While schools offer education, they do not offer other supports to young mothers, such as childcare, mentoring and parenting skills, and they can be environments where young mothers feel stigmatised and marginalised (Luttrell, 2003). Welfare services may address separate issues and challenges facing young mothers, however they do not provide a wraparound service that acknowledges, understands and addresses the many and complex needs of young mothers and their babies while supporting engagement in education.
Zoe Support is a unique service model that is evidenced-based and successfully addresses the barriers young mothers experience by providing a place-based, holistic, wraparound service. Education pathways are sustained through personal study spaces, onsite childcare which encourages mother-child relationships while allowing young mothers time to study,
a culture of community connection, and mentoring support. These supports result in increased self-confidence, social inclusion and positive parenting skills.
Zoe Support’s client-driven, centralised service model gives young mothers onsite access to health and wellbeing professionals in a known environment, so young mothers feel safe and welcome. Zoe Support provides not only the essential services required for stability, positive parenting and education outcomes, but also a place of belonging and community.