Y Assist – Supported Housing for Young Mothers

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The President’s Trust is aware that a nucleus of young pregnant women and young mothers require attention and assistance to be able to take charge of their lives and aim for a brighter future for their offspring.

Through discussions with various stakeholders, it came to be understood that some young mothers required not only temporary accommodation to be able to move out of abusive relationships and other at-risk situations but would benefit from a personal lifeskills programme that would equip them to lead an independent life.

In its design of its project to target this phenomenon, The President’s Trust sought the experience and expertise of an English charity that has been providing similar service in the UK for several years. Life Charity UK is supporting The President’s Trust with technical expertise in the development of this programme and in the future evaluation of our work in Malta.

This initiative will be providing semi-independent accommodation in the community where identified pregnant women/young mothers may be offered to enter into an agreement for a maximum period of a year, during which they will be assisted by psychosocial staff and family mentors. Eligible participants for this initiative are pregnant women/mothers who require low to medium support who are willing and ready to follow a lifeskills programme.

The President’s Trust has entered into partnership with St. Jean Antide Foundation, who will operate this initiative on the ground and who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in supporting vulnerable families. St. Jean Antide Foundation has also put a house in the Southern part of Malta for use for the pilot-phase of this project and which will accommodate three mothers. The President’s Trust has also a first sponsorship for a rental of a second property. The President’s Trust aims to have a network of four properties for this initiative by the end of 2018.

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