New community partnership to reduce health inequalities for mums in Newham

We’re delighted that a new community partnership will expand the support available for pregnant women and new mums in Newham.⁣⁣

A new community partnership will expand the support available for pregnant women and new mums experiencing financial hardship and disadvantage in Newham.

In partnership with Alternatives Trust East London, The Magpie Project and Compost London, we have been awarded a grant from the Government’s Health and Wellbeing fund.

Parents in Mind

There are many people in our community who have no one to turn to

The new funding builds on NCT’s well-established Parents in Mind project in the borough, funded by Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, which provides trained peer support for women who are socially isolated or experiencing mental health difficulties.

The new partnership will expand support across the borough and offer antenatal education, breastfeeding support, counselling and family link services alongside the existing perinatal peer support service. The project has a strong focus on inclusion and support for pregnant women and new mums of Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, who experience significant inequalities in outcomes.

Bulon, a Bengali mum and peer supporter for Newham Parents in Mind, said: “There are many people in our community who have no-one to turn to due to language barriers, social issues or poor mental health who just need a friend to hear and understand them.”

Angela McConville, our Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted our partnership has been able to secure funding for this strong community approach. Together, we can ensure meaningful and impactful support for many more women experiencing significant challenges during pregnancy and early parenthood.”

More info

To refer yourself or someone else to our Parents in Mind service in Newham, or to find out more please contact Belinda on 07525 403673 or via email on

We have other Parents in Mind projects in Halton & St Helens, Coventry & Warwickshire. Read more about the work they do training volunteers to support parents with emotional health difficulties.

If you have any questions, concerns or need support – however you’re feeding your baby – you can speak to our friendly breastfeeding counsellors free of charge by calling our support line on 0300 330 0700. The line is open every day from 8am to midnight, including bank holidays.