Mayor of Sutton Coldfield, Councillor Derrick Griffin, has chosen Acacia Family Support as his charity to support during his term in office.
Acacia Family Support is based in Sutton Coldfield and was founded in 2004 by two local mums, Emma Borg and Rachel Gregory who both experienced postnatal depression and were determined to help other families. The charity works alongside the local health service and delivers a service from St John’s Church in Walmley to provide support to help new mothers and fathers recover from the symptoms associated with pre and postnatal depression and anxiety. Acacia Family support offer services, free of charge that include telephone support, befriending, group workshops, practical support in the comfort of your own home and massage therapy for both parent and baby.
The charity is part funded by the NHS however it relies heavily on donations. It means a great deal to the team at Acacia Family Support to obtain such a profile raising role in Sutton Coldfield via the Mayor’s Charity and hope to help more new mum’s and dad’s as a result.
Emma Borg, Founder & Trustee of Acacia Family Support said:
“We were thrilled to receive the call to say that we had been chosen to be the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield’s Charity of the Year for the next 12 months. Acacia celebrates its 15th birthday this year and this exciting partnership means that we will be able to support even more families across Sutton Coldfield who are affected by pre and postnatal depression. Thank you!
The Charity, has grown from strength to strength and now has four centres across the city. Acacia Family Support helped nearly 600 families last year who were experiencing pre and postal natal depression. The organisation urgently needs more volunteers in particular within its fundraising team to help raise awareness and money to allow the service to continue.”
The Mayor, Councillor Derrick Griffin remarked:
“Acacia Family Support is run by a fantastic group of people who know only too well the impact pre and postal natal depression has on family life. To be able to have a service like this in Sutton Coldfield is a real benefit. The Charity offers crucial support for new families and I felt that to support and promote the work they do would be a worthwhile cause for my year in office.”
The Mayor’s charity ball will be the main fundraiser for Acacia Family Support and will take place in March 2019 with lots of awareness raising taking place via the Mayor’s countless visits and meetings throughout the year.