To mark Refugee Week from 20 June, our NCT Bankside project held public exhibitions featuring some of the women who had attended while pregnant or as volunteers. Read more about it.
These lovely images featuring some of the women from the NCT-run Bankside project in Leeds formed part of an exhibition to mark World Refugee Week.
The women have attended Bankside when pregnant or as volunteers touching hearts, changing minds and improving practice.
The project is a rolling antenatal drop in for people seeking asylum or refugees. It’s a safe space to share hopes, fears, experience, learn skills and increase confidence.
Some women attending Bankside have grown in confidence so much that they have gone on to become volunteers for other organisations supporting refugees, such as The Refugee Council and City of Sanctuary UK.
The exhibition of photos taken by photographer Jo Vestry in association with White Ribbon Alliance was shown on Saturday 25 June at the Pregnant Women Seeking Sanctuary – Stories of Healing in Refuge, event in Keighley, Yorkshire. Five inspirational mums from the project shared their stories amongst singing, dancing and international food.
You can find out more about our NCT Bankside project by watching this video.
We also have a project in East London, called Newham Nurture. It’s a partnership between NCT, Alternatives Trust, The Magpie Project and Compost London. The programme supports women through pregnancy and up to two years after birth from low income, migrant and marginalised backgrounds experiencing financial hardship and disadvantage. Check out the website.