1. Research and Policy
The Wave Trust try to reduce the damaging, inter-generational family cycles of childhood neglect and abuse. The AIM Foundation continues to support their social policy and campaign work to address Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Best Beginnings work to inform and empower parents through their evidence-based accredited Baby Buddy app, to maximise their children’s long-term development and wellbeing. A new commitment of £75,000 over three years has been made by AIM towards their Parent Leaders project reaching vulnerable and at-risk parents in Newham and Birmingham. The project will support grass-root organisations to use digital innovation in their on-going work with new parents. This aims to create opportunities for seldom heard voices of marginalised women to influence local, regional and national policy and practice.
Institute of Health Visiting were awarded a further two year grant of £80,000. This will help maintain and extend their network of regional forums of Perinatal Mental Health Champions at which best practice and research updates are disseminated. These Champions help families needing support in their mental health around the time of the birth of their child.
Cued Speech is a small charity that helps deaf babies learn to communicate through making the spoken language more visual. Our second-year grant of £22,000 per year was made towards the core costs to increase their capacity.
Association of Infant Mental Health were awarded a new commitment of £55,000 over two years. This will enable AIMH to develop the Infant Mental Competencies Framework and Recognition Register. The objective is to up-skill practitioners working with at-risk pregnant women and parents and their infants to strengthen their attachment and therefore improve their emotional and social development.
3. Direct Delivery of Support
Parents 1st received its third year’s contribution of £25,000 to their work in deprived areas of Essex training ‘community parent’ volunteers. These volunteers then provide peer-support to vulnerable mothers of infants.