The Portishead Parent Mobile Notice Board (& Me) will be coming to a group or event near you soon. 

Funding now secured

From October last year I began visiting local toddler groups, to share what support is available locally for parents. Yes, I realise I’ve been running a website for the last 8 years sharing everything, but I know how busy & sometimes complicated being a parent can be, so I thought I’d make it easier by coming along to see you in person. I’ve now recieved some funding to be able to do this regularly, reach more parents & help spread the word about what’s out there.

 

Here’s a snippet of what’s on the board.

Government funded support
There are many things available nationally. Healthy Start is one of them. Did you know that parents on certain benefits can also recieve additional payments to cover buying fruit, veg & milk? This can start from as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy & continue until the child is 4 years old. It’s one of those little things which some parents could be missing out on, as you have to apply for it.
When it comes to our mental health we all have access to NHS Talking Therapies, and this is currently provided by Vita Minds here in North Somerset.

National Organisations
We have a network of Tressell Trust Food Banks running across North Somerset, supporting families & individuals in crisis, with emergency food parcels.
Citizens Advice run in-person sessions to support families in many different ways. Home-Start support families with children up to 5 years old with weekly groups & home visits. These all run services weekly in our area.

Local Organisations
Mothers 4 Mothers
started up in Bristol, but now offer support to families in North Somerset. They provide invaluable support to families who are expecting a baby or have a young baby & are experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They currently run drop in groups in Clevedon & Weston-super-Mare, as well as providing home visits.

Smaller Organisations
Be More Ben is a local charity set up by two Portishead parents to support families after the death of a child.

Community Initiatives
Martha’s Kitchen was set up by local churches to provide a place for families with children 0 to 11 years who would benefit from a free cooked breakfast during the school holidays. Did you know Impero Lounge set out a breakfast table for school children who may have missed breakfast?

There’s a huge variety of support services & local support available to families, covering a wide range of need. You’ll find most of it on the Support page of Portishead Parent Website, but it’s so much better to be able to have a chat with parents at the groups or events they attend, and share what’s going on.

Spreading the Word
One of the aims of the project is to spread the word further. If you’re doing just fine, please come & chat to me anyway, & find stuff out you can share with friends and family. If you work with parents yourself, why not come and find out something new or ask me to come along to a work meeting, so I can share with your team.

I’ll be busy now creating a timetable of visits to local groups and events & keeping the Mobile Notice Board up to date. The challenge is also to keep it mobile, as it’s growing bigger all the time.

I look forward to seeing you all soon xx