Fiona Small | Award Finalist 2015

Fiona Small is the passionate founder of Young Mums Support Network (est. 2011). She diligently channels her efforts towards engaging and empowering young women and mothers from deprived communities to help make informed decisions about their lifestyles and relationships. The organisation provides a range of support services from family mediation to training and qualifications along with childcare support. YMSN currently provides two main programs ‘Ladies Lunch’ and ‘Ready Steady Work’.

As a mother herself, inspired by the London riots, Fiona dedicated herself to creating radical change in her community and in a very short space of time successfully established the First CRG (CustomerRepresentative Group) in the borough of Southwark. Fiona has strategically partnered with DWP and JCP along with Metropolitan Housing Association to help support those who will be impacted by the welfare reform. She has been invited to number 10 Downing Street in 2014, She has also appeared on the BBC Apprentice Final (2014) been a guest speaker at schools and academies, interviewed by the BBC, The Voice Newspaper and featured in the Guardian Online newspaper and was invited to the Ministry of Justice head office. Fiona sits on the South London Neighbourhood committee for L&Q Housing Association who have very much supported Young Mums Support Network since its inception in 2011. Fiona has received two awards for her dedication to the community Her goal is to take Young Mums Support Network nationally across the UK.

Fiona says ‘Helping young mothers is a cause close to my heart,’ ‘I want to see effective transformation in communities, as well as schools and homes. I strongly believe in child protection and want to know I am doing all I can to raise awareness and make a difference.’ ‘Fiona is a breath of fresh air; she is positive and full of hope and passion. Her determination to awaken women to overcome hardship, heal disappointment and design a different way of living is overwhelming. She is shaping and changing young lives for the benefit of our children’s children.’

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