Place-based Development Officer
Date: 10 March 2021 Author: Energise Me
Being a new mum can be a challenging and sometimes lonely time. This has been made worse for many by COVID-19 and the three lockdowns. We've partnered with local GP's and NCT to launch Walk and Talk Romsey to help support new mums.
During lockdown new mums have not been able to meet with new people going through the same life stage. There have been no classes to join to allow their babies the chance to see and interact with other babies.
This is why we’ve joined up with local GP’s in North Baddesley and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) to launch a new walk and talk program in Romsey and North Baddesley.
The program will give parents a chance to get out of the house and socialise with other parents whilst getting active. The idea is that mums can meet up for a volunteer-led walk. The walks are a safe space where mums can talk through concerns, discuss worries, and share stories.
NCT already run successful walk and talks all over the country, with others being held locally in Winchester. After parents joined other walk and talk projects, 94% said that their mood had improved and 93% felt less isolated.
I felt supported and not in this alone. My worries are shared by others.
Shivani, London, Walk and Talk Member
The groups are run under the Government exemption for charities supporting new parents and volunteers. They follow strict Safe Operation Procedure and risks assessments. Steps are in place to ensure everyone is kept safe.
Currently, walks are running fortnightly in each area but as more people get involved and more volunteers are recruited there is hope that more walks will be able to take place.
To find out more about the walks and book on to one, visit the Romsey NCT Facebook Page.
If you are interested in getting involved or setting up a walk in a new area of Hampshire, please contact Juliette.