Funders support local postnatal depression service

PND Borders continues to support families across the Scottish Borders thanks to funding from a range of national trusts and foundations. The postnatal depression service, based in Galashiels, has been successful in applying for grants to a number of large organisations which means the service has a solid financial foundation into next year.

creche_facilities-more_teddysBarbara Wright, Chair of PND Borders says: “PND Borders was established as an independent charity in 2010 and as our service is not part of the NHS or Social Services, we receive no government support so rely on national trusts and foundations as well as local churches, individuals and groups to fund the vital service we provide. We are very grateful to the organisations that recognise the importance of this service and are willing to provide funding to enable  us to continue to help families across the area.”

PND Borders would like to thank the following organisations for their support – the Communities and Families Fund; Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland; The Robertson Trust; the Souter Foundation; the Cooperative Membership Fund; the R S Hayward Trust; Foundation Scotland for two separate grants; Bowden and Melrose Parish Church; Tweeddale Peace Group and Peebles Tiny Toes.

Additional funding received this year has allowed PND Borders to extend its opening hours into a Thursday afternoon. This has given the opportunity to substantially reduce waiting times meaning families can be seen at the earliest opportunity, as well as providing a range of social support for mothers.

Veronica Ross, Treasurer of PND Borders says: “Thanks to this additional funding, we are organising a programme of social support on Thursday afternoons from which mothers who have used the service recently will benefit. In November we will offer a month of nutrition events, delivered by the Joint Health Improvement Team which will give recipe ideas and cooking tips for family meals. We will also host story sessions for mothers and babies and relaxation sessions in the New Year. We are very grateful to our funders for allowing us not only to continue to provide the service we currently do, but also for giving us the opportunity to extend our opening hours, and provide additional support.”

A mother who recently benefited from the service said: “I found the sessions at PND Borders very helpful and am very grateful that there is a support group that I can contact again if I need to. It was great to get advice and support outside of my family/friends circle. The counsellors I saw were brilliant and helpful.”

The photograph shows the PND Borders crèche.

7th August 2014