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Opportunities for young parents in Kwinana

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Opportunities for young parents in Kwinana 10 July 2013

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

The Hon Gary Gray MP Member for Brand

Young mums and dads in Kwinana are embracing education and training opportunities following their participation in a range of local parenting and support programs delivered with the support of the Australian Government.

Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas and local Member of Federal Parliament, Gary Gray today met with staff and participants of one of these programs - the Nurturing and Parenting Program for Youth (NAPPY), which is run by Ngala.

"NAPPY is giving young parents confidence by providing opportunities for them to gain life and parenting skills," Senator McLucas said.

"There is great feedback coming out of this program from the participants. Parents are connecting more with their children and they have positive outlook for the future.

"Investing in these young people means giving them a chance to become more independent and able to support their family's health and wellbeing."

Senator McLucas said it is particularly pleasing to see the way in which a range of agencies are working together to provide integrated parenting support for young parents in Kwinana, and surrounding area.

There is a close connection between NAPPY and the Australian Government funded Helping Young Parents into Education initiative operating at the Gilmore College.

Helping Young Parents into Education was one of five community projects sharing more than $1.3 million in the second round of Local Solutions Fund grants recently announced.

Mr Gray said these are innovative programs which are meeting the needs of the young mums and achieving great outcomes for them and their children.

"The work being done on a local level here in Kwinana, with support from the Australian Government, is making a real difference in people's lives. The improved linkages and referral pathways are benefiting young parents in the region," Mr Gray said.

The team at the Gilmore College are providing childcare for eligible young parents returning to study.

"Childcare has consistently been identified as a barrier to young parents taking up study, so for these young parents to have their children on site with them as they attend classes is a practical way for them to achieve their goals," he said.

Jenna is a participant in the Helping Young Parents into Education initiative.

Jenna had reached a low point in her life and was struggling with anxiety issues. She was keen to get back into study couldn't fathom the thought of being in a mainstream TAFE environment.

With the support provided at Gilmore College, Jenna began a Certificate III in Education Support while her daughter was cared for at the crèche on site.

"I managed to complete my Certificate III in 3 months, am now doing my Certificate IV and looking into uni for next year; none of which would be possible without these facilities."

Mr Gray said these programs are about empowering young parents to become independent.

"I congratulate these young people for working towards their goals and continuing education because being a young parent can be really tough, both financially and emotionally.