Caring for the health of mothers and their young children has been at the heart of Manor Gardens' services since we began in 1913 as a school for the mothers of North Islington. Getting the best start in life is really important for children and our work involves supporting parents and the wider families to provide a nurturing environment for their children. We do this through one-to-one support, peer support groups, activities, workshops and information. We work predominantly with refugee and migrant families and our staff provide bilingual advocacy in over 12 community languages.
Through our wide-ranging partnerships with public health, maternity services and early years services our bilingual mentors are able to help them to navigate their way through universal health services by supporting them in their own language so that they are empowered to integrate into the wider community and lead fulfilling lives.
We offer support around pregnancy, birth, and nutrition, as well as parenting, learning to play with your children, mental health, and working with dads. A vital aspect of our service is how we encourage peer support, particularly between the mothers, so that they can feel less isolated and form new friendships.
We work closely with commissioners and maternity services to influence the ways in which women from non-UK backgrounds can access mainstream services so that everyone receives a better experience. This work is our Equalities strand.
We have now set up an Equalities Hotline for frontline Maternity and Bright Start professionals. You can speak to a member of our Starting Well Team every Tuesday between 9am and 5pm on 07851 157 907 for confidential advice on particular cases or for general advice on your own individual practice. Please feel free to leave a message outside these hours and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.