Support

SUPPORT COMES IN SO MANY DIFFERENT FORMS.

It might be attending a class or a workshop to find out more information to feel empowered.

It might be meeting other parents or parents to be and having a good chat about our experiences.

Or it might be specific support for something you’re struggling with.

Whatever you need, you can grab what you want from us.

If you can’t find what you need let us know and we can either point you in the right direction or bring the support to you.

FUNDED PLACES

If you’d like to join a workshop, class or event but need a funded place please let us know.

We can provide funded places for families that are on low-income or are struggling, no questions asked. 

Places are anonymous, the class or workshop teacher won’t know that the place is funded.*

Have a look at what’s on and fill in this form and let us know what workshop or class you’d like to attend.

Terms and conditions of funded places
  • *Some classes and workshops that are run by external businesses have booking systems that do not allow for anonymity.  Where this is the case we will check with you first to confirm if you would still like to go ahead.*
  • Our ability to book funded places on classes is due to the availability at the time of your confirmation of attendance.  Where a class or workshop is no longer available, we will book you onto the next available option where possible.
  • Please bear in mind that only 1 funded place on a block, class, course or workshop can be booked at a time for any one family.
  • We currently have a limited number of funded places available per 6 weeks, we will book you on the next available place as soon as possible.
  • If you need to cancel a booking, please give 48 hours.  Nonattendance or continual cancellation will result in the inability to book any future funded places for you.

CommuniTEA CARES SUPPORT

If you are struggling following a loss, feel isolated and alone due to the current circumstances, but don’t feel that a zoom or phone call would work for you, you are also able to email or write to us, and we offer a pen pal service in return.

Because NO ONE should feel like they’re on their own.

CommuniTEA Cares is open to anyone who wants to use it.

Simply email communiteacares@doitikeamother.co.uk or write to DEAR DILAM, 861 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, SS0 9SZ

CRADLE

Cradle is national non profit organisation, who work closely with the NHS, to support bereaved parents who have experienced, or are going through early pregnancy and baby loss.

We have over 70 ambassadors stationed at hospitals all over the country, including DILAM Mother Chloe Westmore, who works closely with Southend and Basildon Hospital.  No matter what you’re going through, we are here for you.

These uncertain times have only made us even more passionate about supporting people going through heartbreak. Despite being unable to offer in person support at this time, we still have plenty online support for people to come seeking help.

Chloe has been fundraising for CRADLE since last year, and with her efforts, is able to offer free funded online counselling workshops to women and partners following their loss, as well as free 1-2-1 support too.

Simply email her to enquire at coco@doitlikeamother.co.uk

ALL RISE COLLECTIVE

@allrisecollective (ARC) is an inter-sectional feminist collective that formed out of the ashes of the anger and disappointment of the last election, and the ensuing feelings of hope and desperate need for change. 

We are made up of Southend feminists who want to bring about grassroots change locally and be good allies to all women and all marginalised groups, along with anyone negatively affected by the current political climate. 

With this in mind we launched a bi-weekly toiletry care bank in light of the growing need within our community (and the wider uk). Everybody has the right to be clean but unfortunately, with our current government, this is not always the case.

PACKED WITH SMILES

Packed with Smiles provide children in our local community with new uniform parcels and other school essentials, to ensure that they can fully participate in school.

Our dream is that all children are given the opportunity to attend school feeling equal, confident and ready to create their own future.

The impact on a child not having the correct or properly fitting school uniform, has been directly linked to self-esteem, behaviour, learning and bullying.

Supporting families facing financial hardship and difficulty, through our school uniform parcels, has proven not only to positively contribute towards a child’s schooling experience but also increase engagement levels between schools and parents too.

Packed with Smiles aims to level the playing field and support self confidence in young people because we value their wellbeing and the huge potential they hold.