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Bumping up support for young mothers

A NEW program is seeking to give young mothers a much-needed bump in support and confidence.

Spearheaded by Raise Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation running best practice youth mentoring programs, ‘Bump’ is a mentoring program that offers parenting advice, skills and social support for young mums under the age of 23.

Raise Foundation is currently recruiting volunteers in Hobart to mentor out of The Haven on Thursday’s from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Program counsellor Rebecca Glorie said Bump was a “truly unique” program.

“It is different to other parenting groups in that the young mums have the support of a mentor to welcome them, chat with them and guide them,” she said.

“We offer advice on budgeting, legal rights, education, employment and much more.

“But is it also fun with themed workshops including activities such as scrapbooking, cooking, arts and crafts.”

Bump is free to attend and has experienced babysitters on hand to ensure the young mums can get some much-needed time for themselves.

Food and drink is also provided.

Raise Foundation is urgently seeking mentors over the age of 25 who have children of their own and can spare two hours a week during school terms two and three.

Volunteers will need a valid working with children and national crime check.

Free youth mentoring will be provided on 13 and 14 February to ensure they have the skills to make a difference to a young person’s life.

Bump already runs in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, and there are hopes the program will expand across Tasmania.

“The goal is to ensure our young mums feel connected, supported and keen to return,” Ms Glorie said.

For more information or to apply, visit raise.org.au/volunteer.

Caption: Bump mentor Karine Caudell, left, with Arihia [last name withheld for privacy] and her child.

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