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August 2017

Hot topics for August 2017.

Bags of Hope for Refugee Mothers

The British Red Cross has joined forces with local Mum Lindsay Robinson, who founded her project ‘Bags of Hope’ after suffering post-natal depression, to tell refugee Mums they are not alone in feeling isolated during the early months of motherhood. Red Cross worker, Clare McClure, says that the difficulties of becoming a new Mum are universal: “Many, many local mothers, who might have no obvious reason to feel lonely or depressed can feel themselves getting very down when they’re looking after a baby day and night. So just imagine how it might be for a woman who has arrived here with very limited financial resources, no family support, not speaking the language and possibly traumatised by the situation which led them to flee their home country.”
Lindsay, who started her blog ‘Have you seen that girl’ just 18 months ago, now speaks to mothers around NI about her experiences. She said, “Motherhood is meant to be a joyous experience but it can be very isolating and it’s helpful to know that you’re not the only person feeling this way.”
The Red Cross runs a variety of projects to support refugees and asylum seekers here and welcomes new volunteers who would like to get involved. Visit redcross.org.uk/volunteering

Reaching the Moon by reading!

Libraries NI has launched this year’s Big Summer Read for children across Northern Ireland.
Children, age 0 to 15 years, are invited to take off on a reading adventure with the Big Summer Read which this year has a theme of ‘Travel and Transport’. To make it even more exciting, libraries have chosen to accept a very special mission – they are hoping to reach the Moon by reading 238,855 books - the average number of miles from the Earth to the Moon. Children can enjoy this exciting reading journey until August 31 by visiting a local library where they will receive a Travel Card to be stamped every time they return a book, with each stamp equivalent to one mile. The more books they read, the closer they will travel to the Moon. Kids can hop on board this year’s Big Summer Read by collecting their Travel Card in a local library. For more information on the Big Summer Read and free activities go to librariesni.org.uk

Breastival Belfast

A celebration of breastfeeding is coming to Belfast this summer as part of World Breastfeeding Week. On Saturday August 5 the MAC in Belfast City Centre will play host to nursing mothers, health professionals, expectant parents, friends and families who are coming together for a packed one-day festival. Featuring renowned pharmacist Dr Wendy Jones alongside local experts, Breastival will also play host to ‘The Big Latch On’ - a worldwide event which takes place at registered locations around the world, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. This will be an opportunity to help break the record for most children feeding in one place in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world and events like this aim to normalise breastfeeding in everyday life and support those that choose it as an option. Breastival will feature discussions and seminars from experienced breastfeeding parents, health professionals, family members and cultural innovators. Tickets to attend are free but pre-registration is required at breastivalbelfast.co.uk

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