Romsey Mill, the Cambridge-based charity for young people and families, organised and hosted a Health Fair aimed at young parents aged under-25: studies show a link between early pregnancy and parenthood and poor health and social outcomes.
Professionals representing twelve organisations had stands at the event and were on hand to give information, advice and guidance on health, housing and benefits. Dominic, from City Council Housing Services said that it was a great way to engage with young families and help them to think ahead about their housing needs. Oraphin was there to publicise NHS chlamydia screening and valued the chance to talk to so many young families who might not otherwise access this service.
Over forty young people enjoyed the stalls, health quizzes and Judith’s Juicy Juice Bar - promoting healthy eating and drinking. A prize draw finished the afternoon with lots of health-promoting goodies to choose from.
Young mum Sophie said, ‘It’s great because there’s so much information. You think you know a lot but there’s much more here. And it’s fun.’
Rachel Briant, Young Parents Programme Coordinator at Romsey Mill and the Fair’s organiser, was pleased with how the event had run: ‘It was great to see so many young mums and dads at the event and getting really good advice and information from professionals.’