them get back on the career path, lets get rid of the stigma,as alot of Mums, like myself just don't know how to even begin going back to work, especially with the benefits system being the way it is currently.
I'd love to just write and hope that im giving out information for other single parents(Dads are obviously included in all of this) as i feel there is a massive niche for this kind of advice, there are so many opportuinites, such as the Sure Start Centres, Vlountary courses, college courses and so much more but like i found there is a lack of the middle man pointing you in the right direction, also being a single parent can be one of the most isolated,lonely jobs you could ever do and to be able to read and see that someone else has done it and is doing it just like you are can be the most comforting feeling.
I hope this reaches even just one person, my dream is to have a column one day where i can provide support and advice but for now i've dipped my toe and will be holding my breath.