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Donah: Why I’m a volunteer doula

When mum of three, Donah Worsman, 37, spotted an advert for a volunteer doula with the Bradford Doulas, she jumped at the chance. Having had a difficult experience with the birth of her first child and then suffering from post-natal depression, she knew that she wanted to help women have really posi...


My Champion Journey by Sundas Mughal

Our Community Champions are Better Start Bradford’s biggest assets. They are rooted in their communities and provide trusted peer to peer motivation around our key aim to give children the best start in our area of Bradford. One of our Community Champions, Sundas Mughal, shares her champion journe...


Reasons to support your staff to volunteer

Better Start Bradford Programme Director, Michaela Howell, reflects on the benefits of supporting your staff to volunteer. “Mum, Brownies will close unless a mum can help out”. This was what my 7 year old daughter shouted at me as she came running out of her Brownie group. Of course, I offere...


Volunteer support – the best decision I ever made!

When Rukhsana Hassan, 30, was offered the support of a Home-Start Better Start volunteer, she was initially reluctant to let a ‘stranger’ help her. Looking back, she realises that saying ‘yes’ was one of the best decisions she has ever made. Rukhsana’s story I have three children: Ali-Ak...