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Current projects


Project proposals submitted to date

  • Postnatal weight loss for overweight and obese mums

  • Increasing parental confidence in dealing appropriately with minor ailments

  • 'Too much too young': an antenatal group at a local school

  • A peer-led Grandparents/Kinship carers support group for those acting in loco parentis

  • Improving the health and well-being of asylum seeker and refugee families with children aged 0 to 5 years

  • Support group for parents of teenage parents

  • Developing services which improve the well-being of families moving into the Z area of [borough]

  • Increasing cooking skills to enable parents to provide healthy home cooked food

  • Providing self-weighing facilities for parents to use for babies outside of Child Health Clinic location and time 

  • ‘HELLO BABY!’ A relationship-building group for mothers and their young infants

  • Play based Health Visitor Clinic 

  • The setting up of a walking bus to a local primary school within the practice population

A recently submitted project proposal is entitled:

Healthy Lifestyles Group Sessions 

The health visitor proposing it says
: The local Children Centre approached me to do a group for parents and children that would help in reducing obesity. In 2010, in the UK almost one in three children are overweight or obese, this has a devastating impact on their health in later life and increases the pressure on the NHS (THSCIC 2012). ...One of the children centre key targets is to reduce obesity in their area, they have done a 10 week Henry course but found it difficult to continue supporting families around healthy lifestyles once this course finished. We did not want to focus the group strictly on weight loss as this could create anxiety for parents who have relatively healthy young children. Healthy lifestyles (healthy eating and exercise) will promote small lifestyle changes whilst highlighting the benefits and discussing the barriers. By promoting small changes to family’s lifestyle this hopefully will make a positive impact on improving long term health outcomes, such as reducing obesity. 

We look forward to hearing how it has gone!

Recently completed projects include:

  • Postnatal healthy lifestyle group

  • Cook and eat sessions for parents and a ‘walking bus’ with the local nursery (aimed at reducing obesity in children)

  • Play based community clinic (aimed at readiness for school)

  • First time mums drop in (with local children’s centre)

  • Fun with food (to raise awareness of nutrition and healthy lifestyle for toddlers)

  • Promoting bonding and attachment with new parents

  • Supporting children and families encountering domestic violence

  • Healthy mums, healthy babies (aimed at mums to be and partners, and reducing health inequalities)

  • Targeting parental isolation in rural areas – in partnership with two children’s centres

  • 5 actions for babies (aimed at improved attachment)


Update on BUMPS.2.BABIES

  • Positive feedback was received after each session from clients and the final evaluation questionnaire completed by the group identified that they had benefited not just from the increased knowledge of what to expect, but also the new social networks they had formed with each other.

  • Midwifery input was initially challenging due to their lack of involvement. However, this is improving since a link midwife became involved with the project.

  • The opportunity to apply for a small grant from Derbyshire Children and Young People’s Health Promotion Programme arose. I applied for this and was successful in securing £250 for the group.

  • I have also written an article for the Healthy Herald newsletter to raise the group’s profile further.

  • A new course is underway and dates are planned for the rest of this year so it will be a rolling programme.

  • A letter has been sent to service managers in social care informing them of BUMPS.2.BABIES with an accompanying referral form.


  • Enhanced midwifery input to continue.

  • It is possible that group attendance can be increased if there is promotion of the group by young people who have attended. There are two young parents in the group who are keen to promote the group further and discussions and preparation for their involvement will take place before the next planned course.

  • Further promotion and advertising of BUMPS.2.BABIES to other agencies locally.

  • Evaluation of the parents’ confidence levels when their babies reach 4 months of age.


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