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Funding for 'mum mentors' in Scottish Borders

The scheme pairs new and expectant mums with trained mum and baby mentors. Credit: Nurture the Borders

Vulnerable expectant mothers in the Scottish Borders are set to benefit from a new project, which pairs them with trained mum and baby mentors.

Nurture the Borders CIC has been awarded just over £9000 from the Communities and Families Fund for the Mum Mentoring pilot scheme.

The money is provided by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and the aim of the project is to:

  • Help improve the health and well-being of mums and babies
  • Promote healthy lifestyle choices and access to services
  • Help to increase rates and duration of breastfeeding
  • Increase access to community support and reduce isolation
  • Move mums away from dependency by supporting them to become confident and independent mums
  • Develop a mentoring support model that can be rolled out across the Scottish Borders

Pregnancy and becoming a new mum is not always easy, but with support the journey can be a lot better.

In our new project, trained Mum Mentors will offer free practical and emotional support to new mums and mums-to-be who need additional support for various reasons.

The mentors will work with the mothers during pregnancy and birth, and during the baby’s first few months.”

– Rosie Kennedy, Director of Nurture the Borders

Nurture the Borders was founded by a group of mothers in the Scottish Borders.

You can find out more about the scheme here.

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