Rosebuds is a new weekly group for women whose children are being looked after by someone else, this can be through adoption, foster care or any other kind of kinship or special guardianship order. Funded by The Leeds Fund, Leeds Community Foundation as part of strategic work across the city to help overcome loneliness and promote inclusion.
Our groups are a safe and confidential space and our session topics have included identifying abusive relationships, managing stress and low mood, taking care of ourselves at difficult times and the impact of abuse on children. When group members would like to cover specific subjects, we often invite other organisations in such as the Red Cross, Leeds Mind and Health Trainers. The group is open to women of all ages from across the city.
The project offers –
- Bus fares and snacks
- A welcoming, accessible social space to help overcome the isolation and social and emotional loneliness that can be felt when women’s children are no longer in their care
- Increased support networks
- Help to build trusting relationships, confidence and self esteem through trauma informed peer support sessions, facilitated by WHM staff.
A parent whose children had been removed from her care at a Womens Health Matters focus group said –
When your kids get taken away, you just get left on your own. Once they are gone, no-one cares for you.
You can refer yourself or be referred by a professional. If you’d like a referral form, a leaflet or to ask us any questions, contact us on 0113 2762851. You can also download the referral form here.