Help group for new mums starts on The Stray in Harrogate

Ready Steady Mums including founder member Laura Brett, second from left, and Jillian, Cheryl, Michelle, Jodie & Claire.
Ready Steady Mums including founder member Laura Brett, second from left, and Jillian, Cheryl, Michelle, Jodie & Claire.
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A new community-based walking group has just started on The Stray in Harrogate aimed at supporting new mums - and dads.

Oatlands-based Ready Steady Mums is part of a national campaign to get new parents out walking and socialising with other new parents.

Group leader, Laura Brett, a midwife, and mum of three decided set up a new Ready Steady Mums ‘Socialcise’ group with the help of her friends to bring mothers together in the local community to walk and chat together and get to know each other.

She originally came up with the idea when she began walking with fellow mums together in the fresh air a few weeks after her first son was born, and quickly realised the power of community support.

Jillian, one of the new mums said "Ready Steady Mums is a fantastic opportunity to get out for a walk in the fresh air and meet other new mums. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming it's a lovely way to start the day!"

The Ready Steady Mums ‘Socialcise’ group meet on Friday mornings at 10am at Tewit Well on the Stray.

There is no charge, people can come along, walk and talk and and there is opportunity for refreshments afterwards.

Dr Cheryll Adams, Executive Director of the Institute of Health Visiting, said: “Ready Steady Mums is a great programme. Bringing more mums together for gentle exercise and socialising can make a huge difference during the days and weeks after birth – they are less likely to experience perinatal depression.

"Mums report improved physical and mental health, the development of valuable friendships, as well as a new sense of identity and confidence. It is fantastic to see new Ready Steady Mums ‘Socialcise’ groups being set up across the country.”

For further details, contact Ready Steady Mums local group organiser Laura Brett, at teambrett@btinternet.com or take a look at the website www.rsmharrogate.co.uk

The group will run all year and whatever the weather - volunteers will always attend during term time and where possible during school holidays.

Ready Steady Mums ‘Socialcise’ groups are part of a national network of volunteer-led community activity groups for mothers where mothers meet locally to walk and chat together, such as in a park or community centre. There is no charge for

They were started by a mum who came up with the idea when she began walking with fellow mums together in the fresh air a few weeks after her first son was born, and quickly realised the power of community support.

The idea spread and new groups sprouted up with their own group leaders.

Then recognising the critical role that health visitors played in supporting new Group Leaders, discussions were started with the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV). Today, Ready Steady Mums is an iHV-led programme, retaining great involvement from volunteer mums.

Dr Cheryll Adams, Executive Director of the Institute of Health Visiting, said: “Ready Steady Mums is a great programme. Bringing more mums together for gentle exercise and socialising can make a huge difference during the days and weeks after birth – they are less likely to experience perinatal depression.

"Mums report improved physical and mental health, the development of valuable friendships, as well as a new sense of identity and confidence. It is fantastic to see new Ready Steady Mums ‘Socialcise’ groups being set up across the country.”

For further details, contact Ready Steady Mums local group organiser Laura Brett, at teambrett@btinternet.com or take a look at the website www.rsmharrogate.co.uk