We run regular, free groups Mums' Comfort Zone, together with free crèche provision, in South, North and Central/East Bristol. We prioritise the support we are able to provide (due to funding constraints) as follows: mums of all ages from the Hartcliffe/Withywood/Bishopsworth area in South Bristol, parents from the Henbury/Brentry area in North Bristol and parents from St Pauls, Easton, Montpelier and Stokes Croft area in Central/East Bristol.
Bluebell currently delivers the Mums' Comfort Zone programme in North, South and Central/East Bristol. The groups are led by an occupational therapist together with a co-facilitator. From 2014 the group in South Bristol will be run in partnership with Four Acres Children's Centre, in Withywood. The North Bristol group, runs at Henbury Court Children’s Centre and is suitable for mums of all ages. The Central/East Bristol group runs at St Paul's Nursery School and Children's Centre and is also suitable for mums of all ages.
Mums' Comfort Zone meets on Monday in Central/East Bristol from 12.45 until 14.45, on Tuesday in south Bristol from 12.45 – 14.45 and on Fridays in North Bristol from 12.45 until 14.45. It has capacity for 10 mums and usually runs for 12 weeks. The first ever course started in South Bristol in September 2011 which seems just like yesterday! The course is for mums in Bristol who are finding life stressful, resulting in them experiencing feelings of sadness, panic, loneliness, frustration, irritation or anger and may be identified as having post-natal or antenatal depression
From creative workshops to Zumba
Each week mums are offered a variety of activities with the aim of introducing them to new ways of coping with life as a mum. To date these sessions have included: providing journals for recording experiences; sharing information about coping with feelings of anxiety; introducing new strategies to promote feelings of calm; taster sessions of yoga and Zumba with professional practitioners; information about improving relationships; support t with identifying negative thoughts; information about available medication; help with finding ‘your flow’; music sessions to promote a sense of well-being and increased interaction with children ; work on self-esteem building; managing money techniques; creative workshops, including jewellery making and decorating boxes; pampering sessions and finally a ‘knowledge cafe’ where we have measured the benefits mums have experienced through attending sessions.
It is now Bluebell’s aim to roll this provision out to other areas of Bristol and eventually the UK.
If you are interested in helping us to establish this service in your area, please contact us on 07738 628842.
A full evaluation report of these services is available to read in our News section.