A new parenthood resource for young Scots – created by a group of young people who are also parents – is being launched today.
Supported by the Scottish Government’s project funding for the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund, the group, called ‘Ping,’ have been working with Young Scot to create digital resources that meet the needs of their peers, as both parents and as young people in Scotland today.
The new Ping digital resource cover topics such as relationships, health and wellbeing, social isolation as well as information to tackle the stigma faced by young people who have started a family. The group have also created information on employment, housing and finance and how to access discounts to help family budgets.
All the topics were identified by the young people involved in Ping as priorities for new parents or as gaps in the current information available to them and their peers. Working together, the group have developed new videos, articles and interactive content to make the parenthood resources accessible and relevant to other young people who are parents.
The content is available from the Young Scot website at young.scot/ping, Young Scot and Ping social media channels. The project will continue throughout 2018, the Year of Young People, with new content being released throughout the year.
Ping member Hannah, 20, from Stirlingshire said “After the first meeting I totally fell in love with the project, I love sharing my experiences and doing anything can to help other people. The resource itself, I think, will be enormously helpful to young parents.
“Finding out that you’re expecting a baby at a young age can be quite scary, and there’s so little information and material available to young parents out there. Ping is going to have a wealth in resources and it will all be in the one place. Hopefully, all of our information will find those who seek it.”
Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd said: “Promoting positive attitudes to our young parents and providing high quality, accurate information are an important part of our Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy. I’m pleased to see the development of this important resource for young parents, by young parents.”
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said, “Many parents are young people too and it’s important we do everything we can to support them into parenthood. The young people involved in Ping have done a wonderful job to create brand new resources that will be extremely valuable other young people.”
The next steps for Ping are to work with more young fathers, create additional discounts to help young people who are parents and to involve more young people in the production of information content. The group hope that the resources are used by groups working with new parents to help them make the transition into parenthood.
You can find Ping content at – young.scot/ping