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Tackling teen pregnancies

PUBLISHED: 09:54 17 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 05 July 2010

Teenage mothers will be taken into schools to give advice to others in the hope that it will cause a fall in teenage pregnancies.

The project in Lowestoft will also tackle sexual health in a town that has one of the worst rates of teenage pregnancy in the region.

Teenage mothers will be taken into schools to give advice to others in the hope that it will cause a fall in teenage pregnancies.

The project in Lowestoft will also tackle sexual health in a town that has one of the worst rates of teenage pregnancy in the region. It is being run by GFS Platform, part of the Girls' Friendly Society charity.

A similar project is already running in Yarmouth, where GFS Platform has a base, but this will be the first time that GFS has worked anywhere in the region outside Yarmouth. The scheme is being funded by a grant of £27,000 from Lowestoft Together.

Project manager Diana Baxter said: “We recognised there was a similar issue around teenage pregnancy in Lowestoft. It is going to increase their knowledge and self-esteem and confidence.”

A sexual health worker will be recruited for a year, and 16 young women with experience of teenage pregnancy will be asked to volunteer to go into schools. They will take an “empathy belly” with them for teenagers to try on to see what carrying the extra weight feels like.

They will talk to 180 girls in the course of a year.

Mrs Baxter said: “They will talk about their personal experiences of being a teenage mum. We hope it will help to reduce the rate of teenage conceptions.”

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