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Being a volunteer during lockdown

During this difficult time of lockdown and the increased fear and anxiety around COVID-19, mums and mums-to-be with depression, anxiety and low mood may feel more isolated. As the Perinatal Support Service is a volunteer-led service, they have been very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers co...


Home-Start Better Start volunteer support during lockdown

Phoebe*, 26 had never felt so alone. She had left her family and friends in Huddersfield to move to Bradford with her husband and their two young sons aged two and three. Then COVID-19 struck! Thankfully Home-Start Better Start have been able to offer Phoebe ongoing support over the phone. Phoeb...


Big Little Moments of Kindness

In these times of uncertainty and the potential impact on our mental health, it is really those small acts of kindness that can make a difference. It was Mother’s Day yesterday and Bradfordian Howie Javed, 57, took it upon himself to buy 100 bunches of flowers for local community groups to dis...


An incredible turnaround

When mum, Jannat*, 40 adopted her baby daughter she thought it would all be ‘plain sailing’ as she had already raised a teenage daughter. However, when her baby daughter turned into a toddler, the tantrums began… Jannat’s story My name is Jannat and I have two daughters aged 19 and tw...


Celebrating collaborative working

In 2015, Better Start Bradford received funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to support pregnant women and families with children aged under four in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton. Five years on we have more than 20 projects just doing that. What is even more ...