Tom came to Romsey Mill antenatal classes with his partner, extremely apprehensive about becoming a parent. He was unemployed and living in a one-bedroomed flat with his partner. Antenatal classes helped to prepare Tom for the birth. But the session that had the greatest impact dealt with issues like, ‘How can I provide for my family when I don’t have a job?’ He said, ‘The Young Fathers’ Worker has helped me to deal with stress and by being someone to talk to.’
Since the birth of the baby, Tom came regularly to groups at Romsey Mill. The Young Fathers Worker supported him in his search for work and with the Family Nurse Partnership we addressed the family’s practical needs. Tom started full- time work and the family moved into a two-bedroomed house.