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In the first few weeks of lockdown, we spoke to Phoebe* who was being supported by Home-Start Better Start volunteer Amanda. Phoebe, 26, has now got to the point where she no longer feels she needs Amanda’s support. She took the time to talk to us about how she felt Amanda has helped he...


Being a Doula in lockdown

Jane Longthorn, 42 is a volunteer doula with Bradford Doulas and has supported four expectant mums over the last 18 months. When she started supporting her fifth mum, Aneesah, COVID-19 struck. Jane was worried that she would not be able to support Aneesah during her pregnancy in the same way tha...


Meet our Neighbourhood Workers

Community engagement has always been at the heart of Better Start Bradford. Everything we deliver is for the community and has been developed with our local community. So, it made perfect sense to ensure that we had community workers based within each area that we serve in Bradford. Therefore, our ...


The inspiration behind Salma’s well-being packs

Mum of four, Salma Nawaz, is a community representative on our Better Start Bradford Board. Salma knows what a struggle lockdown has been on many parents with young children, as her own mental health has suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Better Start Bradford started delivering activit...


Apply to Parents in the Lead

Local parenting groups have until Friday 19 February to apply for up to £2,500 each from Better Start Bradford’s Parents in the Lead Activities Fund in the first application round of 2021. The Parents in the Lead Activities Fund is open for applications from local groups wishing to run activi...