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Out of the darkness into the light

When Reena Begum found out she was pregnant, she was devastated. She simply did not want to be pregnant. The baby’s father didn’t want to know and she had no-one else to support her. Her mental health began to suffer and Reena began to have dark, suicidal thoughts. Thanks to the Perinatal Sup...


Proud to be a Community Champion

Becoming a Better Start Bradford volunteer Community Champion means different things to different people, but for Ali Nahani, 54, the role has given him a real sense of purpose and direction that he did not expect. In his own words, it has given him a ‘second family’. Here’s Ali’s story My...


The Power of Volunteering

Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2019) is the nation’s chance to celebrate the wonderful contribution that volunteers make. In this blog we chatted to our new Volunteer Co-ordinator, Emma Stafford, to find out more about what inspires her to do her role at Better Start Bradford and why she believes in...


Donah: Why I’m a volunteer doula

When mum of three, Donah Worsman, 37, spotted an advert for a volunteer doula with the Bradford Doulas, she jumped at the chance. Having had a difficult experience with the birth of her first child and then suffering from post-natal depression, she knew that she wanted to help women have really posi...


Why continuity of carer matters

Volunteer Doulas Bradford - Rosa's Story

At Better Start Bradford we have more than 20 projects supporting families in our area of Bradford. We were thrilled when we learned that two of our projects have been working together and supporting an isolated single mum through her birth journey, creating a continuity of carer that she had not ha...