Maternal Journal in Sutton
In August 2020, Judith Armstrong, Home-Start Sutton charity’s manager, conatcted me to discuss the possibility of supporting local mothers through making art. She was coconcerned about the impact that lockdown was having on new mums and their babies and the implications that social distancing was having.
As a founder mother of Maternal Journal, I thought to be the perfect opportunity to launch this award winning journaling project in Sutton and thanks to Community Action Sutton and Sutton Giving COVID-19 Rebuild Fund the project went ahead in October 2020.
Journaling presents an opportunity for emotional catharsis and helps the brain regulate emotions, it creates the space to explore thoughts, feelings and experiences through pregnancy, birth and beyond for positive mental health and wellbeing. Maternal Journal Sutton is aimed at mothers, living in the Borough, who are either in the last trimester of pregnancy or within a year of baby's birth.
I led the first group face to face for the last 3 months of 2020 at the Cryers Theatre in Carshalton and on the 25th Feb 2021 the next group will hopefully commence. If you are a new mum/carer and you live in Sutton,please email firstname.lastname@example.org