Forging Families became a charity in October 2016, but our work has been going ahead for many years before that. Forging Families grew from the work of our Lead Rachel Gardner at Sheffield MSLC. The work Rachel and parents wanted to do started to become much more than the MSLC funding could fund. One of our wonderful mums suggested we become a charity to enable us to do two projects that we were excited about and we have just grown in leaps and bounds since then.
We support and promote health and well-being for Sheffield families during pregnancy, birth and the first years. Our infographics educate families and the community on key maternity areas and services, with words of advice from parents to parents..
We strive for advancement of maternity health and well-being for the whole family, covering pre-conception, pregnancy, birth and the first years. We work closely with Sheffield Maternity Services Liaison Committee, Sheffield Maternity Services, Sheffield Public Health, Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, Sheffield Health Visiting Services and many more. Forging Famlies shouts with the voice of hundreds and hundreds of parents to help shape changes in the maternity services of Sheffield.
We support families in Sheffield in this perinatal period, acting upon their feedback and using it to offer support that is needed and will be used. We are a key voice in understanding changing needs and acknowledging the different needs of those within our local communities.
We inform and educate families and also the community on key maternity issues with a leading focus on perinatal mental health. We raise awareness and offer signposting to help so parents can access the wide level of help that is available in Sheffield but often unknown.
To promote and preserve good health among parents and children living in Sheffield and the surrounding area, in particular but not exclusively by:
a) Providing information, advice, support and a signposting service to parents during pregnancy, childbirth, the postnatal period and early parenthood.
b) Working with statutory bodies and healthcare professionals to assist in improvement in the provision of maternity and maternity-related health services.