Today was the first closing ceremony to conclude the first Baby Week in the UK. The morning was greeted with a thunderstorm and a full moon was waxing, but the rains cleared as people started to gather in the Banquetting Suite (Civic Hall), A large wood panelled room that feels like big front room with long sash windows looking out over Millennium Square.
The inside perimeter of the room was slowly taken up with stall holders promoting services from Private, Health, Social care and third sector services. The guest speakers were Cllr Mulherin, Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Andy Lloyd, Errol Murray (Leeds Dads) and a talk with the Young Dads collective. We watched a slideshow with a preview of the weeks photos. Most of the room was taken up with stall holders and about 20 more people come to visit.
Cllr Mulherin, recognised Baby Week as a spring board onto another year. There were group discussions around the room regarding what to bring to next year's event. Would it wise to book Hilary in for 2017 now.?
The pram parade started with two mums at 3 pm in Millennium Square. As the sun got a bit hotter we had an physical workout with our buggys, as Sharon from Bumps and Babes led the growing group around the square. Sharon says the physical aspect for a women's health after birth and paramount. Yorkshire Evening post photographer and MADE in Leeds took up tripod.
We have concluded a family group so that it looks forward to a new year, a new baby week and that means more family engagement at the beginning of next year.
Thank you everyone involved. Thank you also to Delton Jackson who took the majority of these photographs.
Two Willow's in Beeston hosted their New Lives group this afternoon along with Sally Goodwin Mills from the Breast Feeding Peer Support group.
On the other side of Leeds at Bankside Children Centre in Harehills another activity was taking place
Included in the Baby Week activity sheet for Thursday afternoon was the Maternity Strategy Engagment event which took place in the centre of town at the public library. This fell in time with the Maternity Service Liasion Committee who meet every two month and provides a chance for service users to meet Clinicians and midwive's in the maternity services helping to share thoughts and experiences from both sides. Issues and concerns are raised but the main purpose of the meetings are there for improving maternity services. This meeting is hosted by Megan Waugh MSLC chair and she is employed by Women's Health Matters a charity based in South Leeds. This has been a good. example of how the charity sector has partnered with the Leeds Hospital Trust and Public Health.
The engagement event that occured in the afternoon saw many professionals networking and promoting their services including 'Leeds Involving People'who are helping support the Maternity Strategy with and developing a perintal mental health pathway.
Today Kirkstall Children's Centre St. Stephens Church Hall welcomed familes with Play Explore Art brought to the centre by Stephanie Jefferies. The church hall suited the play perfectly with all the different areas of exploration spread across the entire space. Catherine Davies from the Leeds University Child Unit displayed her stall and spoke to parents about their research carried out with parents and children in Language Development.
Brazilian mum Sonia and her son Gael enjoyed the experience. I asked Sonia what she thought when she saw that a recognisable logo like Semana do Bebe.
- I saw a leaflet at the library a month ago as I am always looking for things to do with my son. And suddenly I saw Semana do Bebe - I know about it because it is so popular in Brazil, and wanted to find out more.
- I asked Sonia, what she thought to the week so far as I had seen her at the Robin Balbernie seminar;
- I think there is so much to do in Leeds, I have really enjoyed the week because it has helped bring everything together.
- Also, my son has enabled me to meet new people and enjoy the city that I am living in.
Then it was over to the Trinity shopping centre in town to promote Baby Week and The Best Start Plan. We also had with us the team from the Rainbow Factory in Farsley who were offering free sensory play experiences and the families that stopped by all enjoyed getting to grips with cooked spagetti, dry oatmeal and rice. Some parents had come especially as they'd seen the activities on social media.
Monday 12th September 2016
Today saw the official launch of Baby Week Leeds. Over 50 delegates attended the Rose Bowl at Leeds Beckett University in the centre of town, including stall holders promoting a range of services from; Leeds Dads, Home-Start, Leeds Speech & Language Therapy, Health Visitors, Maternity Strategy and the West Yorkshire Sling Library. This blog will record the list of speakers and their title of their presentations.
Cllr Jane Dowson Recognised the importance of the initiative to a city proud to be exemplary with' 'outstanding leadership, management and governance in children's services.
Nigel Richardson Head of Children Services - Nigel gave us a professional and personal reflection on the child centred polices and what that means to Baby Week.
Lucy Potter - Director of Baby Week and Winston Churchill Fellow - Lucy research 'best practice' overseas and was inspired to bring early years initiative to Leeds to help share best practice and raise awareness into new Policies including The Best Start Plan for families.
Emma Rogers - Winston Churchill Fellow - Emma is currently undertaking her research as and shared experience of 'Exploring the Impacts of Doulas support on Vulnerable Pregnant Women'
Dr. Sharon Yellin Consultant in Public Health- Introduced the Best Start Plan an initiative being rolled out at targeted zones across the Clinical Commissioning areas in Leeds. Helping promote the key messages of the plan and the importance of investing in Early Years.
Lord Mayor of Leeds - Cllr Gerry Harper helps cut the cord around the Baby Week cake and announce the first baby born today at 00.24 a boy 6lb 7oz.
Sarah Bennett - Lead Midwife Maternity Strategy - introduces new strategy on routes into research and flexible personalised care in maternity services.
Cath Stone (Breast Feeding Peer Support Coorindator) and Sally Goodwin-Mills - (Adv. Health Improvement specialist Infant Feeding) Reports on the growth and success of initiatives delivered through mainstream and voluntary sector partnerships.
Pinki Sahota - Professor of Children and Childhood Obesity - Presented Research undertaken in Born in Bradford www.borninbradford.nhs.uk 'Searching for Clues for Diet and Health in Early Life.
Ann Pemberton - CEO Home-Start Leeds completed the launch of Baby Week by enthusiastically promoting the initiative as a way to recognise the value of both voluntary and mainstream family services working together.
Thanks to Professor Nick Frost who kept all to time.
Cinema - Babies (2010) Thomas Balmes film showing at The Everyman in Trinity. Documentary film on the growith of 4 babies around the Earth. Different cultures shaping learning environments.