CREATIVE JOURNALING TO SUPPORT WELLBEING IN MOTHERHOOD
for anyone who identifies as a mother or non-binary carer
Maternal Journal provides a positive outlet for some of the new feelings and challenges you might experience, both physically and emotionally, in pregnancy and new parenthood. Through a series of creative workshops we will come together to use the practise of journaling to promote positive mental wellbeing through community and creative reflection.
The workshops will use a variety of creative tools to provide a means of processing the joys and challenges of motherhood. They also aim to provide a community of peer support through mutual sharing.
Sessions are open to anyone who identifies as a mother or non-binary carer, inclusive of trans men and women, non-birthing and non-biological parents. No creative experience is required.
Sessions run in five-week blocks, and you are welcome to come to individual sessions, an entire block or multiple blocks.
9th May - 16th June
1st - 29th September
TIMES AND LOCATIONSPOSTPARTUM GROUP - 12-1.30 @ THE HIDDEN GARDENS (map)
ANTE-NATAL GROUP - 7-.830 @MILK CAFE (map)
Please be aware that the groups are divided into ante-natal and postpartum groups - each will primarily focus on pregnancy/preparing for parenthood, and becoming/being a parent respectively, but this is fluid and open - you are welcome to come to whatever group you wish. Get in touch if you have any concerns or questions about this.
COSTSessions are offered on a pay-as-you-feel basis. You can choose to pay £5/8/12 per session or £20/35/50 per block, or you can come for free if the lowest price is inaccessible to you.
A childcare support worker will be present at the afternoon sessions - this is not a creche service, but rather someone who will be on hand to provide support through holding and playing with babies and children as well as any other support that feels appropriate. This model has been designed with parents with young babies in mind - to allow mothers more space to take part in activities and discussions while having their children close by.
There is a budget for travel costs available - please get in touch if you would like more information about this.
Both venues are wheelchair accessible and are close to public transport links.