CharityDetail

Birth Companions support disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers in prisons and communities by offering physical and mental support services. A majority of funding is based on restricted grants and engagement with participants has shown progress from these donations. Securing multi year service level agreements with prisons and clinical commissioning groups should assist efforts to find more fluid and diverse funding streams in the future. Management and team are versed in providing perinatal support services from an experienced all female staff. This is highlighted by programmes positive impact on beneficiaries experience of pregnancy and the training passed on to serving prisoners acting as peer support volunteers.
Impact analysis Due to the multiple disadvantages women using services provided by Birth companions face, the challenge to improving mental health and wellbeing is a difficult one. However, data collected from beneficiaries consistently indicates a high levels of emotional support, reducing isolation and enabling women to give their babies the best start in life.
What it does
    We support women experiencing severe disadvantages in the period before, during and after the birth of their babies. We run groups and give one to one support to women in four prisons and in the community in London. We have a national remit to improve the experiences and care of women facing health and social inequalities in the perinatal period through training, research and influencing change.
Who works here
  • 7 employees and 50 volunteers.
Who it helps
  • Other Defined Groups
Sector(s) covered
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • Other Charitable Purposes
Where it operates
  • Throughout London, Surrey, Peterborough City
UN SDGs:
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Financial Data ?
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus/
Deficit
Assets Months
Reserves
Employees Volunteers Filed on
31/03/2019 £533,686 £435,514 £98,172 8 7 50 22/01/2020
31/03/2018 £403,128 £356,270 £46,858 21/12/2018
31/03/2017 £346,522 £246,317 £100,205 13/01/2018
31/03/2016 £199,834 £186,464 £13,370 04/01/2017
31/03/2015 £165,318 £166,411 -£1,093 16/10/2015
31/03/2014 £79,936 £134,776 -£54,840 22/09/2014
31/03/2013 £153,482 £119,338 £34,144 25/09/2013
31/03/2012 £130,938 £114,822 £16,116 26/11/2012
31/03/2011 £125,573 £99,531 £26,042 09/11/2011
31/03/2010 £60,479 £49,897 £10,582 17/11/2010
Donations received ?

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 8 grant making charities totalling £1,260,133

Amount/
When
Donor To be used for
£5,000
15/12/2019
The EQ Foundation Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019
£105,000
31/08/2019
Henry Smith Charity towards three years' continuation funding of a project providing support for pregnant women in Bronzefield, Peterborough, Foston Hall and Low Newton prisons, and pre and post natal support for vulnerable women in the community in Hackney & Islington
£10,000
31/03/2019
AB Charitable Trust An unrestricted grant of £10,000
£5,000
21/06/2018
London Catalyst Targeted antenatal classes for women with complex social factors
£15,000
18/04/2018
Lloyds Bank Foundation Birth Companions is seeking funding for the development of a new website, design work, marketing materials and service user consultations
£160,000
31/03/2018
Esmee Fairbairn Towards core funding to enable Birth Companions to improve the lives of pregnant women and new mothers facing severe disadvantage.
£33,000
29/02/2016
Lankelly Chase Foundation An extension of Lankelly Chase’s existing grant to enable Birth Companions to complete a review of their strategic and operational plans to ensure the provision of effective support for new mothers and babies facing severe hardship.
£75,000
29/02/2016
Henry Smith Charity towards three years' continuation funding of the running costs of an organisation supporting pregnant women in HMP Holloway
£648,133
29/02/2016
National Lottery Heritage Fund This project aims to extend the support to vulnerable mothers in prison and in the community providing support for a greater number of women for a longer period of time; and to create new opportunities for their beneficiaries to gain skills and confidence, thereby reducing isolation and improving well being for vulnerable mothers.
£90,000
31/10/2014
Esmee Fairbairn Towards core support to ensure vulnerable women are supported through pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
£114,000
16/06/2014
National Lottery Heritage Fund Not Available
How effective is it?
Birth Companions Programme

Description: Birth Companions offers community and prison support services to pregnant women through 1-to-1 sessions, group work, classes and online resources. Support is given in 4 UK prisons by Birth Companions staff as well as serving prisoners trained as peer support workers. The programme assists women in raising issues and finding solutions to challenges like women getting to hospital in time when they are in labour and having items they need like maternity clothes, breast pads and bras.

Objectives: To ensure every mother has the support she needs to give her baby the best possible start in life, whatever her circumstances

Intervention period: Pre- and post- pregnancy

Beneficiaries: Pregnant women and new mothers in the most difficult and disadvantaged circumstances

Outputs Outcomes
01/04/2018-31/03/2019
258 Women supported in prisons and the community
27 Women supported one to one in the community98% Said they felt the support helped improve their mental health and well being
50 Women attended community groups97% Said the support made them feel less isolated
35 Women attended community antenatal classes98% Said the support gave their babies a better start in life
46 Women received breast feeding support78% Said they feel more confident about breast feeding
76 Women provided with practical items for their babies
01/04/2017-31/03/2018
230 Women supported in prisons and the community
Documents
Birth Companions Annual Report 2018 Programme Report Download Document
Birth Companions Impact Report 2018-19 Impact report Download Document
Management
Naomi Delap has been CEO since 2014 and came to Birth Companions after running Inside Job Productions, a social enterprise working with women and ex-offenders. She has a background in communications, training at the BBC and working as a documentary film-maker in the UK, and in Communications for Development in East Africa before moving to the voluntary sector. Naomi and Operations Manager, Anna Wise are responsible for the charities fundraising.
Governance
Trustees (9)
Main office

BIRTH COMPANIONS
Dalton House
60 Windsor Avenue
London
SW19 2RR

Legal constitution
  • UK Charity, number: 1120934
  • First registered on 21/09/2007
Objectives

THE CHARITY'S OBJECTS ("THE OBJECTS") ARE TO: (I) PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELFARE OF PREGNANT WOMEN WHO HAVE SUFFERED A LEGAL RESTRICTION OF THEIR LIBERTY AND WHO ARE, OR HAVE BEEN, DETAINED IN PRISON, OR SOME OTHER FORM OF DETENTION OR CUSTODY (THE BENEFICIAL CLASS) BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY THE PROVISION OF PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PRACTICAL SUPPORT DURING PREGNANCY, LABOUR, CHILDBIRTH AND THE POSTNATAL PERIOD FOR WOMEN AND THEIR BABIES; (2) ADVANCE AND EDUCATE THE PUBLIC IN PARTICULAR THE BENEFICIAL CLASS IN MATERNITY CHILDBIRTH AND PARENTING.

Diana Parkinson MBE is one of the founding members of Birth Companions and has been Chair since 2001. She has a background as an antenatal teacher and has worked in the voluntary sector for many years. She is a freelance evaluator and has particular expertise in the criminal justice sector. Viv Gray is also a founding member with a background in birth education and support. She is a midwife in an independent practice, acupuncturist and a trainee clinical hypnotherapist.