A DOZEN North Lanarkshire young mums have celebrated graduating from a 10-week Transforming Lives programme.
The initiative run by One Parent Families Scotland helps young lone parents boost their confidence and look at getting back into training and work.
Margaret McTaggart, who runs the programme, said: “Girls come here and think they can’t do a lot, but we find out quickly there’s loads they can do – sometimes they just need a push and someone to believe in them.
“They have done things they would never have if they hadn’t made these friendships.
“These young mums don’t want to be on benefits – they want to be out working and have a life for themselves.
“The course ends but our contact with the girls doesn’t end – we will keep helping them as long as they need it.”
To mark their achievements, a ceremony was held at Bellshill and Mossend YMCA where the women were presented with a certificate from Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy.
He said: “They are an inspiration to every person in the hall, their neighbours, friends and family and themselves.
“They have improved their own quality of life and that will rub off on the ones they most love.
“I am humbled to be here and learning about this project. I wish each and every one of the mums the success they deserve.”
The project will be running again in January, focusing on parents aged 16-19 years old, after the STV Appeal provided a grant of £194,170 to the One Parent Families organisation.