I created the Blossom & Berry Nurture Foundation when I was 40 because I wanted to give back all the amazing time, love and energy I had received from my work as a baby massage & yoga instructor. I have created and support a number of initiatives within the community both in the UK and overseas to help provide support and education to parents, baby massage training and classes to those who may not be able to access these vital services. We have our own charitable projects and we support a wide variety of other projects supporting babies, parents, familles and women across the world.
As Blossom & Berry develops and grows, it’s my goal and responsiblity to give back to society and help make an impact in the world. I support the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development with a focus on Goal 3 which promotes good health and wellbeing for all. I have voluntary projects in a number of different settings around the world to help provide education around nurturing touch and early childhood development and to empower and support vulnerable mothers. I want to play my part in elevating communities out of poverty. In direct response to this I am the co founder of the charity Love Support Unite alongside my work at Blossom & Berry. This has been one of the greatest joys of my life.
Nurturing care means that babies and children have a loving and secure relationship with a care giver that ensures that their needs are met, they feel safe and secure, they are provided with care that supports their health and nutrition and they are protected from risks and violence.
Studies have shown that the long term benefits of this include better health and wealth outcomes, less social tensions and greater opportunites for education and learning (Lancet 2016)
Giving birth in Malawi has many challenges for women;
Most mothers in rural Malawi have very little possessions and so Nurture Packs are designed to give mothers a basic pack to help them recover from childbirth and provide care for their babies. When I visited local midwifery centres close to Lilongwe, it was clear that the staff struggled with resources to support new mothers and babies. The things we take for granted after giving birth are a luxury for many new mothers in Malawi. Every item makes a difference to a new mother & baby.
Nurture Packs are designed to give mothers a sense of dignity as they begin motherhood and to help support new baby care, health & wellbeing. These items can save lives and prevent illness and complications after birth.
Our international voluntary/bursary training program supporting the Nuturing Care Framework and the First 1001 Critical Days Manifesto.
This program is open to any NGOs, charities or non profits working with vulnerable parents and babies across the world. We are currently working in Botswana and Malawi.
Centred Soul is a not-for-profit organisation & social enterprise, based in Newry, founded by Rosemary Deans, a Blossom & Berry teacher. Previously a Social Worker, working with children & families, adults with mental health issues & learning needs, she is now a full time member of Centred Soul. Centred Soul is an organisation determined to raise the roof when it comes to emotional wellbeing, mental health & self care, with a particular passion for supporting those who have experienced a Birth Trauma and/orPerinatal (antenatal/postnatal) mental health illness. We provide finanical assistance and training bursaries to help support this important work.
We are a sponsor of the Future Dreamers Girls’ Club in Byron Bay. The Future Dreamers Girl’s Club is a safe, uplifting and interactive space for girls and women alike to come and be yourselves, try out new things, build confidence, be supported and have a fabulous time in the process! We offer a range of age-appropriate and specifically designed activities and events, both ongoing and one-off, to inspire, connect, challenge and celebrate.
Binti is a registered charity, with a mission to provide menstrual dignity to all girls, all over the world. This means facilitating access to pads to ensure menstrual hygiene, educating girls about what menstruation is and what they can expect from it, and dispelling stigma, taboos, myths and negative perceptions around menstruation.