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About the project

Mums Supporting Mums began in 2011 as a partnership project to develop peer support to mums living in rural areas. It brought together mums with babies and young children, who wanted to help themselves and others by setting up different types of peer support that fitted in with their lives and circumstances and in particular met the needs of 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 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.
  • We now have a new project creating more peer support opportunities for families; this work includes all parents, grandparents and carers and involves a sub-project specifically around supporting mums who want to return to work, building on the work we did around Our Working Lives.

Follow this new work via the Families Supporting Families project page

Things to read

We have produced a series of ‘Hints and Tips’ to help more people get started in other areas – these cover topics such as setting up buggy walks, finding funds and using social media; all are available to download below.

We have also published the Mums Mental Health and Wellbeing report which explains how this project links into other developments.

Things to watch

‘Our Story So Far’ – the Mums Supporting Mums film

‘Our Story So Far’ is a short video (23.11) which hears from those involved in the Mums Supporting Mums groups and gives advice on how to get started yourself.

The film is also available through Healthy Valley’s website

If you’d like a hard-copy of the DVD, please send us an email: admin@otbds.org

Other resources

We’ve pulled together a list of top online resources which should lead you to the best places for support at all stages of parenthood; whether you need ideas for activities with your child, advice on how to keep them healthy, how to connect with other parents and how to look after yourself.

 

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