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14 Apr 2021 | 15:15 | [email protected]

For immediate release: 14/04/2021

 

Family Counselling Charity, DorPIP, call on Families to Share Their Babies Missed Moments

Local Dorset charity, DorPIP, is calling on families to share their babies missed moments from the past year. As we pass the anniversary of our first national lockdown, and a year on from the start of the pandemic, they are reflecting on what impact this has had.  

#WhatAboutUs is a social media campaign launched by the 1001 Movement. They are asking parents to make some noise across their social media platforms by sharing their stories on how their babies have missed out during the pandemic. From cuddles with Grandma, meeting the whole family, attending fun supportive baby groups and even missing out on those important baby's appointments. DorPIP recognises the strain on families over the past year.  

The 1001 Days Movement are calling on Rishi Sunak to include babies in the Covid19 recovery efforts. By including them in the £1.7bn catch-up funding we can help support and meet the needs of our youngest children. DorPIP are fully supportive of this movement and are urging families to contribute to the movement and make some noise.  

The Parent Infant Foundation states: “In the year since we first locked down, over 600,000 babies living in England have been born and have lived their whole lives in lockdown. Many young families are missing out on vital early years support as their struggles have gone under the radar of professionals due to shortages in services, exacerbated by lockdown restrictions.” 

Share your own stories and thoughts on your social media, tagging Rishi Sunak and #WhatAboutUs and @dor_pip on your posts. The Parent Infant Foundation website has an abundance of social media prompts and graphics that you can download to use for your social posts.  

If you are a struggling parent of a child under the age of two years old, then get in touch with DorPIP to seek some local support.  “At DorPIP we work with parents and their babies over a series of one-to-one sessions, helping them understand and work through some of their worries and concerns. In taking the time to think about feelings, and finding ways to communicate and enjoy each other, we aim to help families flourish.” 

ENDS

Contact 

Viv Allen (Founder & CEO) -  telephone number 07813989707 or email: [email protected] 

Notes to Editors: 

About DorPip  - DorPip (Dorset Infant Parent Partnership) is a local charity based in Dorset whose aim is to support parents in developing a healthy and secure attachment between themselves and their baby, creating a secure base for infants as they grow. The first 1001 days of a child’s life is a crucial window of opportunity where experiences and behaviours towards them will impact outcomes throughout their lifetime, effecting their cognitive and emotional development. 

DorPIP uses a network of specialist therapists, trained in working in parent infant relationships from conception to aged two. The service is for anyone who is struggling with the transition to parenthood and how this may have affected the family relationship dynamics. That relationship might be parent and child, or parent and parent which in turn affects the child and the child’s mental wellbeing.

Registered Charity Number: 117587