FNP is 10 Years Old
FNP is 10 Years Old
Family Nurse Partnership celebrates 10 years in Tower Hamlets
The Family Nurse Partnership service was first introduced in England in 2007 after having been developed and delivered in the USA. It proves to be the most effective preventative early years programme for improving the health and development for young, vulnerable families.
Tower Hamlets was one of the pilot sites initiated to deliver the service and have since completed over 16,000 home visits, helped more than 500 families and seen almost 500 babies born to parents on the programme, a fantastic achievement! A community event was held locally to celebrate ‘FNP Week’ which was a great opportunity for the team to showcase their hard work over the last decade, catch up with families and colleagues (past and present).
Parents, children (and staff!) enjoyed a variety of fun activities such as; face painting, arts and crafts, balloon modelling and soft play with plenty of food and drink, including a birthday cake. The team treated the guests to a special dance performance and we had some guest speakers share their experiences during the event.
Throughout the day, 30 families and over 30 FNP babies joined in the celebrations, helping it to be the biggest celebration nationwide. The event’s success is a testament to the hard work the family nurses have done with many young families in the borough.
|Local Councillor for Education and Children’s Services, Amy Whitelock-Gibbs shared her own personal experiences of being a first-time mother. She spoke of the daunting and often overwhelming aspects of parenthood and the necessity of having a strong support network to hand, which is what the FNP aims to provide.|
|Pip O’Byrne from the National FNP Unit praised the fantastic work of the Tower Hamlets team and the significance of their stability in providing this. She helped to coin the ethos of the service by stating: ‘being a young mum doesn’t stop you achieving in life’|
‘Being a mother should make you feel invincible, not invisible.’ Fateha Begum, FNP Graduate
‘It’s easy to support the staff here in Tower Hamlets because they are such a fabulous team’ Lucy Marks, CEO Compass Wellbeing
‘In FNP, that really intensive support over two years, personal support to you and your family, is absolutely critical’ Amy Whitelock-Gibbs, Councillor- Education and Children's services
‘You are a great voice for showing people how being a young mum doesn’t stop you achieving in life.’ Pip O'Byrne, about the service users