Mindful Mums volunteer, Liz Laurence, was recognised for Outstanding Commitment at the Community Links Bromley Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 11th June 2019.
Since 2016, Liz has led Mindful Mums wellbeing groups in Bromley, helping pregnant women and new mums to look after the own mental and emotional wellbeing. Such is the extent of her passion, whilst working full time, Liz has often taken annual leave from her job to volunteer and facilitate Mindful Mum groups across Bromley borough.
Amy Watson, Mindful Mums Project Worker, said,
“Liz always ensures a warm welcome awaits the women attending our groups, and the environment encourages mums to feel safe and supported so that they can share their experiences in order to get the most from the sessions.”
Liz has been an advocate for Mindful Mums speaking about her experiences and the programme at events such as the BLG Mind Annual General Meeting (AGM). She has grown in many aspects from being a co-facilitator of groups, to leading groups and, now, training other women to become Mindful Mum Group Facilitators.
Steph Archer, a new Mindful Mums volunteer, said,
“I admire Liz’s commitment – I can clearly see how much she loves it. She connects with the mums well and is supportive of new volunteers.”
Mindful Mums wellbeing groups are delivered by trained volunteer facilitators like Liz who have personal experiences of pregnancy, motherhood and looking after themselves, during a challenging period of any woman’s life.
The groups cover subjects such as:
- busting myths around body image and being the ‘perfect’ mother
- managing changes in personal identity and relationships
- making new social connections and breaking routines
- learning techniques to manage stress, tiredness, worry or low mood.
Training and being knowledgeable about the issues women can face during pregnancy and the first year after birth are very important in the role of a Mindful Mum group facilitator. It’s the empathy and authenticity that volunteers such as Liz bring to the groups, that have made the groups so popular and helpful to over 600 women in Bromley and Lewisham boroughs.