Start a local Mothers Uncovered group
We are looking to increase the number of groups held across Sussex and beyond.
Our sessions currently run in Brighton & Hove and Worthing. We’d like to increase our groups in these areas and beyond, but we need your help to do this.
If you are interested in starting your own local group we’d love to hear from you. First, read a little more about the sessions below then contact us so we can talk about getting started.
What happens in the sessions?
Each group is five or six sessions, taking place weekly. Each person shares something from their week. Further discussion takes place in pairs and within the group on specific topics, such as body image, your own experience of being mothered, relationships with others. There are guided writing, art, mindfulness or singing exercises, with further exercises to do at home.
A typical course will run on these themes…
- Week 1: Who are you?
- Week 2: How has your life changed?
- Week 3: Your journey to motherhood/birth stories
- Week 4: Motherhood and the wider world
- Week 5: Your life from now on
Who runs the sessions?
Each group has two facilitators. They are all past participants of Mothers Uncovered and truly believe in our mission.
No facilitator is a ‘perfect’ mother. Such a thing does not exist. They are going through the motherhood journey too, but just a bit further along.
We offer peer support. Hopefully you will make some lasting friendships within the group, but at the very least you will have had the opportunity to express the thoughts you might not be able to share with others in your life.
Things to consider
Do you have childcare or are your children at nursery/school?
While the attendees of the group have their babies/children with them, you need to be able to give your full focus and attention, which you won’t be able to do with your child(ren) present. This is what makes the distinction between an informal mum and baby group and a peer support session.
Are you ready, emotionally and mentally?
Being a peer supporter is a demanding role. Some of the topics may well be upsetting or have the potential to trigger a reaction, for example, a traumatic birth story. Make sure you have support around you from family and friends.
Are you able to manage the administration of a group as well as the running of it?
It’s not just a case of turning up. You have to organise a venue, advertise, prepare the session, register your participants and find another facilitator to run the group with you. The organisation of a group costs money, so you will need help, perhaps from local council or a community venue to meet the costs.
Interested in starting a group?
Send us a message and we’ll be in touch.