EARLY YEARS' PROJECT
There is a lack of support for new parents, who often feel isolated and anxious. Parents may have concerns about their child or have suffered a birth trauma but are unable to access the support they need.
Our response was to set up a safe and non-judgemental space, where parents and carers could share their experiences with our therapists and other families.
Come and join us
Our Early Years sessions take place weekly during term time. We welcome families of pre-school aged children to come and join us on a Monday between 10am – 3pm in the Quarry Park in Shrewsbury in our Bell Tent and on a Wednesday morning between 10 – 12 at The Pavilion Community Hub and Library. These sessions are kindly supported by donors and fundraisers so there is no fee to attend and there is no need to book. Updates can be found on Facebook and Instagram or please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Each group session is run by two qualified therapists, who are there to listen while parents and carers talk about any concerns they have about their child or the parent-child relationship. Sessions are centred around a craft activity, so that the children have chance to play and be creative, which is a great form of communication and expression. Having a regular group means parents can build this into the pattern of their week and form relationships with one another.
Buggy walk and talk
Buggy Walks and Talks take place in the Quarry Park at 10am every Monday in term time and are a chance for families to meet other parents of babies and toddlers out of doors for a walk, talk and coffee, with the support of one of our therapy team. The walks provide the opportunity to bring questions or worries parents may have about their baby or themselves to a friendly parent/baby specialist in a relaxed and friendly environment.