What We Do
Neighbourhoods can be primary units of change and critical starting points for efforts to improve health inequalities. Early Lives Equal Start is place-based working in action; improving the way organisations work together and with families, to shift attitudes and resources towards preventing problems that can start in early life. The programme is coordinated from Flo’s- the Place in the Park, a community-run enterprise hub, with co-located services including the community midwifery team and outreach obstetric clinic.
Antenatal Classes: we are working together with Midwives from the OUH to co-produce community-based antenatal education and culturally-appropriate health literacy information with relevant interpretation support for those having their first or second baby in the UK
Maternal health justice partnership case work to support those facing challenges with housing and food insecurity, employment and benefits rights, debt management, immigration, or domestic violence
Training in community outreach, peer-to-peer support and advocacy: from Sept ‘23-March ‘24, a cohort of experienced local mothers are participating in a stipended programme of training and community work experience to equip themselves to better support new parents from their own communities to access essential resources. We are running a parallel maternity advocates training programme aiming to amplify the voices of local parents and advocate for meaningful systemic changes that go beyond our small grassroots project.
Our work is co-produced together with mothers and midwives in our community, who sit on the project steering committee along with representatives from our partners in the Oxfordshire Maternity Voices Partnership (OMVP) and the NHS. Together, we are working to ensure that every family in OX4 gets the support they deserve for a healthy and promising beginning.