I felt listened to, not judged. They never turned their back on me.
The MPower service really helped me. I felt a real shift in my confidence and self-esteem.
Our YouCanBe and Mpower services are both wellbeing services for women providing support to strengthen relationships and increase self-esteem.
Our YouCanBe and Mpower services support women to take back control of their lives. Both are one-to-one and non-time limited. YouCanBe supports vulnerable young women to improve their self-esteem, relationships, and sexual and reproductive health. Mpower supports mothers whose child/ren have been removed into care.
YouCanBe is an early intervention service for vulnerable women aged 15+ who, due to complex circumstances, are struggling to create bright futures for themselves.
The risk factors that mean a young woman might benefit from YouCanBe include:
Risky sexual behaviour
An experience of being in care at any point and for any length of time
Drug or alcohol misuse
Poor mental health
Being affected by domestic abuse
Mild learning difficulties
Whatever a young woman’s story, YouCanBe supports them to build self-esteem and resilience, which reduces the risks associated with their complex circumstances. Depending in each young woman’s needs, our Practitioners can offer:
One-to-one, non-time limited support
Support to improve sexual and reproductive health, including contraception and STI screening
Relationship and sex education, including work around consent, signs of abuse, online safety, and the difference between healthy/unhealthy relationships
Support to increase self-esteem and self-worth, including work around wellbeing, mindfulness, and emotional articulacy
Signposting to other services who can help with issues such as debt, housing, or mental health
YouCanBe is available in Ipswich, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Norwich.
Mpower supports women whose child/ren have been removed into care and who want to rebuild their lives.
We build supportive relationships, so that women feel safe to address the issues that led to removal. Empathy and understanding are core to how we work, as this loss is not widely understood. In contrast, Mpower is non-judgemental.
Our Practitioners support women to:
Set and work towards personal goals
Improve emotional health and wellbeing
Improve sexual and reproductive health, including accessing contraception and STI screening
Address practical difficulties, such as housing or debt
Access other services they need—such as debt, mental health or housing—walking alongside them every step of the way
Mpower can support women who are currently in care proceedings, and can occasionally support their partners. However, the service is unable to help reunite parents with their children.
Mpower is available in Ipswich, Great Yarmouth, Norwich, King’s Lynn, and Fenland.