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Norwich church initiative to support parents

Oak Grove Community Church is launching two new services this Autumn as part of their work supporting families in the community.

The first of the new services is Babies Matter, a programme for new parents who are over 20 weeks pregnant or have a baby less than nine months old and who face additional challenges in life such as poor mental health, isolation and poverty. Family support worker Lynette Woodward said, “This is a really exciting opportunity as it enables us to support parents right from the very start of their parenting journey. This is not an antenatal course, but the aims of the programme are to enhance parent-infant attachment and bonding, strengthen couple/parenting team relationships and promote parental mental health and well-being.”
These are the topic health visitor try to cover, but their work is often stretched due to time limitations. Lynette said, “it feels such a great opportunity for us to serve with the love of Jesus at such a precious time in a family’s life.”
In addition the church is launching Two’s Company Befriending Parents this October. This is a development from the Two’s Company telephone befriending scheme that was started during lockdown last year. This new scheme is aimed specifically for lonely and isolated parents/carers and will be a home visiting and/or telephone service. This scheme has been developed in association with Linking Lives, a national charity that empowers and equips churches to significantly impact social isolation and loneliness in local communities. Their strapline is “Improving quality of life through friendship”. Linking Lives are coming to Oak Grove Community Church on Saturday 16th October to provide training for volunteers who would like to become befrienders for parents as part of this scheme.
If you would like to know more about either of these services or to volunteer as a befriender then please contact Lynette Woodward at

Pictured: Lynette Woodward

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