How I Got Back to My Future: Why I Designed the Young Mums Programme

By Kim Trotter, Eastern Enterprise Hub Learning Manager

When I had my son I experienced many emotions, joy, fear, trepidation, probably the same emotions that any first time mum goes through. 

When I had my son I experienced many emotions, joy, fear, trepidation, probably the same emotions that any first time mum goes through. But added to that maelstrom was a heavy dose of shame. I felt judged by everyone, because I was a 19-year-old single mum and in the Britain of 1988 that really wasn’t good.

The media and the government of the time decried me.

I had a child because I was immoral. I had a child to get a council house. I had a child to sponge of the state. I had given birth to a juvenile delinquent who would contribute to the breakdown of the morals and fabric of our society.

It was a tough time to be a young single mum, and being the sensitive type I took it all to heart. It heaped anxiety onto me at what was already a very anxious time.

Fast-forward 27 years and really, it has been okay, more than okay.

My son is a kind, caring, clever, funny articulate young man. He has achieved his dream of being a professional footballer and I couldn’t be more proud.

In those 27 years I worked for the council, completed a degree bought a house, worked as an FE lecturer and head of department, travelled around South East Asia, joined the Eastern Enterprise Hub and loads more-too much to mention here.

I didn’t do it alone, I had an amazingly supportive family and friends who helped me realise my ambitions, but from the wider world it was all stick and no carrot.

There was really nothing to encourage or help. Which is why, when given an opportunity, I was so keen to develop a programme of support for young mums at the Eastern Enterprise Hub.  

Back to Your Future is helping to fill a need that, sadly, still exists.

It is offering support to young mums to help them to develop their confidence and belief in themselves and their abilities. Through bringing the mums together as a group the programme immediately alleviates some of the isolation that can be experienced as a young mum. The programme also connects them with other women who are mums and businesswomen and leaders, women who provide inspiration, mentorship and valuable guidance. The programme helps the young mums become more confident communicators; it helps them have faith in their own assets and to develop a skillset valuable to employers. 

Carolena, one of our students, went on to get a job after meeting her future employer at a programme session.  Sue Adams from Image Beauty Salon offered her a work placement and at the end of 4 weeks a permanent position. After she had accepted the job she looked and Sue and said, “Thank you so much, I thought I was only going to be Lily’s mum”

Through her time at here at the Eastern Enterprise Hub Carolena had found a way to get back to HER future.

If you'd like to join the programme, please email me on kim.trotter@eehub.co.uk or call 01473 527100.