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Mums Supporting Mums

New website

Material and updates are available at the project website:

www.mumssupportingmums.org.uk

The hints and tips resources are available to download on the new website as well as below.  You can also view the film from the project ‘Our Story So Far’ which has information and stories from the different groups and how to get started yourself.

Mums Supporting Mums began in 2011 as a partnership project to develop peer support to mums living in rural areas.

A lot has happened since then

  • The mums groups have gone on to develop in their own ways.
  • We piloted baby massage groups as another way to reach new mums and put them in touch with other mums
  • We have worked with young parents to find out what types of support works for them
  • People in many other places have used the resources developed by the project to set up peer support groups in their areas.
Promoting Mums' Wellbeing and Opportunities

Mums Supporting Mums is bringing together mums, with babies and young children, who want to help themselves and others by setting up different types of peer support that fit in with their lives and circumstances and in particular meet the needs of mums living in rural areas.

This new project started in November 2012 and we are working in three areas of southern Scotland with local mums and 3 local partners. Our partners are:

If you want to find out more about our partners please follow the links above.

Background

The idea for this project came from work that we did in 2010/ 11 with women who had recently had a baby. The women told us about their experiences, what they found helped their wellbeing and what made life more difficult. The suggestions they came up with complemented the support already provided through health services. You will find a link to the Mums Mental Health and Wellbeing report below.

About The Project

We will support local mums to find out about and develop different types of small scale peer support. Some of the initial ideas include buggy walks, mother and toddler groups, local director of services for new mums and social media for new mums.

There will be opportunities for those involved to share and learn from each other in their local area and across the three areas in southern Scotland.

As the groups progress we will use their experiences to help to develop resources for people in other areas to use. Some of the resources we develop will include How to Guides and Hints and Tips.

We will find out about other resources and sources of information that are available for mums and we will add links to these resources at the bottom of this page.

This project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community South Lanarkshire Rural Partnership programme, Scottish Borders LEADER 2001-2013 Programme and the Dumfries Galloway LEADER Programme. It is also funded by the Big Lottery, Comic Relief and the Holywood Trust.

Our Story So Far Film

We worked with all our mums groups to make a film.  This film shows some of what we are doing and the difference it makes for mums, their families and for their communities.

The film is now completed and you can view it on youtube here: Our Story So Far.

If you have any problem accessing the video through youtube, it is also available through Healthy Valley’s website: www.healthyvalleys.org.uk

We have also been producing tips and hints to help more people get started in other areas and a report which explains how this project links into other developments.  The tips and hints resources are now available to download below.

Partners & Funders
Downloads
  • Mums Supporting Mums Hints and Tips: Our Working Lives

    These hints and tips are part of our Mums Supporting Mums project which brought together mums with babies and young children. The women wanted to help themselves and others by setting up different types of peer support that fit in with their lives and circumstances and in particular meet the needs of mums living in rural areas. These tips provide information on what women told us about combining work and children, some of the issues they face and advice on how to balance both. Published 2013

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  • Mums Supporting Mums Hints and Tips: Social Media

    These hints and tips are part of our Mums Supporting Mums project which brought together mums, with babies and young children, who wanted to help themselves and others by setting up different types of peer support that fit in with their lives and circumstances and in particular meet the needs of mums living in rural areas. This resource provides tips about using social media to support your group and to keep in contact with each other. Published 2013.

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    FILE SIZE - 344.4KB
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  • Mums Supporting Mums hints and tips- Finding the Funds

    These hints and tips are part of our Mums Supporting Mums project which brought together mums, with babies and young children, who wanted to help themselves and others by setting up different types of peer support that fit in with their lives and circumstances and in particular meet the needs of mums living in rural areas. These tips are for small community groups who are looking for ways to raise funds as well as apply for grants and for those with little or no experience. Published in 2013.

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    FILE SIZE - 1.4MB
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  • Mums Supporting Mums hints and tips- Getting Organised

    These hints and tips are part of our Mums Supporting Mums project which brought together mums, with babies and young children, who wanted to help themselves and others by setting up different types of peer support that fit in with their lives and circumstances and in particular meet the needs of mums living in rural areas. These tips will help you if you want to set up local groups or activities. They will help you organise what your group will do to make things easier once you get started. Published in 2013.

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    FILE SIZE - 1.1MB
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  • Mums Supporting Mums hints and tips- planning your project

    These hints and tips are part of our Mums Supporting Mums project which brought together mums, with babies and young children, who wanted to help themselves and others by setting up different types of peer support that fit in with their lives and circumstances and in particular meet the needs of mums living in rural areas. This resource provides tips about using social media to support your group and to keep in contact with each other. Published 2013.

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  • Mums Supporting Mums hints and tips- setting up buggy walks

    These hints and tips are part of our Mums Supporting Mums project which brought together mums, with babies and young children, who wanted to help themselves and others by setting up different types of peer support that fit in with their lives and circumstances and in particular meet the needs of mums living in rural areas. These are our tips about setting up buggy waking groups. Published in 2013.

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  • Mums Supporting Mums hints and tips- setting up cafe groups

    These hints and tips are part of our Mums Supporting Mums project which brought together mums, with babies and young children, who wanted to help themselves and others by setting up different types of peer support that fit in with their lives and circumstances and in particular meet the needs of mums living in rural areas. These tips are about setting up informal groups in cafes and similar venues when you don’t need to pay for hire of rooms or other costs. Published in 2013.

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    FILE SIZE - 1.3MB
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  • Mums Supporting Mums hints and tips- setting up parent and toddler groups

    These hints and tips are part of our Mums Supporting Mums project which brought together mums, with babies and young children, who wanted to help themselves and others by setting up different types of peer support that fit in with their lives and circumstances and in particular meet the needs of mums living in rural areas. These are our tips about setting up parent and toddler groups. Published in 2013.

     

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