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Being Sam

People have many reasons for volunteering or working in the jobs that they do and for SHINE’s Family and Community Worker, Sam Thirkhill, her reasons are clear … she just wants to give back something to the local community. Through her own life experiences, she knows what a struggle parenting...


Nurturing Knowledge: Importance of Relationships

Foreword by Better Start Bradford, Head of Programme, Gill Thornton: "As part of our year of learning, 'Nurturing Knowledge' we focused on the importance of relationships in our first quarter. This continues to be a fundamental part of Better Start Bradford’s approach and our Programme behaviou...


I lost weight with Cooking For A Better Start!

Better Start Bradford Cooking For a Better Start

Young mum, Shakila Ghafaripour, 22, certainly has her hands full with two children under the age of three. Her youngest son Rayaan is seven months old and her eldest Ayaan has just turned two. Shakila recently attended Better Start Bradford’s six-week HENRY Cooking for a Better Start programme ...


Four Doulas and a Baby!

It was widely speculated in the press that Meghan Markle may have used a doula to support her and Prince Harry with the birth of baby Archie. However, one local Bradford mum had to have the support of four volunteer doulas when she gave birth! After being induced on the Friday night, the mum in q...


Out of the darkness into the light

When Reena Begum found out she was pregnant, she was devastated. She simply did not want to be pregnant. The baby’s father didn’t want to know and she had no-one else to support her. Her mental health began to suffer and Reena began to have dark, suicidal thoughts. Thanks to the Perinatal Sup...