Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth McIntosh admits she was desperate to have a baby from a young age.That was until the St Anne's Academy pupil came to the Get Clued Up project, based at Demesne.
Each week the group gives young girls the chance to meet and discuss the realities of having a baby at a young age.
The group works by giving each youngster the chance to look after an electronic baby for a weekend which mimics the demands placed on young mums by their children
Although similar courses are run at school, the Get Clued Up project works with youngsters who are either expelled from school or who miss out. In Liz's case this was because the model baby at her school was broken.
Course leader Jacki Smith added: “I had a baby at 17 and I want to convey the message to young people to leave it later. I work with hard to reach kids that don’t get the benefit of that message as they may have been expelled from school etc.
“Demesne gives us a place to go and places its trust in hard to reach young people that some places won’t accept.”
Elizabeth said: “I really had my heart set on having a baby but coming here has shown me that now is not the time. I still want a family, but not yet.”