Our Mother & Baby House offers supported housing to six young mums and mums to be.
When you arrive at the Mother & Baby House, you'll be introduced to your key worker, who will work with you to create a support plan based on your individual needs. Wherever possible, we believe it is important for your baby's father to be part of your baby's life. We would encourage you to invite your baby's father to visit regularly, and if you would like them to, they are welcome to stay overnight for three nights of the week. Both he and your baby will benefit from his interaction and we will support you all to develop positive and rewarding relationships with each other.
Our staff can also help you to access other agencies, where neccesary. During your time at the Mother and Baby house we will help you to gain the skills you will need to successfully manage your next tenancy as well as look after your growing child.
We offer tenancy skills training programmes. Further training opportunities are available through Wiltshire College. We will also support you to organise house activities such as cooking, swimming and interactive play sessions for you and you baby.
The Mother and Baby House is located within walking distance of the centre of Salisbury, with a direct bus service to the city centre and hospital. Salisbury has a leisure centre and cinema as well as other facilities.
Referral forms can be downloaded via the links to the right.
If you are pregnant or have a baby and you think our team could help with your housing and support needs, then please contact us to find out more. Referrals are accepted from professionals or directly from prospective residents. Prospective residents must be female with support needs and either expecting or have a child. We also accept referrals via Local Authorities, Homeless and/or children's teams. Enquiries are also welcomed from outside of county.
If you would like more information on our service, please get in touch, or download a copy of the information sheet.
This project is funded by the Community of St Denys
The Community of St Denys originated with the thinking of Revd. Canon Sir James Erasmus Philipps who was vicar of Warminster from 1859 – 1897 and by 1869 he had opened a home in Warminster for the purpose of “ affording necessary opportunities to any women wishing to fit themselves for a missionary life of practice in nursing the sick, in training children, in teaching in schools, in parochial visiting and in household duties”. By 1869 he had also started a cottage hospital and an orphanage. By 1872 two trained “associates” had departed for work in Cape Town.
Over the years a convent developed and the Community flourished and, until the time of its closure, some 90 women had become Sisters of the order. In recent years the financial affairs of the Community have been overseen by a board of trustees and the number of Sisters in Vows has now declined to just one surviving Sister. The consequent sale of various properties acquired by the Community over the years has enabled the trustees to establish a sizeable fund and the resulting income is distributed every year to further mission both at home and overseas, for education, pastoral support and support for other religious communities.
"The Community of St Denys is delighted to support the work of Alabaré and, in particular, their work in running the Mother and Baby House and hope to continue this support into the future."
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