Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it… here is what other people have said about us!

My story: Lucy

My story: Kelsey

My story: Shene

My story: Jamieleigh

What people are saying about the Princess Project

“The Princess Project is a wonderful organisation that really does make a difference to young mothers. As a mother, I know how important it is to be able to meet supportive people who can completely relate to your situation, and offer help and advice.

 

Whether it is simply meeting up for a chat, discussing and sharing real worries and anxieties, or learning new skills, The Princess Project is a rock of support for mothers throughout Maidstone.”

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and The Weald

What people are saying about our Parenting Groups

“As a school Family Liaison Officer I have access to many agencies who support the families within our school community. Over recent years it has been increasingly difficult to access parenting support without the families having a child with a diagnosis of ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder).

The Princess Project were able to provide our school with a programme of support to enable our families to look at how they parent their children and recognise any areas that could be improved on. The project is run in a non-judgemental way and is conversation led by the parents but with the guidance of the Princess Project team.

Once the project was up and running in our school we found that word got out and other parents chose to join. The conversations are treated with confidentiality.

All of the families who attended the sessions have found this a positive experience and used the pointers given to adjust the way they parent.”

School Family Liason Officer


“The ladies from the Princess Project provided a friendly, supportive atmosphere for the parenting group and the mums who attended felt relaxed and comfortable to talk about their difficulties. Everyone was able to pick up useful tips to try at home and many of the mums shared how the subtle changes to their parenting style was having positive effects on their children’s behaviour.”

School Family Liason Officer


“Makes you aware of things you do or don’t do without realising. Other people have similar challenges, you are not alone. Lots of useful ideas.”

“The main thing I have taken away is having the thought that I’m not the only one who struggles. And it’s given me ideas on how to spend a bit more quality time with my children.”

“It’s given me confidence in myself.”

“I’ve made new friends.”

“I have learnt to make more of family traditions, and to be confident in my own parenting.”

“It was good to hear that you can’t be a perfect parent and that sometimes things do go wrong and you need to pick your battles.”

“The most important thing I learnt was about how children see their parents as role models and how all children respond better to different things. I enjoyed finding out from other parents how they parent.”

“Nice cake!”

Parentalk attendees

What people are saying about the Mum2Mum Befriending Service

Sam’s Story

Sam was referred to Mum2Mum in March 2014. She has been on a long and often difficult journey, and in April 2016 ‘graduated’ from Mum2Mum having met with her befriender regularly for the maximum 2 years- the first mum to do so. We celebrated this achievement with a special tea-party, presented her with a certificate, and everyone (including Sam’s 3 lovely children) had the chance to say how proud they were of her, and why. After the event, she sent us these lovely words- we have her permission to share them here.

 

“I wanna say a massive thank you to everyone at the Princess Project for all the love help and support they have given me over the last 2 years, I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of you, my story is like most people’s I’m a single mum of 3 amazing children who had been through hell and back over the last few years before meeting PP, I had split with the children’s dad due to domestic violence and I’d never really dealt with it as I had my children to worry about, the older they got the harder it became, I was then introduced to the Princess Project at the worst time in my life I was having a nervous breakdown and my children had to go and stay with my mum, at first I was unsure about letting these strangers into my life when I was already so low and broken, would they judge me and think I’m a failure?? It took a while for me to let them in but I’m so glad I did, I have never once been judged or criticised by them, they have shown me a new type of love and support that you can’t always get from family or friends, they showed me that I wasn’t a bad mum or a failure but that all I needed was to believe in myself and after 9 weeks with the PP’s help my children finally came home but their support didn’t stop there, they have helped me grow from strength to strength and 2 years later I’m stronger than ever, I’m now a better person mother daughter granddaughter and friend and it’s all thanks to the Princess Project who have never given up on me and helped guide me, and although I have now completed the Mum2Mum I have made some amazing friends for life that will always be around to help me, and I’m proud to say that I’m a part of the Princess Project and they have played a massive part in my life and journey to the woman I am today, so please if anyone thinks they won’t help believe me they will, they are an amazing family and charity who help you to grow and thank you all again. Xx”

 


“It has meant a lot to me being part of the Princess Project. It’s been great knowing there’s someone to talk to in times where I’ve felt most alone- the advice and support has been amazing, the project has truly helped me and it will always be appreciated.”

“It’s good to have someone older to ask advice and get support from. It has given me more confidence especially with cooking for my daughter and the food I give her. It is good that my befriender was flexible to meet me at my house- because of my mental health needs I found it difficult at the time to leave the house. Hopefully the project will get bigger so that more women will have this help.

“[My befriender] has been very supportive and has given me the confidence I needed to make some lifechanging decisions. I and my family have got a whole new life, and we are much happier.”

“Me and my befriender are getting on really well. I can talk to her about anything and it’s really good to have [her] to talk to. I like the places we meet as the children can play while we chat.”

“[My befriender] is able to give me advice and gets me out. Also it’s good to have someone different to talk to.”

Mum2Mum participants

What people are saying about Totcycle

“It has made a difference cause when money’s tight I can still come and get things I need on a tight budget.”

“I enjoy coming to talk to different people and my daughter enjoys coming to see and play with other children.”

“Totcycle has made a massive difference to my family. It has allowed my child to have toys and clothes we are unable to afford. I look forward to coming as we get new things and I get to have a cuppa and catch up with friends while my child plays with other children. This is a fantastic organisation and should be in every town.”

“I enjoy coming to Totcycle because it’s lovely to meet new people, have a nice cup of coffee and get a few bits for the baby. All the team do great jobs! Thank you!”

“Totcycle has made such a great impact on the residents of Park Wood, so helpful.”

“It has helped us out massively, when we were in need of help they where there for us.”

“Helped us when we were struggling and took some of the worries away.”

Totcycle Users

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