As a youngster, Poppy’s early childhood was happy but then as a teenager she started hanging out with the wrong crowd.

She would run away, in some cases disappearing for weeks, misused alcohol and drugs and ended up homeless for a while. When she was 17 Poppy fell pregnant and had her daughter but was still on a downward spiral and decided that her daughter would have a better life if she lived with her Mum. In 2017 she became pregnant with her son and she knew her life had to change. She joined a Brathay programme which helps families and was supported to be a more confident parent. She’s given one-to-one support by Brathay and is feeling positive about the future. 

She has now started college, is looking after her son Jamie and is in regular contact with her daughter.  Her Brathay key worker, Vikki, keeps her moving forward by encouraging her to make decisions for herself and reminding her how far she’s come.

‘I don’t know what I would have done without the Families First programme and my key worker Vikki. It feels great to have someone in my corner so they can just listen to what I have to say.’


Watch this short video of Poppy talking about her experience with us and how we helped her to become a more confident parent: