Project information

Bump-Start

The Bumpstart project is an early intervention programme to support pregnant mothers and their families who are at risk of poor attachment to their baby. Mothers will be supported to understand and manage the needs of their baby and family helping them to maintain happy healthy relationships.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Home-Start Butser

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  • Need

    Need

    The Bumpstart project is an early intervention programme to support pregnant mothers and their families who are at risk of poor attachment to their baby. Mothers will be supported to understand and manage the needs of their baby and family helping them to maintain happy healthy relationships. The project also addresses key social and emotional needs which impact maternal mental health, such as housing, debt, social isolation, and relationship problems.

    Solution

    Bumpstart will use a range of methods and models depending on the needs of the family. These include trained local volunteer support; through home visits, regular phone contact, Bumpstart groups, meeting in the community, and so on.
    In essence the project is designed to provide:

    • Emotional support
    • Birth planning support
    • Preparing the home for baby’s arrival
    • Accompanying beneficiaries to appointments - antenatal, immunisations, mental health, housing
    • Establishing routines
    • Feeding supp

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To primarily but not exclusively support mothers with a risk of poor attachment to their baby.

    Activities

    » Trained volunteers through weekly visits will enable families to receive early intervention in the form of preventative support during pregnancy.
    » Support during the later stages of pregnancy to help mothers to increase confidence in accessing appropriate antenatal support.
    » Support and encouragement to attend antenatal groups to facilitate the development of local community engagement, reducing social isolation.
    » Following birth, parents will be helped to form stronger attachments by being shown how to increase their attunement to their baby’s cues.

    1. Parents will demonstrate awareness of the importance of attachment, increased confidence, access to community support, and improved emotional wellbeing and coping strategies.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Studies from the Maternal Mental Alliance, have shown that if a mother is depressed, anxious, or stressed while pregnant, there is an increase in the risk of her child having a wide range of negative outcomes, including emotional problems, symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or impaired cognitive development.
    We believe that the Bumpstart model, is the most likely to support the hardest to reach and highest risk families, with long term benefits to the whole community.

    Risk

    Bumpstart is a natural development of the work Home-Start does, allowing us to form a relationship with the mother before the baby is born. We are uniquely placed to provide trained volunteers with the capacity to offer weekly visits for the length of time required, Referrers are aware our success rate with families with young children and have unanimously expressed a need for Bumpstart. The risk to the project is lack of funding however we have a robust fundraising strategy.

    Reporting

    The work will be monitored and reviewed every 3 months to ensure outcomes are being met and emerging needs addressed. We will provide quarterly reports to donors with outcomes from our Monitoring and Evaluation System as well as qualitative reports and case studies demonstrating success.



  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Training Bumpstart training for volunteers
      £10,000 Bumpstart co-ordinator To recruit, train, supervise and monitor 10 + volunteers supporting 10 Bumpstart families
      £1,000 Administration Hourly rate for administrator to support Bumpstart project
  • Background

    Location

    We work in the southern parishes of East Hampshire, with our office in Petersfield. The geography we work in is very rural and although a reasonably wealthy there are pockets of deprivation. Statistics show we rank in the middle quintile for deprivation. Other factors, not generally taken into account, causing specific difficulties for families referred to us include, social housing, geographical isolation and social exclusion, and significant pockets in our area of children living in poverty.

    Beneficiaries

    Pregnant women who are at risk of mental ill health and subsequent poor attachment to their baby.
    Volunteers have the opportunity to develop greater understanding of mental health and attachment issues through training increasing their confidence and preparing them for both their volunteer role and potential employment prospects.
    Local community will benefit from early intervention approach to service delivery, reducing the need for more intensive support to respond to crisis situations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Home-Start is experienced at working with the families struggling to cope, Bumpstart is a development of the work we are doing, allowing us to form a relationship with the mother before the baby is born. We are uniquely placed to provide trained local volunteers with the capacity to offer weekly visits for the time required, including helping get families to appointments. No other model or agency can bring our mix of skills, commitment, and provide such potentially transformative support.

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    People

    Bumpstart Co-Ordinator

    Train local volunteers, match them to women requesting support, assess and review the family’s needs, provide support and supervision to volunteers.

    Volunteers

    Undertake training and commit to weekly visits to families, preparing the mother for birth and the baby – physically, emotionally, and practically.

    Administrator

    To process referrals, input statistical data, promote the project, provide admin support for the coordinator and volunteers.