Advent calendar – 15 December: Solace Peer Support
The Christmas story focuses on the journey of a young pregnant woman, facing homelessness; isolated and marginalised, on the edge of society.
Today in the UK, some of the most marginalised pregnant women face extreme social adversity and social isolation. For these women the smallest gestures of support can make an enormous difference.
Solace Peer Support (CIC) is a new social enterprise providing peer support for women with experiences of social marginalisation; on their journey through pregnancy, birth and the initial postnatal period. The provision of peer support is based on the principles of social support, informed by the lived experiences of women with experiences of marginalisation.
The aim of peer support is to challenge the isolation experienced by the most marginalised women during pregnancy. The groups of women who are most likely to face pregnancy alone without informal support are women with experiences of: domestic violence, trafficking, asylum seeking, the care system and homelessness.
At the heart of the peer support role is a strong safeguarding ethos, and a commitment to promoting the uptake of wider support; from statutory health and social care services and partner organisations in the community.
Please support Solace Peer Support to employ x2 paid peer supporters in 2019 through our GoFund Me fundraising initiative. Help us to challenge the social isolation experienced by the most marginalised women during pregnancy.
Click here to find out more about Solace Peer Support