Streatham parents’ charity adopts MP as patron

Chuka Umunna, Member of Parliament for Streatham, has been appointed a patron of local charity St Michael’s Fellowship.

The Streatham-based charity, which was recently featured in an edition of BBC documentary programme Panorama, does outreach work with young parents, helps them develop parenting skills and offering them free advice and support.

Local young parents aged 24 and under are given help and one-to-one support by St Michael’s Fellowship with sexual health, finding work and housing and addressing domestic abuse. The charity, which was set up in 1903, also runs support groups for young parents and activities for marginalized young fathers to take part in with their children.

Its work with young men focuses on the multiple problems which often face young fathers and which impact on their parenting. In the past two years, St Michael’s has reconnected more than 100 fathers with their children locally.

The Panorama programme ‘Britain’s Missing Dads’ which was broadcast last month, focussed on the charity’s young fathers’ programme and looked into the stereotyping of young fathers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

However, St Michael’s Young Parents Outreach Programme is currently under threat from government funding cuts and is seeking to expand its fundraising.

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP said: “St Michael’s Fellowship does fantastic work in my constituency and beyond, and I am proud to have been appointed a Patron of the charity.”

“The outreach support which St Michael’s Fellowship provides for young parents makes a real difference to the lives of both parent and child and has a positive impact on society at large.”