Ping - a new resource for young parents

Ping - a new resource for young parents, created by a group of young people who are also parents – has been launched.

Supported by the Scottish Government’s project funding for the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund, the group, called ‘Ping,’ has been working with Young Scot to create digital resources that meet the needs of their peers, both as parents and as young people in Scotland today.

The new Ping digital resource covers topics such as relationships, health and wellbeing, social isolation as well as information to tackle the stigma faced by young people who have started a family. The group has also created information on employment, housing and finance and how to access discounts to help family budgets.

All the topics were identified by the young people involved in Ping as priorities for new parents or as gaps in the current information available to them and their peers. Working together, the group has developed new videos, articles and interactive content to make the parenthood resources accessible and relevant to other young people who are parents.

The content is available from the Young Scot website at young.scot/ping, Young Scot and Ping social media channels. The project will continue throughout 2018, the Year of Young People, with new content being released throughout the year.

Ping member Hannah, 20, from Stirlingshire said ‘After the first meeting I totally fell in love with the project, I love sharing my experiences and doing anything can to help other people. The resource itself, I think, will be enormously helpful to young parents.

‘Finding out that you’re expecting a baby at a young age can be quite scary, and there’s so little information and material available to young parents out there. Ping is going to have a wealth of resources and it will all be in the one place.’

Louise Macdonald, chief executive of Young Scot said, ‘Many parents are young people too and it’s important we do everything we can to support them into parenthood. The young people involved in Ping have done a wonderful job to create brand new resources that will be extremely valuable other young people.’

If you know a young parent who'd like to be part of the project, please see the Get Involved page for more information.