Get Me Out The Four Walls is a national charity which supports parents and families in Norfolk.
Parenthood can be a very stressful, lonely and isolating experience at times which can cause the onset of various mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and postnatal depression. GMOTFW tackles this loneliness by giving parents somewhere to go for some non-judgemental, like minded conversation and a chance to engage with others in the same situation. This is achieved through volunteer “Ambassadors” who arrange social meets and events for parents to attend. All ambassadors are fellow parents who want to help and offer the “lived in”experience to members.
At the beginning of 2019, GMOTFW had 28 active ambassadors who were based all over
Norfolk arranging at least 2 meets per month each. These meets are held anywhere from local cafes, parks and libraries, to days out at the beach and the zoo. They also offer quieter meets for mums with postnatal depression and anxiety and often support parents with one to one support.
GMOTFW also has their own referrals service for members to self-refer for one to one support as well as receiving referrals from local charities and GP’s.
The charity was founded in 2015 by Norfolk mum Naomi Farrow who reached out to fellow
mums on Facebook who wanted to meet up for a hot cup of coffee and some adult
conversation. From this small coffee group, the charity was born and grew very quickly
The original Facebook group now boasts over 5200 members who use the group to get out of the house and meet parents in their local area. GMOTFW have received funding from local organisations including the Norfolk Community Foundation to branch out services into rural areas of Norfolk. Currently GMOTFW is using this funding to enhance services both in South Norfolk and Great Yarmouth, helping even more people escape
their four walls.
The National Lottery "Awards for All" fund is supporting the popular "Meets in the Mall" programme within the community units in Castle Mall, Norwich. The events are weekly and include wellbeing and mental health stay and play sessions which combine a fun outing for little ones with useful and free information services for parents. The programme has already in 2019 seen over 100 attendees come along to meet the many services who have come along to offer support including the NSFT Perinatal Team and local counsellors teaching self help CBT.
The charity now works with local NHS Mental Health teams and other community groups to help parents in need of support & guidance and play a vital role in the parenting community.
More information can be found at www.getmeout.org.uk