Project information

Supporting Destitute Mums to Independent Living

To provide supported accommodation with nurturing care and development to vulnerable four young mums or pregnant young women, aged 18-25, who have been rendered homeless and referred to Radcliffe Road Mother & Baby Unit.

7 months

Charity information

Caritas Diocese Of Salford

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  • Need


    This project will help prevent babies being unnecessarily being taken into care; in the last 15 months we have had 8 young mums, who, if they hadn’t come to BYPS, would have been at serious risk of having their child removed. We have had 2 admitted from giving birth at hospital. In these cases, the child would have gone to foster placement, had a room not been available.


    Young mothers who are referred to Bolton Young Parents Service will live in bedsit type rooms in a residential house, with their babies. They are encouraged to live independent lives, within a controlled, nurturing environment enabled by experienced support workers who work 24/7. They will be guided into healthy routines and taught basic cooking, financial, health and personal skills to help them in their ultimate move to independence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To fund 4 women during their stay at Radcliffe Road Mother & Baby Unit (average stay 30 weeks)


    » Facilities are already in place, but are totally dependent on us raising sufficient funds.

    Four girls will be accommodated, nurtured and supported until they are signed off as ready to move into independent living.

  • Impact


    The lives of each girl and her baby will be transformed. We will track the performance of each girl and monitor their progress to independent living. We will work with outreach workers to gain feedback on the success of girls who have moved on.


    All risks have been assessed.


    Feedback on the four girls and their progress through their key learning points during the duration of their stay.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,204

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,051 Mother & Baby 1 Funding gap for the duration of stay of one mother and baby
      £3,051 Mother & Baby 2 Funding gap for the duration of stay of one mother and baby
      £3,051 Mother & Baby 3 Funding gap for the duration of stay of one mother and baby
      £3,051 Mother & Baby 4 Funding gap for the duration of stay of one mother and baby
  • Background


    Bolton has a population of approximately 140,000, situated in the North West of England in Greater Manchester Region.

    In 2013, it was the 48th most deprived area nationally.
    The town also has the lowest average wages compared to elsewhere in Greater Manchester.
    A study published by the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission has revealed 92 per cent of areas in the borough saw an increase in deprivation between 2007 and 2010.


    Vulnerable young women aged between 16-25 who are pregnant or have children less than 2 years old, referred by social services or housing authority.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The home in Radcliffe Road has been open since 1989 to look after young mothers and their babies. It is a welcoming home within a leafy suburb just a short walk from Bolton Centre. The house is well arranged, having ten private living areas with kitchen units and communal bathrooms and living room areas. The staff are on site 24/7 to provide the support and care that the girls might require. They are experienced key support workers who help the girls to transition to independent living.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Judith Dudgeon

    Judith manages the Service; welcoming new girls, advancing their support plan with Social Services and helping them to move to independent living.

If it wasn't for Bolton Young Parents Service, I would definitely be on the streets and my baby would be in care.

'Julie' - Previous Resident