Easy Peasy Pods, YMCA Suffolk – WINNER
We offer supported accommodation to young parents and know how hard it is being homeless – a real issue for parents who face their child being taken into care.
However, living in a hostel environment takes its toll on the young parents and they feel they have no sense of belonging. To support young parents, we launched the Easy Peasy Pods programme which develops social and educational needs through a home learning environment and makes living in supported accommodation with a child more rewarding.
Each six week programme focuses on activities around a book, including outdoor play, singing, dancing and more.
There is also an opportunity within the year for participants to attend paediatric first aid training.
Each parent and child receives a fun resource pack which includes a book, activity ideas and sensory activities for those who are younger. We believe by providing parents with a pack they will be able to use to continue to engage their child in learning right through nursery and primary school.
The outcome of the project helps to develop a positive home learning environment. We have seen so many parents and children benefiting from the programme and it is lovely to see them engaging and socialising together.