On Friday Nick Gibb visited Littlehampton Life House. Life is a UK pregnancy support charity that runs a network of supportive homes for mothers with babies or very young children. Life runs 19 homes across the country.
The Littlehampton Life House is a four bedroom house with a support worker providing assistance and advice to the four mothers and their babies and children who live in the home. The women who use the service are usually homeless and need the support that Life provides. This is usually the first home after they have left their home with mum and dad, sometimes following a relationship breakdown.
The Littlehampton Life House was established 30 years ago. The average time spent at the home is between 6 months and a year. The Life charity provides advice and help in finding permanent accommodation.
They also provide advice to the wider population - with free pregnancy tests, and a helpline providing pregnancy advice.
Nick Gibb said, “It was lovely to meet Hannah Millard, the Area Services Manager for Life and Esther Bird, the support worker at the Littlehampton Life House, together with two of the Life House’s current residents.
“Life is an important charity whose support is a lifeline for women and their babies at a time of vulnerability and challenges such as homelessness or relationship breakdown.”
Photo: from left - Esther Bird (Support Worker), Nick Gibb, Hannah Millard (Area Services Manager at Life)