The programme aims to provide support to new mums and women from groups and communities who often experience day-to-day challenges and social exclusion. The objectives of this service are:
- Improve emotional wellbeing
- Reduce isolation and loneliness
- Improve confidence and self esteem
- Increase access to local services
The programme is an innovative peer support service that focuses on engaging and supporting women and vulnerable families.
Central to the programme is the training of local volunteers to lead the peer to peer support programme, giving other new mums skills supporting others in their community.
Our volunteers, who will have experienced the challenges of being a mother, are trained to support other local mothers in one-to-one and groups settings. They can support women at any time from pregnancy through to their child’s second birthday.
Volunteers offer a kind, listening ear and can signpost and accompany women to services and organisations that may be helpful to an individual’s circumstances. We find that this really helps to connect mothers with their local communities. The project regularly supports women who may have no recourse to public funds, who may be very isolated physically and emotionally, and who may be experiencing low to moderate mental health difficulties.
Why is community support important?
We believe that that the Birth and Beyond Community Support programme helps us to connect with our vision of a world where no parent is isolated and all parents are supported to build a stronger society.