Radiance is an invaluable resource and outreach for new mothers in the south west. There is really nothing else like the support they provide and the community they create.
Not only do they provide support in building positive relationships with their babies, but they also provide a safe space to encourage the development of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing for their participants. Radiance South West have succeeded in creating a wonderful supportive and enriching community for their group members.
I am so grateful as my daughter is alive because of this amazing organisation and passionate woman. She continues to receive ongoing support by attending the playgroup sessions each week to maintain a balance with her ongoing mental illness. What a wonderful support this group is to supplement the mental health organisations in communities.
Thank you. This really saved me when I thought I couldn’t do it anymore.
I am thankful for the confidence this group has given me, and the opportunity it gave me each week to slow down and focus on my baby which then encouraged me to do this more and more.
Thank you for such an incredible experience and for helping me build my confidence in this new journey.
It was an amazing group and really helps mothers who need support to form connections.
After having postpartum psychosis after the birth of my first child the Radiance group helped me to feel accepted. They have been a great support network and created a space to learn valuable skills and to be happy with who I am.
Radiance gives me a chance to get out of the house once a week with the twins. CJ and Heidi create a safe and supportive space which makes it easier to turn up weekly. I feel so supported in this group who have helped me at my lowest. I lacked insight into my current mental state and agreed to receive the help I needed. I am very thankful for Radiance and unsure how I could have navigated the past year without them.
I first started my journey with Mother-Baby Nurture Group but after still felt alone and lost. I reached out to Radiance and since then I have found my village, no matter how bad my week has been. I can talk about my feelings in a safe non-judgemental environment, also knowing if I am not up for talking that’s okay also. Between my family and Radiance I know I will be okay and they have saved my life many times. I am forever grateful.
Being referred to Radiance was a lifeline for me in a very long first year with the twins. Radiance was my safe place, I relied on it very much each week. I always left feeling lighter and less alone, being able to share how I was feeling without guilt. I never liked leaving the house alone with the boys because I was too scared but bringing them to Radiance each week gradually gave me the confidence to leave the house more often. I loved being able to take the boys out on my own and still be able to have something to eat and a hot coffee with some helping hands. Thank you so much Anne, Janet, CJ and all the ladies at Radiance.
When I had my baby, I was anxious and didn’t want anything to do with him. I wanted to be a good Mum, and improve my mental health, but didn’t know how to do that. Now with the help of the other Mums and Janet and Di, I love coming to group and always look forward to it.
I had just had my baby and was struggling with post-partum depression and anxiety. It was scary the first time I went to group as it was the first time, I had left the house with my 3-week-old. Now I enjoy the support and friendship I have from coming to Radiance. My confidence in parenting has grown and I have made good friends. I can cope with my mental health post-partum much better now.
I felt numb, distant from my newborn and dreaded every moment of every day. I have found the Radiance support group to be a REAL, non-judgemental mother’s group, that’s not afraid to be honest and talk about the reality of being a parent (the good and the bad). I look forward to it every week and find myself lighter and refreshed after. I finally felt heard, supported, and safe, even understood. I no longer feel lost, Thank you.
I came into the group from the Mother Baby Unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital, it was non-judgemental, just a group of people with similar life experiences, mothers supporting mothers, the advice is helpful, and I feel listened to and understood. It’s Iike a weekly check in/reset almost. Getting to share the burdens, ups and downs which makes them feel more okay. I love the gentle and kind energy of the group; it feels like just attending is rejuvenating.
I felt very alone and helpless, and so nervous to attend group. Now I am very happy to come to group and love connecting with the other mums and babies.” – 2021 Radiance Mum “I had just come out of the MBU and was struggling emotionally and practically with having twins. I was suffering from postnatal depression and anxiety. I found the group to be very open, but it was overwhelming at first. Now I am a lot more comfortable, everyone belongs and there is no judgement, it is a safe space.
Thank you so much for all the support from your wonderful team. It is literally the best thing we have for our mums and we would be lost without you all.
I loved how there was no judgement or solution focus, just listening and supporting.
I liked how structured the group was – so it wasn’t completely social.
I loved coming to a supportive environment where people really engaged and listened to each other.
I liked how everyone was honest and real about how they were feeling so we knew we were all going through “it” together.
Created a good network and promoted close friendships within the group along with strengthening my relationship with my child. We are so grateful to have come.
The group has been a constant safe place to explore and connect.