BUDDY

PROGRAMME

"A Lifeline"

Nadine, London

Feeling positive and happy can have a major impact on your journey as a mum.

There's no doubt about it, being a mum is the most wonderful adventure, but it is often pretty daunting and overwhelming.  

 

We have created a peer-to-peer buddy support programme to help alleviate many of the concerns that motherhood may bring. 

A Mummy Buddy is someone who is a couple of months or 'a stage' ahead of you in their parenting journey. They really make a difference to a new mums experience by meeting up regularly to provide friendly support, guidance and local top tips. 

 

It's FREE!

I'm looking for a Mummy Buddy

I'm looking for a Mummy Buddy

Are you Pregnant or a New Mum?

Mummy Buddies offer a local, friendly face to help settle you in to motherhood. They will share their tips and knowledge about being a mum along with invaluable local advice from the craziest baby classes to the best buggy friendly cafes in town. You can meet up or chat via WhatsApp, whatever suits you best.

“When I had my baby it was an incredibly overwhelming experience - I didn’t know what to expect and I felt so confused. I joined the Buddy programme and my Mummy Buddy has been an absolute lifesaver" - Nadine, Wimbledon

I want to be a Mummy Buddy

I want to be a Mummy Buddy

Are you a mum?

As a Mummy Buddy, you will provide peer support to a local mum-to-be or 'new mum'. You'll help them settle into motherhood by using your experience of all things baby and knowledge of the local area. You will give practical information, answer initial questions and direct them to other relevant mum and baby services.

Please click here for the full role description

“I enjoyed being able to support my buddy to become a more confident and happier mum. The Buddy Programme helped me to feel useful during maternity leave and I loved being able to share my experience” - Julia, Leeds.

How it works

Step 1:

Sign Up 

Once you've registered you'll land on your Members Dashboard. From there you can click to 'Find my Buddy' use the drop down searches and off you go! 

Step 2:

Make contact with your selected Buddy by clicking 'Contact'

Step 3: 

The Mummy Buddy (the one who's a stage ahead) then takes the lead in arranging to meet. 

Step 4:

You will both receive a topic each week to discuss and feedback any tips and suggestions to us (if you want to!) - your feedback will be inputted into our 'Winging It' magazine for all Members. You'll also receive invites to our regular get togethers and expert led sessions. 

Step 5:

At your first Buddy meeting it's important that you set out what you would like to know more about, any concerns, anything you'd like to do etc. Do not be afraid to ask too many questions at this stage! 

Step 6:

You continue to meet, chat, see what life is really like with a baby or child who is slightly older than yours.

You eat cake. You join your weekly Buddy Groups, You come along to a Knees Up together. 

You chat more. You eat more cake.

FAQ's

There are a couple of questions below which we tend to answer more often than others. 

 

We don't believe that one size fits all though, so if there's anything in particular that you'd like to ask, please just send us an email at janey@mummybuddy.org.uk

Question

What's the time commitment?

Mummy Buddies are expected to commit to at least one hour a week to each buddy, ideally this should be through meeting up in person. As the Mummy Buddy you MUST contact your buddy and make yourself available to them.

If there are any issues or the time commitment becomes too much, you must let us know and new matches can be made. We are here to help  and support you if needed. 

Question

Who can apply?

The Buddy programme is open to anyone - you don’t have to be a mum-to-be either, any mum (or person predominantly caring for their child) who feels like they could do with some support is welcome to join the scheme.

Question

How much does it cost to take part?

The programme is run as a not-for-profit initiative and it is free to join. 

Question

What happens if I don't get on with my Buddy?

It doesn't happen very often,  but it is inevitable that people might not get on and that's ok. All you would need to do is email us at hello@mummybuddy.org.uk and we will diplomatically look at alternative arrangements. This is a very personal journey that you are going through so it's important that you feel comfortable with your Buddy. 

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Question

How is this different from apps such as Peanut or MUSH

We love MUSH and peanut. Big fans. They address isolation issues and we are firm believers that the more resource you can access at the new-mum stage, the better. Everyone's experience is different and there certainly isn't a one-size-fits all approach to motherhood.

Research has proved that it takes 4 month and 23 days (on average) to feel like a mother and from experience it's during that time that you have a zillion questions running around your head, you haven't slept in what feels like forever and you are walking around jet lagged and feeling hungover, without the good night before-hand.

 

A Mummy Buddy is more than just a smiley face and a coffee, it's someone who is has agreed to take on the responsibility of helping you through this. Trust us, you'll be grateful for their support. 

(Plus....we are a not-for-profit social enterprise!)

Question

What happens if there aren't any suitable Mummy Buddies locally?

As a newly-ish established initiative we are still operating heavily in West London, although we are concentrating on spreading our wings geographically.

We believe that living locally is one of the programme's success factors - you are able to meet in person and your Mummy Buddy should be a source of local information on baby classes/groups, decent coffee shops etc.

 

However, having a Mummy Buddy at the end of whattsapp or messenger is better than nothing and we would be keen to provide you with a Digital Mummy Buddy - a real life new mum (!) who you can communicate with digitally rather than face-to-face. We have trialled this and feedback so far has been really positive.  

Question

What about the Dads?

We know, we know! Janey's husband reminds her of this on a regular basis and it"s something that we are looking into. As Mums, we would be lost without the support, encouragement and timely humour from our babies dads. Dads are more than welcome to come along to events, get togethers and it's up to you how much you want to involve them in the rest of the programme - perhaps your Buddy's partner fancies a pint?!

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Testimonials

Don't just take it from us, let the buddies do the talking!

Farnaz

Kensal Rise, London

"I love my NCT group but we're the blind leading the blind when it comes to advice and tips! I found the real pearls of wisdom came from parents of older babies we met at playgroups and classes along the way."

"What a life saver"
Nadine, Wimbledon
"A great way to build confidence"
Lauren, Twickenham 
"So much fun"
Sarah, Leeds

janey@mummybuddy.org.uk

 

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