Smile Group was set up to provide support and guidance to families affected by perinatal mental illness. We know it’s a journey that can be hard to navigate and meeting other parents in a similar situation can make it feel less overwhelming.
Many parents ask us how they can help in their own way – we know from experience that giving back is really rewarding when you have walked in those shoes and understand the challenges that families face.
That’s why we’ve launched ‘Bring a Smile’ - a simple way of ensuring that you can have a direct impact on supporting other families coming through our services. By donating a small amount each month online, you can make a big difference.
We currently run three drop-in peer support groups operating out of children’s centres each week:
Tuesdays – Sandbach Children’s Centre (12.30pm-2.30pm)
Wednesdays – Congleton Children’s Centre (10.00am-12.00pm)
Fridays – Hurdsfield Children’s Centre (10.00am-12.00pm)
In addition to this, we launched a 1-1 Home Visits programme this year, thanks to funding from Comic Relief, which enables us to provide support to parents who are finding it really difficult to leave their homes. This is operated via health care professional referral to parents living in the postcodes around our three centres.
As a small charity (with a BIG heart), we are reliant on donations, fundraising efforts and grants so every penny counts and the good news is you know exactly where your money is going:
£10 a month would pay towards a programme of 1-1 support from our wellbeing practitioner for a mum or dad who feels unable to leave their home with their little one due to anxiety or low mood.
£5 a month would boost our media library with new resources so parents can read more about what they are going through and realise that they are not alone.
£2 a month would pay for tea, coffee and even a few biscuits at each group. Sometimes you can’t even put a value on the comfort of a hot brew and a listening ear.
All you need to do is log on to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1007996 and follow the prompts.
It will take five minutes of your time and yet you have no idea how many smiles this could bring.
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