Volunteers needed to support new mums in Wednesbury


Volunteers are being sought for a brand new perinatal project which will support mums in Wednesbury to cope with the stresses and strains of looking after a new baby.

Family Action, a national charity which runs the Friar Park and Wednesbury North Children’s Centres in Wednesbury on behalf of Health for Living, has been awarded funding to run the scheme, which will be launched in March 2014.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, 11 December), a coffee morning will be held at Friar Park Children’s Centre for potential volunteers, who will be trained to provide emotional support to new mums and mums-to-be, to find out more.

It’s hoped that the 12-month scheme will help to alleviate so-called ‘baby blues’ and conditions like postnatal depression and prenatal depression amongst new and future mums.

Louise Hudson, Deputy Cluster Manager at the children’s centre, said: “Becoming a new parent is a joyous time but it can also be tiring and stressful too.

“This new service will train volunteers to visit new mums and mums-to-be in their own homes to provide friendly support and advice. Mums who want to use the service will be able to refer themselves or they can use the service via their midwife, health visitor or GP.”

The coffee morning will take place from 10.30am-12.30pm at Friar Park Children’s Centre, Dorsett Road, Friar Park, Wednesbury, WS10 0JG.

Friar Park Children’s Centre provides a range of services for children and families, from play and stays and play-groups to family health clinics and work clubs.

For more information about volunteering, or to register your interest in attending the coffee morning, call Pam Banton or Debbie Green at Friar Park Children’s Centre on 0121 556 5450.


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