What's Going On
Our weekly groups for young mums are a great place for you to make friends and share the experience of being a mum. Activities include;
Arts and crafts
Learning new skills
Planning for your future
Along with our mums’ groups, we have free children’s groups for babies and children under five.
The children can make friends and have fun, in a safe and caring group.
There are also lots of activities for mums and children together, like swimming and messy play.
We want to make sure you can get the help you need as a young dad.
dads’ workers offer:
Help for dads with practical parenting and skills
Help for dads who want to spend more time with their children
Help for dads to deal with other services
Help and advice for mums and dads
Our friendly WILD workers can give you one-to-one support with things like;
Money and debt
College, work and volunteering
They can also come and visit you at home or in your local community.
Our Core Service
Cornwall Council funds our groups and outreach service, as part of their commitment to helping young parent families.
WILD works closely with Cornwall Council children’s services. This includes Family Hubs, Early Help and Social Services. We run our WILD groups from Family Hubs, so that young parents and their children can use all the other services there.
We believe that by working with Cornwall Council, we can offer better support for young families.
Building Futures Project
Our Building Futures project helps young mums whose children have safeguarding plans, or who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care
Our Caseworkers work one-to-one with young mums to give them a voice when working with agencies and support them to build on skills for more positive futures.
We work with vulnerable young parents who may struggle with understanding safeguarding processes and are reluctant to work with agencies.
Our aim is to:
enable young parents to understand and have a voice through social work and care
build resilience and self esteem
help young parents understand how they have reached this point
encourage parents to reflect on past experiences
address negative issues and work on changing negative habits
work on healthy boundaries
work on responsibilities for their children (in their care and removed)
work with partner agencies and ensure all support services are working together effectively
work on other life skills to ensure they work towards building a happy, healthy life
engage young parents with community activities to widen their support network
Music Makes Me Happy
WILD's Music Makes Me Happy project works with young parents and their children across Cornwall.
We offer transformative music experiences, ranging from Early Years music sessions, to our WILD choir of young parents.
We want to improve music participation for children whose start in life is often complex and difficult, and to use music to forge more positive family relationships.
Our passion is to encourage our WILD young families to experience the joy of making music together and help to develop skills, confidence and leadership.
Our WILD Change project uses arts to help young parents to understand and cope with complex life experiences, and improve future life aspirations. Young parents explore and learn from the past, start to make healthier choices, gain skills to create a safe home space, and create their own plan for a better future.
Our arts programme focuses on what change is, and the events that have happened in our young mums lives that have affected them today. Together we look at things that are possible to change, and how we could change them. These fun art workshops involve making scrapbooks and creating a way of positively re-framing past situations, lino prints of what change would look like, mirrors of change (so change can be viewed on a daily basis), and the setting of new goals and aspirations.
"I felt like all the negative things in my life were holding me back and was not allowing me to move forward with certain situations.
Doing this project has made me realise that things do change good and bad but no matter what you WILL come out the other side. It has really helped me recognise certain things in my life.
It has helped me a lot!!"
"It’s made me feel positive."
"This project has helped me to believe in myself."
Our Healthy Start project aims to help young parents with the transition to becoming a new parent. We support young parents to:
Make a healthy start to family life for young parents and their babies
Set up a safe and independent first home
Improve support networks
Improve confidence to access support services
Infant Mental Health
Our Infant Mental Health Project aims to make the following differences for babies and toddlers:
Improved mental health and wellbeing, and positive attachment with their primary carer
improved verbal and non-verbal development, enabling children to be better ready for school in the future
increased parental understanding of risk and protective behaviours, with reduced risk of illness and accident
This new work will give young parents and their babies and toddlers opportunities to build positive relationships through:
connecting with others
creating and playing
WILD's First Steps project offers family-based help for babies and toddlers who experience increased risk.
Our First Steps workers help families, in groups and in the family home, to build healthy, happy, safe routines into their daily family life.
We help with feeding, sleep issues, home safety, play activities, coping with behaviour, helping children learn, and building loving bonds between parents and children.