Volunteer Awards were presented by Deputy Mayor of Bromley, David Cartwright and entertainment was provided by local dance charity for people with learning disabilities, Magpie Dance.
Make It Happen Award
Erica won the ‘Make It Happen Award’ given to volunteers who are essential to making a service successful. Erica has been instrumental in setting up the Mindful Mums Walking Group in Bromley and has led the group since August 2017.
Erica organises and leads the weekly group in all weathers, facilitating chats in a local café after the walks, supporting pregnant women and new mums. Erica’s dedication to running the group is key to its continued success. The walk has attracted approximately 100 local mums, with 15-20 mums attending each week.
“The role of Mindful Mum Walking Group Volunteer has provided a wonderful opportunity to combine my love of exercise and being outside, with creating an activity which benefits so many mums in my local community,” said Erica. “I have been involved in all aspects of setting up and creating the group… This involvement has meant that I have been able to use my previous professional skills and to learn new ones.”
“The group has now been running for 6 months with very high attendance rates,” Erica continued. “This is a testament to how much this walking group is loved and appreciated by mums in the local area. For many, it is so much more than just walking around a park. It is a place to meet other supportive mums and for genuine friendships to flourish. I am so proud of this project.”
Young Person’s Award
Steph won the Young Person’s Award given to young volunteers who go above and beyond expectations, make an outstanding commitment and are good ambassadors for service and organisation they volunteer for.
Steph volunteers as a Mindful Mums Befriender and has supported a local young mother experiencing physical and mental health issues. Whilst juggling the demands of her own life, Steph has provided excellent support and been a positive role model, best summed by some feedback from the mother herself:
“[Steph] has helped me so much with dealing with struggles with becoming a mummy and general everyday problems. My confidence has improved loads since using the befriending service. I have overcome so much and feel so much happier in myself thanks to my befriender.”
Karen Taylor, Mindful Mums Project Coordinator, said, “We are extremely proud of Erica and Steph’s achievements, which are thoroughly deserved. It is thanks to volunteers like Erica and Steph that Mindful Mums is able to support mums during what can be a difficult period in their lives. We are very lucky to have such wonderful volunteers delivering mental health support in such a dedicated and compassionate way.”