Charity wants to help parents who still face difficulties due to the pandemic

Charity wants to help parents who still face difficulties due to the pandemic

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

A CHARITY wants to support Southport and Formby parents who are still facing difficulties after having babies during the pandemic.

Home-Start Southport & Formby supported families through lockdown and have volunteers available now to visit them at home for a few hours each week to offer a listening ear to parents.

Some of the problems still facing parents after having babies during Covid include a lack of access to health visitors and fewer baby/toddler play groups in the area.

This was part of a key report published by the Parent-Infant Foundation, called Nobody Wants To See My Baby, which also suggested that families were still being forced to use Zoom to speak to GPs about their baby’s health.

More than a quarter (28%) of professionals and volunteers surveyed for the report, say that health visiting routine checks remain mainly on the phone or online.

Peter Grigg, Chief Executive of Home-Start UK, said: “When families face stress and adversity, it is harder for parents to provide their babies with the nurturing care they need to thrive. We know that poverty, mental health problems, conflict and abuse can all impact early childhood development and that for many families these issues have increased during the pandemic. That’s why there is a real urgency that there are services and resources in communities to support parents and children right now.”

Home-Start run a weekly ‘Pram Wal’k on a Wednesday morning at 10.30am, so that parents can meet up. The walk starts from the Carousel by Funland, on the Promenade.

Manager, Annie Ives, is keen to stress that help is available for any parent that needs it and she is urging parents to get in touch with Home-Start on 01704 542276 if they need support.

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