Christmas came early for young parents and their children in Wigan after the local Family Nurse Partnership held their annual festive party.
The merry occasion, held at Ince Start Well Centre earlier this week, brought around a dozen families together to take part in fun activities, receive advice and support from the family nurses and celebrate their achievements.
The Family Nurse Partnership is a programme for first time mothers under the age of 20 – offering intensive and structured home visiting, delivered by specially trained nurses, from early pregnancy until the child is two.
The Family Nurse Partnership, run by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) helps mums have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child’s health and development and plan their own futures.
Leah Galvin, aged 18, a first time mum from Abram, said: “I’ve had an extremely tough time over the past 12 months, but if it wasn’t for my family and the Family Nurse Partnership, I don’t know how I would have got through it all.
“They’ve been incredible and there for me throughout. Having a baby is such a life-changing moment, but the best decision I’ve ever made. My four-month-old son, Billy Junior is such a happy little boy and a big reason for that is the support the nurses have given me.”
Councillor Jenny Bullen, Wigan Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Services, paid a visit to the party, meeting the nurses, Leah and the other families.
Jeff Ahmed, Family Nurse Supervisor added: “The Family Nurse Partnership works towards improving maternal and child health, economic security, child development and safeguarding.
“The partnership enables young parents to develop positive relationships, self-confidence and understanding the needs of their child, as well as making choices that will give their child the best possible start in life.”
For more information, visit www.wwl.nhs.uk and type in ‘Family Nurse Partnership’ in the search bar.
Alternatively you can call 01942 482475.