A new project in East Renfrewshire is encouraging new mums with babies up to one year old to get together for a range of activities.
Funded through the Changing Children's Services Fund, the groups are run jointly between partner agencies from the NHS, Voluntary Sector and East Renfrewshire Council
The project encourages the different agencies to work together to provide groups for mums who are often looking for some advice, some company or some time to themselves.
The groups are all designed to meet the various social, emotional and psychological needs of mums with babies up to one year old.And, on Monday, June 6th – Bluebell Day, a national post-natal depression awareness day – group leaders will be present at information stalls at Asda, Thornliebank Health Centre, Clarkston Clinic and Barrhead Health Centre.
Groups that have already been established include the Teen Talk and Time Out, First Time Mum's Group, Getting Ahead, Time Out and Walk and Talk.Please call the project staff if you require any more information on 0141 300 1247 or 1249.
Amanda Waters, Project Co-ordinator for the Getting Ahead project said:"There was a need for the different agencies who work with new mums to get together and design services to meet the various needs of mums.
"Often new mums only want someone to talk to, maybe other mums in similar situations to themselves, a bit of advice or some company for a few hours.These groups are a way for new mums to get what they need within their local area."
First Time Mums Group runs for six weeks in Clarkston and Newton Mearns and is a chance for new mums to meet other mums, gather information and participate in a group run by a Health Visitor and a Development Worker from the project Group topics range from First Aid to Tai Chi. Contact Lindsay on 0141 644 5726.
Getting Ahead is an eight week group for mum's who are struggling to adjust to motherhood and are looking for a few pointers and techniques for coping and improving their enjoyment of being a mum.This group is run by the Project Co-ordinator, Amanda Waters, and Dr. Christine Sutherland. Contact Amanda on 0141 300 1249.
Walk and Talk is a pram-walking group which which meets on alternate weeks in Rouken Glen Park and Cowan Park in Barrhead.This is aimed at mums with babies up to the age of one and is a great opportunity for mums to meet other mums and get a bit of exercise at the same time. Contact Emma on 0141 300 1247.
Time Out is for mums who feel they don't get any time to themselves for the nice things.Mums can come along and meet other mums, learn new skills for managing your time and reducing anxiety, have a hand massage, get a chance to ask a Health Visitor any questions and learn assertiveness skills. The group is running in Barrhead and Eastwood and crèche facilities are provided.Numbers are limited to ten at this group.Contact Emma on 300 1247.
Teen Talk and Time Out isfor mum's up to the age of 21 years and is an opportunity for young mums to meet other mums their age and get involved in activities ranging from hip hop dance to magazine discussions. There is also the opportunity to chat with a Health Visitor at the group. Contact Emma on 300 1247 or Margaret Lang on 531 6922
For further media information contact 0141 201 4429.