Shine PND Support

This charity works to support women and their families who are affected by postnatal depression.  It offers services in three locations – in Cirencester, Swindon and Dursley – and aims to fill a gap in local provision, working closely with the NHS Perinatal Team.  Shine PND Support provides a wide range of services aimed at improving maternal wellbeing, including drop-in sessions, social and practical support, peer support and therapeutic support.  Overall around 200-250 women each year benefit from some form of support from the charity.

The Allen Lane Foundation made a grant in October 2023 of £3,966.  This funding will contribute towards the running of a 12-week Creative Therapy Course for women affected by postnatal depression.  The Course is designed to boost wellbeing and mental health, and for struggling new mums to meet others in the same situation, creating a community and support network that lasts beyond the end of the course. Sessions combine arts workshops with facilitated peer support.  Outcomes from the work for the women include increased wellbeing, reduced isolation, and increased confidence in parenting.