So here goes, a new website, a new look and a new year. We made it to year 3 of #BabyWeekLeeds! An event to bring all sectors together, an event bringing an idea from Brazil to Leeds takes careful planning, months of preparation and of course an amazing steering group but a WEEK of events takes sleepless nights (quite like being a new parent).
We went for the simple look with our new website like a baby, we're taking small steps to learn, share and grow to give the best start for all babies in the city. In the last year, we have had interest from 3 other towns/cities wanting to start their own week and the magic really happens when parents, healthcare professionals, midwives, breastfeeding leads, children services, public health, clinical commissioning groups, academics, third sector and babies are on board to help deliver the week! :)
The aims are to promote and protect the good health of children and their families for the public benefit by:
Increasing awareness of, and access to, supportive services including early start centres and antenatal education, for parents, parents-to-be and wider family members;
Raising awareness of, and engagement with the relevant local strategies and the wider evidence-base for early intervention among professionals, families and the public;
Encouraging and promoting the messages around how to improve outcomes during pregnancy and for the first two years of life among professionals, families and the public;
Celebrating success and good practice, in relation to supporting all children to have the best start in life.
In terms of our aims and what Baby Week Leeds is all about, well... Baby Week Leeds partnered with NHS Leeds and Child Friendly Leeds to launch in September 2016. The iniative came from #SemanaDoBebe (Brazil), which Lucy Potter (Founder) will tell you more about in another blog. Following two years of local support from NHS CCG's, in Spring 2018, Baby Week Leeds became a registered charity as a CIO. Please visit our schedule page to book on this year and don't forget to subscribe!