"They have boosted my confidence tenfold"
About: Hawtonville Children's Centre Hawtonville Children's Centre NG24 4EG
Posted by HawtonvilleMum (as ),
After having my first child in 2010 I was diagnosed with post natal depression. It was recommended to me that I visit the local surestart centre (Hawtonville and Balderton Children's Centre). It was there that I was made to feel so welcome I felt able to communicate with staff and other parents which I believe greatly helped in my recovery.
They have boosted my confidence tenfold. They have given me great opportunities to further myself. I got involved in parent forums there. I now take the minutes for those meetings, I'm also secretary for a constitution group myself and other parents set up. I attended adult learning courses and volunteering courses. To the stage that I am now an admin and reception volunteer and sit at the front desk speaking to people. Something I never thought id be able to do again. I am now expecting my second child and still volunteering at the Hawtonville and Balderton Children's Centre, the support from staff is invaluable. The opportunities I've been given I could not be more grateful for.
During my worst moments the centre provided a place where my child was safely cared for whilst I gained skills and confidence and remembered what it was like to be a person again. My daughter has also gained greatly from the centre. She has made friends, found her personality and most importantly she has had fun.