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Bump Buddies


Bump Buddies is a free service for women in Hackney who are pregnant, or who have recently given birth.

Many women feel anxious or worried about aspects of pregnancy. Bump Buddies offers support from expert staff and highly trained peer mentors who can give you reassurance, time to ask questions, and chance to meet women who understand how you are feeling.

Our team are all Hackney mums who know the local area. They can visit you at home or at a local park, cafe or community centre. Bump Buddies can offer:

  • peer support through your pregnancy,
  • information to help plan your pregnancy and labour,
  • support at antenatal appointments,
  • breastfeeding support,
  • help to access low cost and free baby equipment and clothing,
  • details of local children’s groups,
  • opportunities to influence services in Hackney by getting involved in focus groups and committees.

We offer extra support for women who are parenting alone, women struggling with homelessness or accommodation problems, women who have health problems and women facing immigration issues or who are new to the UK.


Request a Bump Buddy or make a referral

To request a Bump Buddy:
Complete the Bump Buddies self referral form.

Email it to us at BBreferrals@shoreditchtrust.org.uk.
You can also call us on: 020 7033 8524 or drop into our weekly group, Baby Buddies for a chat and more information.

Health or social care professionals referring a patient or client:
Complete the Bump Buddies professional referral form and return it to BBreferrals@shoreditchtrust.org.uk.


Become a Bump Buddies Mentor

Mentoring can be a fantastic experience. You don’t need to be an expert, we’ll provide all the training you need. We’re looking for women who are open minded, friendly, enthusiastic and willing to offer confidential support in a non-judgmental way.

We welcome volunteers from any background, and we especially welcome women who speak more than one language.

We recruit peer mentors twice a year, but you can apply at any time and we will contact you when the next training sessions are scheduled. Visit the volunteering page to find out more