Get Me Out The Four Walls is a charity which supports local parents who may be experiencing mental illness and/or social isolation.
As a new parent, life changes quite dramatically and often new parents find the solitude of their four walls a scary and sad place to be.
GMOTFW was created in 2015 to provide an informal, non clinical support service for those who felt lonely and isolated and provide one to one support for parents with mental illnesses such as postnatal depression and social anxiety.
The charity has 2 main aims:
1. To prevent the onset of Mental Illness
We work to support parents to interact with others in the community to prevent the onset of depression often caused by social isolation. We recruit volunteer "Ambassadors" who are all local parents wanting to help and offer vital peer support to others in their area. Ambassadors organise supportive and welcoming social meets in parks, soft play centres, coffee shops, libraries etc and extend an open and welcoming invitation to anyone who wishes to join them. Our Ambassadors are handpicked for their sensitivity and caring nature and are provided tools and training to ensure every parent who joins them is included and welcomed.
2. Treatment & Support of Mental Illness
GMOTFW secured funding from the NHS, (NSFT) to provide a one to one referrals service for parents with low to moderate mental health conditions, mainly being PND or anxiety. Our Referrals Co-Ordinators meet with parents and offer them individual support to help them grow in confidence, set goals and eventually integrate into our Ambassador hosted social meets to further their journey. The Referrals Co-ordinators currently receive referrals from the NSFT Perinatal Team, GP's, Health Visitors, other local charities and also from the parents themselves who are able to self refer.
We were also in 2018, provided some funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to create a one stop shop for parents held in a community unit within the busy Norwich shopping centre Castle Quarter. Castle Quarter generously offered GMOTFW a free space to use to host a weekly support Stay & Play session where parents could attend for a free cup of tea, a friendly chat and have an opportunity to make new friends. We also coupled these sessions with other local organisations, charities, and businesses to offer an informal and relaxed space for parents to seek information on local services. Guests included:
Charities & Organisations: Breastfeeding Mum Meets; Friend In Deed; Time Norfolk; Homestart; SENsational Families; Finnbar's Force.
Services: The Wellbeing Service; Just One Number; Early Years Practitioners; Community Communication Champions; Student Midwives from NNUH; Norfolk Library Services.
Local businesses: Zumbini; The Creation Station; The Sling Library
Plus many more.
These sessions grew in popularity and very quickly exceeded 30 parents per week visiting. Parents were able to feel relaxed and welcome which often allowed their anxiety rates to reduce and with a little encouragement, they felt empowered to seek advice and support from the local services.
Due to the popularity, we increased our offering to include:
Monthly Bounce & Rhyme Sessions for under 2's
Fortnightly Lego Club for all ages - very popular with Dad's!
Monthly Craft Club for all ages
Our funding has now come to an end and we are desperate to continue offering this effective and now very integral part of our service. For this to happen, we require £2500 to provide supportive staff, refreshments and activities as we do not wish for any parent to be unable to access support with the added worry of payment to do so.
Please choose to support us with your donations - you'll be helping so many families to continue their journey to wellness.