Developments in Rural South Lanarkshire with Healthy Valleys
Rural South Lanarkshire along with Scottish Borders and West Wigtownshire was one of the original areas where we piloted the Mums Supporting Mums programme.
Healthy Valleys were successful in getting support from the Cattanach and Volant Trusts, to employ two new family support workers and continue with even more great work from 2015.
To find out more about Healthy Valleys go to www.healthyvalleys.org.uk
Mums Supporting Mums
In the mums supporting mums we brought together women with babies and young children who wanted to develop local peer support activities for themselves and for others.
The aims were
- Encourage women to develop small scale local activities that support parents and children
- Develop activities that reflect the circumstances of people living in rural areas.
- Reduce the isolation many mums’ experience
- Point people to sources of advice that will help support their wellbeing.
- Encourage women to use the opportunities for learning and access to employment that are open to them
In rural South Lanarkshire we worked in 7 areas and supported local women develop local activities for themselves and others. Some of the things included buggy walking groups, children’s first aid and baby yoga taster sessions.
The women contributed to the DVD and the hints and tips resources that were developed as part of the project. You can find these on our Project Resources page.
Parents Supporting Parents
The initial mums supporting mums was a short term pilot. There was interest from other parts of rural South Lanarkshire to develop local support activities for mums. There was also interest from dads and grandparents to be involved as well.
We applied for funding from Awards for All for the Parents Supporting Parents project. We are delivering this in partnership with Healthy Valleys.
The buggy walking groups in Douglas and Blackwood and Kirmuirhill are continuing to develop. The groups are linking into other things in their areas including Bookbug sessions and using local community cafes to meet.
Parents in other villages are talking about what sort of local supports they want and local development workers are helping them develop their ideas.
From buggy walks to baby yoga classes, you can keep up-to-date with the project here.