Better Start Bradford, a community partnership led by Bradford Trident, has been awarded £49 million from the Big Lottery Fund to help parents give their children the best start in life.

Over ten years, a portfolio of projects will engage with approximately 20,000 children, to improve their social and emotional wellbeing, their communication and language skills and their diet and nutrition. Approximately 1,430 babies are born each year within the areas of Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton.

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The partnership will intervene early and, through integrated working and involving parents in developing and delivering its projects, will provide additional antenatal support, early years and peer support. Projects will address the social and emotional needs of families and babies, enhance the development of language and communication skills and support new mums in breastfeeding and in learning about the nutritional requirements of babies and toddlers. Simultaneously, community initiatives will improve the local environment for children and families in the Better Start Bradford area.

A proposed 23 projects will include the expansion of the Family Nurse Partnership – a health visiting programme for first time young parents aged 19 or under, a home-based language development programme, storytelling groups, outdoor play and exercise activities, nutrition programmes, peer support programmes and language development activities. Midwives’ caseloads will be reduced to enable them to provide more personalised care and more home visits, and a befriender scheme will be introduced for all expectant and new mothers affected by or at risk of postnatal depression. New parents will be introduced to local children’s centres and a targeted service will work with parents to increase their understanding of infant brain development.


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We are really excited to have created a brand new ‘Early Years’ category as part of this years Community Stars Awards!  The Better Start Bradford Award is your chance to honour local individuals or groups who are volunteering their time to make an outstanding contribution to the lives of families with children aged 0-4 year and expectant parents.  Who can you nominate?



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