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Brushstrokes Community Project recognised with nomination for Peopleís Choice Award

Brushstrokes volunteers

Brushstrokes Community Project has made it through as a finalist in the Excellence in Equality Awards from Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (SWBCCG).

The awards celebrate the work of local organisations who are working to tackle health inequalities within the area. Brushstrokes have been nominated for their work with new and expectant mothers and their babies, especially helping those at risk of poor health and infant mortality.

The team at Brushstrokes works with vulnerable mothers during and after pregnancy, providing essential resources, offering befriending and by ensuring they contact appropriate maternity services at the right time. They provide Bump Start baby packs which contain essential items for new mums, such as nappies, baby wipes, blankets, clothes and baby formula.

/media/news/library/brushstrokes-baby-bump-pack.jpgSpeaking of the support they give, one of the volunteers, Martin, said “I met a lady who walked from City Hospital to Brushstrokes after having a C-section. I asked where her baby was and she told me it was still back at hospital after being delivered early. She had no family or friends to help her and she was desperate to find support. She had received help from us while she was pregnant and, being new to this country, had no other place to go. She was tired, distressed and in some discomfort. She was extremely grateful for her baby pack and the assistance we gave with telephoning the midwife.”

Anyone who lives in, or is a patient in, Sandwell and West Birmingham can vote on the SWBCCG’s website. Voting closes on 31 January 2016 and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 25 February. Please consider voting for Brushstrokes in recognition of their work supporting new mothers and protecting precious new lives. 

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