Our Motherwell Believe Project
Is a specialist service for mums with a child/children who are at risk of being placed into care or for mums who already have a child/children in foster care or who have been adopted.
We offer emotional support to these mums to help them feel valued, grow in confidence, become more resilient and emotionally strong again, so that they can hopefully rebuild their lives.
We also offer practical support, such as accompanying them to meetings with social care and other agencies and by signposting them to other specialist services that may be able to help them.
Another very important part of the support package is the expectation for the mums to join our Peer Support Group. This is a fortnightly group where possibly for the first time, the mums can feel at ease and most importantly not judged within a group of other women who all understand and empathise with exactly how they are feeling about their children not being in their care.
Referral Criteria – Area Remit
One-to-One Support – Crewe and Winsford (CW1, CW2 and CW7)
Peer Support – open to Crewe, Winsford and surrounding areas (see below)
Mentoring – Crewe and Winsford
Crewe (surrounding areas) – Nantwich, CW5; Sandbach, CW11; Alsager, ST7; Middlewich, CW10; Tarporley, CW6.
Winsford (surrounding areas) – Northwich, CW8 & CW9; Middlewich, CW10; Tarporley, CW6.
My name is Donna, and I am delighted to have joined a very worthwhile cause at Motherwell Cheshire.
I have been supporting young people for over 20 years within the Education Sector. My previous role was supporting young people with Mental Health and Emotional difficulties. Alongside supporting young people, I have also provided support to families. I have devised and delivered a parent support group, which enabled parents to support their children who were experiencing mental health and emotional difficulties.
The group gave parents an opportunity to discuss their worries and concerns with other parents providing peer support for each other.
I have recently gained a qualification in counselling, and I am currently setting up my own practice. My aim is to empower and inspire all who may need additional support.
I was born in Northern Ireland, where I lived for several years before my family moved to England where I have lived for almost 50 years.
I have been married over 29 years, and we have a grown son who has blessed us with two beautiful grandchildren.
I enjoy singing, as well as having family and friend’s gatherings, which will include plenty of Karaoke. My other passion is football, and I am a huge Manchester United fan.
We are proud to announce that actor Sally Carmen has become patron of our Believe project.
In Coronation Street, Sally’s character ‘Abi Franklin’ represents the amazing women that we support. These mum’s are very often misunderstood, living with mental health conditions after experiencing traumatic events, with a lack of appropriate support.
Sally is an established actress, who attended the LAMDA drama school in London. Some of the roles she is best known for playing are Kelly Maguire in Shameless and Abi Franklin in Coronation Street.