Wednesday 4th December, 2019

Leona's Story

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"Hope. Your gift, our presence": Christmas Appeal 2019

Leona's story

Leona (not her real name) was first told about Romsey Mill by her midwife when she was 18 weeks pregnant and living with her parents and boyfriend. She broke up with her boyfriend after a domestic abuse incident, shortly before her baby was born.

Ongoing domestic abuse with her ex and the involvement of social care had a significant detrimental impact on Leona’s mental health; and her anxiety meant that she has unable to leave home and didn’t attend antenatal sessions or any other groups and activities for her and her baby. A few months later she became homeless.

Throughout this time, although Leona wasn’t engaging with any other support, Romsey Mill’s Young Parents worker, Judith, maintained contact and continued to support and encourage her. Judith helped get Leona into a permanent home and getting it furnished; she also helped with practical parenting skills for Leona, as well supporting her to a better understanding of what healthy relationships look like.

Leona had still been unable to go out to attend groups, but with Judith’s persevering reassurance and support, her confidence and mental health improved. Months later, Leona attended her first Romsey Mill group for young parents.

 Since then she has been a regular attender of various Romsey Mill sessions including: Babies and Buddies, Little Millers and a self-esteem course, called Shine.

Leona said: “The team at Romsey Mill make you feel comfortable and give you that little bit more of a reason to do well for your little ones. Judith has been bloody brilliant and seen me go through breakdown to where I am today. She’s never given up on me and saw the potential I didn’t realise I had.”

“Thank you for not giving up on me and my daughter and getting us to where we are today. In our very first home, walking to attend the Shine course and accomplishing all I was so terrified of.”

 

"HOPE. Your gift, our presence."

Romsey Mill Christmas Appeal 2019

 Nearly one in five young people disagree with the statement that life is ‘really worth living’.* For them hope is fragile.

 Throughout the year, the team at Romsey Mill is present and alongside many disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, in places across Cambridge city, South Cambridgeshire and in Hampton, Peterborough.

 Across all of Romsey Mill’s work, our presence with young people and families helps them to:

• Overcome isolation and challenge

• Develop relationships and skills

• Grow more resilient communities and

• Build hope for their future.

 

 How you can help

 Making a donation this Christmas would help us to maintain our presence with vulnerable young people and families in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and help them have real hope for their future.

 Any donation that you can make will help to make a positive impact the lives of all those with whom we work. Thank you!

 Donate to our Christmas Appeal