We are pleased to announce that our chosen charity for The Norfolk Bump & Beyond Baby and Toddler Fair 2023 is Get Me Out The Four Walls.
Having a baby is often said to be the biggest, most special and most significant experience in a person’s lifetime. Often this idea is depicted in advertisements and media using images of happiness, contentment, and pure head over heels love between a mother, father and their child. However sometimes becoming a parent does not live up to the images we see on TV. Sometimes things are much harder for parents and those perfect, natural images we see everywhere are nowhere close to how a parent may be feeling.
Perinatal and postnatal mental illness affects 10-20% of all parents and can have a massive impact on family life. Low mood and anxiety can cause parents to struggle in those early days and feel unable to reach out and ask for help. Often parents will not reach out for help and support through fear of feeling they may be judged or seen to be inadequate parents. This subsequently can go on to affect the bond they have not only with family and friends but the bond with their baby.
How do we help?
Get Me Out The Four Walls (GMOTFW) was created to give parents a safe and friendly space to not only talk to other parents but also to access vital peer support from our volunteer parent Ambassadors at social meets across Norfolk and Suffolk. We aim to provide friendly meetups not only to help get those parents out of the house who may already be struggling. Also as a preventative service for those who may be experiencing loneliness or isolation. Our meets will often take place in welcoming spaces such as parks, coffee shops and woodland walks so that parents can feel comfortable.
We have also recently opened the GMOTFW Hub in Lakenham, Norwich which will provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for parents to meet with others and attend planned sessions hosted by our Ambassadors. It is also a drop in space for parents who just need to get out of the house for a coffee or a chat with members of our team.