Charity awarded £5k to fund wellbeing projects to support new mothers

PUBLISHED: 16:14 25 January 2019

A charity has received more than £5,000 in funding to support new mothers.	Picture: Home-Start North Somerset

A charity has received more than £5,000 in funding to support new mothers. Picture: Home-Start North Somerset

Home-Start North Somerset

A charity has been given more than £5,000 in funding by the Government to support its work in the area.

Home-Start North Somerset has been awarded £5,266 from the Government’s Tampon Tax Community Fund grant, which has been distributed to the charity by the Quartet Community Foundation (QCF).

The funding was raised through the Government’s levy on sanitary products from the last two years and groups from the area received a boost of between £5,000-£10,000.

The grant has been set up to help women involved in, or at risk of, street sex work, to address period poverty and to help the wellbeing of new mothers.

Senior organiser at the charity, Julie Parsons, said: “Receiving this grant means a lot and it’s really important to be able to invest the money back into the community.”

The charity is based in Weston and runs the group to help support mothers with children under one in Clevedon and Yatton.

Julie continues: “It will go towards continuing to run our group, Mums in Mind, which helps mothers who are suffering with postnatal depression, anxiety, a low mood and those who are feeling isolated.”

“They may feel lonely which means emotionally it takes a lot for them to leave the house, and our classes provide a calm and friendly space where they can make new friends and meet once-a-week for peer support.”

“The money given to us will fund a further two courses, which run four times a year for eight weeks at a time, so we can continue to hire rooms around the area to host them.”

Chief executive at the QCF, Sue Turner, said: “We work with grassroots groups in North Somerset, Bristol and North East Somerset and this funding will enable these organisations to run some amazing projects which will make a difference to women and girls who need it most.

“We’re really happy to be able to offer £52,000 from the Government to go towards these, but we received 40 applications when we only had funding for seven and it is very disappointing not to be able to give more.”

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