Esther Allen is volunteer director of Spark Centre in Burntwood who needed funding to start some services for families in the area.

Esther explained that because of a lack of funding for things like breastfeeding services, new parents in the Burntwood area had no access to much needed help.

She applied for a YouCan grant to help set up Midday Mayhem – a group to help young parents. This group is flourishing, with the money being spent on much needed resources including cooking ingredients and recipes to help everyone learn about healthy eating.

Since the success of Midday Mayhem they have now applied for additional funding that has enabled them to launch other groups for families at the centre including Spark Bumps (for pregnant parents), Spark Babies (to help new parents avoid isolation once their babies are born) and funding has also helped them set up the Bistro breast feeding group.

Esther says that the funding has really helped and a great thing to come out it is that a lot of the people who have used the facilities now volunteer, with some of them leading groups. The funding has enabled them to learn new skills and has paid for training in things like health and hygiene, safeguarding and breastfeeding peer support training.

Thanks to YouCan these groups are now thriving and doing really well. Find out more by watching the video below: