CLART ABOUT GIVES MOTHERS THE BEST START THANKS TO COALFIELDS Clart About Ltd, the Durham based childcare provider, has been awarded over £6,000 in funding thanks to the Coalfields Community Investment Programme. The funding, which totals £6,090, has provided Clart About with the resources needed to hold weekly support network groups for new and expectant mothers across the Durham, Langley Park and Consett area. The weekly ‘Clart About Cares’ classes give mothers a space to speak openly and freely about their feelings and experiences in a non-judgemental environment. The journey of motherhood can often be difficult, but the organisation is there to give much needed support and celebrate achievements however large or small. It is not uncommon for new parents to become socially isolated after giving birth and a lack of support at home and worries about relationships with partners and families can be contributing factors to pre and postnatal illness and anxiety. The weekly sessions address these challenges providing simple techniques and skills to deal with them. Founding Director of Clart About Ltd, Lynn Hammell-Randall, comments: “Becoming a new mum is both a privilege and a joy, however it isn’t always easy and many women across the UK face great difficulties after the birth of their child. “The Coalfields Funding gives us the opportunity to help local women with whatever problems they may be facing. Sharing your experiences with others, who are often facing the same problems as you, is a great way to move forward in your journey as a parent.” Andy Lock, Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “Health is just one of our priorities for action here at the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and that can be mental or physical. We know that former mining towns and villages show disproportionate negative indices when we look at deprivation figures compared to the rest of the country. It simply isn’t good enough to ignore this information “These problems cannot be tackled alone and by working with partners across coalfields communities like Clart About we are able to redirect resource where it is needed both.” As the organisation has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme it will continue to be supported by the Trust and will have access to bespoke practical support including access to resources and services such as help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing.