Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Teenage Mams Rise to Challenge; Duke of Edinburgh Awards Presented to Young Parents

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Teenage Mams Rise to Challenge; Duke of Edinburgh Awards Presented to Young Parents

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Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL

TEENAGE mams from our region have been praised for tackling some of their toughest challenges yet.

Nine girls from North Tyneside's Young Mothers' Unit have just completed the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze programme and received their awards at a special ceremony yesterday.

Their success is particularly exceptional as the young mums, aged between 15 and 18, were responsible for their babies throughout the tasks, which included an overnight expedition.

North Tyneside's Young Mothers' Unit is rated "outstanding" by government inspectors Ofsted for the specialist education it provides for girls who are pregnant or have young children.

Earlier this year, the girls from the unit were specially invited by the Duke of Edinburgh charity to take part in the challenge.

Margaret Lacey, teacher in charge at the unit, said: "This has been an amazing opportunity for the girls and their success is particularly impressive because their babies have been with them along the way.

"I have seen the girls' confidence grow enormously as they've bravely broken down barriers and embraced the challenges of the unknown."

The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award has four elements to it; volunteering, skills, physical and a twoday expedition.

The youngsters have been involved in a range of activities over the last nine months to build their experience in each element, including developing craft skills to make items to sell, and expanding on life skills such as first aid and cooking. They've also been slowly building up their fitness levels in preparation for their two-day walking expedition - sometimes with their babies on board in harnesses. …

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