After many months of lockdown, and then getting things ready so that we are COVID-19 safe, we are now offering Garden Stay & Play sessions most Wednesdays.
Parents who are registered with WelCare will receive information about the dates and how to book the sessions.
We will also continue offering remote support in groups or for individuals as required.
Parent Place Services and Parent support ~ Now@WelCare and Online
Our presence in Kingston has been and remains a vital building block that has helped many parents develop lifelong supportive friendships. WelCare’s services empower parents. So at this time of getting out of lockdown we are offering all our parents the support needed to hold your family together.
Our support will remain parent led, and ‘Peer Support’ fundamental to maintaining our good mental health and well-being.
Please contact our workers if you would like to join one of their support groups.
If you are a local parent new to Kingston WelCare, please fill in the online Registration Form.
If you have any question, please email us at: email@example.com
Kingston WelCare new project
We are excited to share that Funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by Kingston Voluntary Action, has helped us to employ a family support advisor to launch our Re-Connect Project. This 6 month project allows us to engage with local parents who due to the impact of Covid 19 are finding it difficult to cope with life.
Our family advisor will be offering emotional and practical support to parents.
We are looking forward to helping parents and their families Re-Connect with their local community following lockdown measures.
To find out more about the support we offer click on this link: Re-Connect
Contact Ingrid on: 07873 592216 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also register online for our service by using the following registration form and selecting "Re-Connect" service: Kingston WelCare registration form.
Kingston WelCare want to say Thank You to National Lottery players for making this possible.
As we approach the end of lockdown, WelCare will be considering just how we can best support more parents.
It would be really useful to hear from local parents directly on how the past year has affected your families' Health and Wellbeing.
So WelCare has devised a very short questionnaire and would ask you to take 5 mins to share your thoughts with us. We know it's been a challenging year and now is a good time to capture the key challenges families have faced, so WelCare can put in place the support parents need.
So do fill-in our Well-being Questionaire: Kingston WelCare's Parent Well-being survey
We are here to help and will respond to all questionaires received.
Parents' Place Services
Parents' Place Services and Parent Support
Now@WelCare and Online
If you need any help, advice or information please just ask your worker or parent support group.
Do also keep an eye on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/WelCareKingston55 for useful links and other sources of information, relevant for parents and their families.
If you are not a WelCare parent, but would like to join in our activities, please fill in the online Registration Form.
Families Connect Funded by
Casework support for parents with mental health issues & Crafty Mondays a peer Support group.
Sue will be keeping in touch by phone and email with all mums registered for Families Connect support.
Families Connect has a 'WhatsApp' group providing peer support. Email: email@example.com
PlayPlus funded by Children in Need
Supporting babies and children in families, affected by Post Natal Depression.
We are back to hosting face to face PlayPlus sessions at WelCare House!
To find out more about the support we offer click on this link: PlayPlus
Ingrid will be keeping in touch by phone and email with all mums registered for PlayPlus support.
PlayPlus has a 'WhatsApp' group for peer support. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for mums to be who have English as second language.
Supporting black and asian women through their pregnancy, including the following languages: Korean, Urdu, Tamil, Punjabi, Chinese, Arabic, Gujrati, Sinhalese and Spanish.
We provide an opportunity to chat, listen, share and gain pregnancy knowledge and confidence.
To find out more about the support we offer click on this link: Mums2B
Email: mums2B@welcarekingston.org.uk to join our online community.
1to1 or group Me-time support avaliable by request.
To book a mentoring time out session email Sue: email@example.com
Breast Feeding Support - Are you needing some help, for online support please use the link below:
News, info and useful resources
6th October 2020 - World Mental Health Day
Mental Health First Aid England's has launched a new film "Depression and Me" to mark World mental health day.
Do take a look it's essential watching for everyone:
Depression and Me, shines a light on lived experience of depression and recovery. "Depression and Me" features a conversation between actor Denise Welch and Chloe Davies, Head of PR and Partnerships at myGwork about their individual mental health journeys, how depression impacts them, and what helps in their recovery.
The GoodGym Visits Kingston WelCare:
On the 26th of August the goodgum team arrive and gave WelCare House front Driveway a much needed tidy up. The sad looking untidy and unwelcoming entrance to Welcare House was tranformed befor our eyes. Sending a Huge Thank you to the good gym team who worked so hard and acheived so much in so little time. Thank-you for a job well executed. Here's a link to their report and I'm sure they would welcome some new members, so why not sign up and do your bit to help your community. https://www.goodgym.org/reports/weed-go-potty-with-these-roots
Four of us came out this evening to support the charity Kingston Welcare.
Welcome to Simona and Aziza on your first Goodgym community mission and thanks to Cathy for joining us from Richmond.
According to their website, Kingston WelCare is a charitable organisation for local families to meet, connect and support each other. Families from all backgrounds are welcomed to WelCare. They have a longstanding presence in the local community and provide long-term support for families.
Marjorie greeted us and tasked us with making the charity’s front entrance look more inviting. Aziza and I started with tackling a stubborn root and pulling it from its pot while Cathy and Simona potted some lovely purple and white flowers for the window ledges to replace the dead ones.
Once the front was freed of weeds and swept clear, we moved along to pull the weeds down the side of the building. It wasn’t long before our list of jobs was completed and we were ready to step back and admire the transformation! Mission accomplished! We look forward to returning soon to help with the planting in the back garden including the living willow.
Report written by Kate MacPherson
Time to Change Kingston
Time to Change Kingston is the second funded hub in London. It is hosted by the Royal Borough of Kingston Council and coordinated by Healthwatch Kingston. Time to Change is a social movement aiming to change the way people think and act about mental health. For more info go to: https://www.healthwatchkingston.org.uk/time-change-kingston
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Support Our Work
Support Our Work
Our ethos is to create a better local community for all by supporting parents and families. We are a small independent organisation with strong roots in the local community and we are dependent on local recognition and support to maintain our services. WelCare relies on the generosity of people like you to help us to continue the vital work we do.
We have opportunities for you to volunteer, to raise money through sponsorship, to make a single or regular donation, and to raise free donations through online shopping or to support us if you are a business.
All your support really makes a difference to the WelCare community.
Click on the links below to see how you can make a donation to support our vital work, or contact the manager at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss a fundrasing idea or develop a business partnership with Kingston WelCare.
With Our Thanks
We would also like to thank our regular Key Supporters:
THE ALFRED CHARITABLE TRUST THE KINGSTON NURSING ASSOCIATION