Hope 4 U - NHS Support Service
At a time, which should be filled with great excitement, can also bring enormous expense and stress to an individual or family. Finding out that you are expecting, if planned or unexpected, can bring a mix of emotions, happiness, excitement, fear, stress, and anxiety. The average cost of a baby in the first month is likely to be in the region of £500, which does not include items such as crib, furniture, a pram, and a car seat. A survey conducted by Child Poverty Action Group revealed that 64% of people were not prepared for the costs involved.
By delivering a service in conjunction with the NHS gives an ideal opportunity to gather and give out information. At the expected mothers first appointment, information and consent will be gathered for a direct referral to be made through to Hope 4U using the NHS.net secure system. The overall service aim is to make homes warm, safe. Not everyone will access the Hope 4U service, but it is anticipated that approximately 360 families over the year will initially take up the service. This figure may rise when the project is established by expanding out to further maternity departments. The project will include the essential service of safety with Carbon Monoxide and energy efficiency, keeping warm and well for the baby and the mother.
This project covers the geographical area of Airedale and Bradford