Symbiosis Homes in BIRMINGHAM
Young Mothers Home.
Giving our Young mothers a new safe and homely environment with a network of support in Birmingham.
Symptoms of low level mental health issues are often missed, Therefore, as a result of non-diagnosis, or mis-diagnosis, young mothers are left to face these issues alone, and find themselves referred to social services when the problems have become more severe.
This is not a problem that is limited to any particular demographic and can, in fact, be more prevalent among seemingly successful and reasonably affluent families. In addition to the various problems arising from low-level mental health issues, a number of other problems exist that hinder the progress of young mothers. These problems surround Socio-economic standing and educational opportunities. Mainstream education struggles to engage many young people, perhaps as a result of bullying, low motivation, lack of aspiration, or inadequate or inappropriate resources. Disengaged young people then under-perform in qualifications they need to open further opportunities for progression.
All of these problems highlight what is, perhaps, the key issue: the absence of suitable support networks for young mothers, If young people cannot access adequate support, when they need it, problems are allowed to continue. Those problems then increase in severity and have an even greater social and economic impact as they persist into adulthood.
The absence of appropriate and adequate support networks is heightened in the inner city areas, where the issue of isolation is even greater. Where children have no outlet to express their feelings, or access support for the issues they face, the problems they are encountering are likely to worsen, often with serious detrimental effects to both the individual and their family and community. Appropriate support, positive engagement, sport and physical activity can all help to alleviate these issues, but without a Co-ordinated ‘joined-up’ approach, the problem is unlikely to be resolved with any long-term effect.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
Key to resolving the problems set out in the previous section are creative, adequate, appropriate and effective support accommodation networks for young mothers to engage with. Support networks will help to create an environment where young adults can succeed, feel worthy and included, and fulfill their life goals. Where those support networks provide co-ordination and joined-up cover, they will be able to directly combat the problems that lie at the heart of the issues that have been identified.
WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL THE SYMBIOSIS HOMES SOLUTION MAKE?
Providing and implementation of appropriate support networks, for young mothers and their children with an enriched experience enable them to pursue the mission of motherhood. Providing an environment where they can achieve their aspirations, a supportive and homely atmosphere, filled with tailored attention to their individual needs,education,mental health, activities and exercise, cementing good relationships – thus helping young mothers to fulfill their dreams with balance and equilibrium. We recognize the needs for supported mother and baby inner city accommodation, so we have, set up a New Birmingham Symbiosis Home to address some of the inner city accommodation with plans for more.
The difference that the Symbiosis Homes solution could make would not be limited to those young mothers directly impacted, but would cascade through families, communities, schools, workplaces and whole towns and cities, reducing exclusion, promoting inclusion, and creating a healthy environment for our children to flourish.
WHAT IS AT STAKE?
The ‘do nothing’ option would allow an already increasing problem to reach levels that could be potentially irreversible, at least in the short-to-medium term. Problems linked directly, and indirectly, mental health are on the increase, and unless action is taken to step in and support young mothers who are showing signs of low-level mental health issues, exasperated thought the Covid 19 epidemic lock-down problems will grow into bigger issues that will, potentially, place a significant strain on resources. In addition, the rise of anti-social behaviour among a disaffected and disengaged youth population is already putting police resources under pressure, and unless positive interventions are made, the problem, and the strain it creates, will increase.
Police and Community Safety Partnerships are seeing a big rise in anti-social behaviour in both town and countryside, which can, in large part, be attributed to the declining availability of suitable support services. Therefore, without the creation and implementation of new and appropriate services to support the young mothers & fathers, the incidents and effects of anti-social behaviour will only get worse. Without suitable support networks to combat both mental health issues and behavioural/educational problems, a generation of disengaged young adults will emerge. Those disengaged young adults will, in all likelihood, become disengaged adults, which will lead, not only to an immediate escalation of the issues that had manifested in their youth, but also to the onset of a generational cycle that will become increasingly difficult to break.