Baby group faces closure
Mums, babies and toddlers in the Marlborough area may be left without vital support if the local branch of the National Childbirth Trust is forced to close.
The departure of parent support co-ordinator Holly Scott-Donaldson after four years in the role has cast a shadow over the future of the local branch of the charity.
In a letter to members, branch chairman Lucy Brenk explains: “This role is one of the mandatory four roles that a branch must have to continue to operate.
“The key function of branches is to provide support activities such as bumps and babes and open venues for parents-to-be and new parents – many parents speak warmly and gratefully about the friendships made through branches so the role of the parent support co-ordinator is vital and brings the satisfaction of knowing that you really are helping others.
“So much is already in place and the committee is very excited about its revamped bumps and babes programme and is ready to launch, but we need someone to help us.
“The parent support co-ordinator is amongst other things:
the organizer of the branch parent support system – NCT Café, bumps and babes groups (well supported by the rest of the team).
the main contact for parents and health/children’s services professionals about the services and support on offer.”