Mummyshock Group at Homeless Mum & Baby Hostel

by Release Counselling & Therapy for Women CIC in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Mummyshock Group at Homeless Mum & Baby Hostel
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On 17th January 2017 we successfully raised £4,415 with 50 supporters in 42 days

We aim to run our 'Mummyshock' counselling group for new mums, in Stopover's Mum & Baby house for homeless young women in Brighton & Hove.

by Release Counselling & Therapy for Women CIC in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With the additional funding, we can run extra courses for homeless mums and their babies in the hostel. The demand for this group is very large and we operate a waiting list for it. Additional funding will allow us to meet that demand by scheduling an additional course during 2017.


 Becoming a mum for the first time brings big changes to life and has lots of challenges! This can feel like a shock! National Statistics tell us that 1 in 5 mums suffer from a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety, either during pregnancy or during the first year after childbirth. That is why Mummyshock provides a supportive space for women to talk, in a safe and friendly environment. The 10-week counselling group as been written by Professional Counsellors who have been there, and who understand. We have this opportunity to run the course in-house with Stopover in Brighton, a hostel for young mums who are homesless or at risk of homelessness and need a safe place to live.  Our course will help the new mums to grow in confidence and resilience, as well as feeling more attached and bonded ot their baby- helping everyone get the best start. We do this each week through exploring different topics, such as changes in identity, relationships, coping strategies, support networks and more.  But- don't just take our word for it! This is what some of our mums say about Mummyshock:

“It’s been such a lovely group to be part of- meeting brilliant people and feeling so supported, and having time to talk and discuss! Every new Mum should have this!”(Fi- Mummyshock group member)

“Simply having space to share my experience and recognise that others feel something similar has built my confidence and peace as a new mum.” (Naomi, Mummyshock group member). 
(Mummyshock is a partnership project between Release Counselling & Therapy for Women and Rebecca Mitchell).

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