We are delighted to see the return of our work with women whose children are being cared for by someone else, this can be through adoption, foster care or any other kind of kinship or special guardianship order. We’ve recently begun a social project to overcome loneliness, Rosebuds, and a parenting programme called Inside Out.
Rosebuds is a city wide social and peer support group for women living apart from their children, the venue is very kindly provided by The Tetley. The group aims to help women overcome loneliness and isolation as well as increasing confidence and self esteem through coming together once a week. We chat, learn new coping techniques, share skills, stories and experiences and think about healthy relationships and friendships in a informal, friendly setting. We support each other with the challenges we face such as the run up to Mother’s Day, children’s birthdays and other difficult anniversaries. The project is funded by The Leeds Fund, Leeds Community Foundation, as part of strategic work across the city to help overcome loneliness and promote inclusion. Find out more and how to refer here.
In addition we have secured three years funding from the Charles Hayward Foundation to allow us to develop the work we piloted through our previous Footsteps project, that some readers of our newsletter may remember. Inside Out is our new city wide parenting course which is being co-developed by and for women who have had children removed from their care. The programme will be focussed on improving the women’s wellbeing and strengthening their understanding of safe, consistent and appropriate parenting. It aims to break the cycle of children removed into the care of someone else, as well as developing a better understanding of how women’s own past experiences may have impacted on their parenting. The work is aimed at women who have experienced (or are still experiencing) domestic violence or exploitation, have already had one child removed into care and are at high risk of future children also being placed for adoption. Once again, we will be meeting weekly, thinking about what it means to be a good enough parent, and what we need to do to provide a safe and stable home for ourselves and our children, and the barriers that stand in the way of doing this. This project starts in April…..and will be hosted on our website and publicised soon.
We are so grateful to our funders and supporters for enabling us to start this incredibly important work, which will strengthen the support offered to women in Leeds who have been unable to parent their children. If you or someone you know would benefit from either of the groups, please get in touch.