Doors open on Bumps and Ba­bies is­land group

The Oban Times - - News -

HOME- Start Mull has re­cently es­tab­lished a weekly Bumps and Ba­bies group for preg­nant women and par­ents of young ba­bies.

The group aims to give peo­ple some­where to meet, so­cialise, have a cof­fee and ac­cess sup­port from var­i­ous dif­fer­ent agen­cies each week, in­clud­ing from the health visi­tor, fam­ily sup­port worker, mid­wife, child-smile and breast­feed­ing peer sup­porter.

Preg­nancy and the early years of par­ent­hood can be an anx­ious time. Fam­i­lies on Mull can be ge­o­graph­i­cally frag­mented of­ten lead­ing to feel­ings of iso­la­tion and re­duced op­por­tu­nity for so­cial­is­ing with oth­ers in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion.

The Home- Start Bumps and Ba­bies group pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to meet oth­ers in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, to po­ten­tially de­velop new friend­ships and sup­port net­works and to pro­vide reg­u­lar ac­cess to rel­e­vant health pro­fes­sion­als in an in­for­mal set­ting.

The group has been for­tu­nate to se­cure fund­ing from Mull and Iona Com­mu­nity Trust (MICT) and Oban, Lorn and the Isles (OLI) Health and Well­be­ing Fund to en­able Home- Start to es­tab­lish and con­tinue to run the group un­til June 2016 when it will seek fur­ther fund­ing.

Thanks have been made to MICT and the OLI Health and Well­be­ing Fund on be­half of Home- Start Mull and on be­half of the mums and mums-to-be who cur­rently are mak­ing use of the Bumps and Ba­bies group.

Those wish­ing more in­for­ma­tion on the Home- Start ser­vice or who would like to vol­un­teer with Home- Start sup­port­ing fam­i­lies with chil­dren aged five and un­der should con­tact Sarah Stan­ley-Wright on 07717 527035, 01680 300531 or homes­tart@

BUMPS AND BA­BIES: a place to meet and get ad­vice on Mull

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