Buggy Buddies hit the road in Stornoway

Buggy Buddies is a great way for babies to get fresh air, whilst parents and carers have a chance for gentle exercise: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

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Stornoway’s popular buggy walking group Buggy Buddies hit the road again on Tuesday May 18.

Led by NHS Western Isles’ Health Visiting Team and Action for Children staff, Buggy Buddies is aimed at parents and carers of babies and toddlers in buggies, prams or carriers and meets weekly throughout the summer.

The group meets at Stornoway Golf Club car park at 11am every Tuesday.

Group organiser Elaine MacMillan said: ‘Buggy Buddies is open to all parents and carers and is free to attend.

‘Buggy Buddies is a great way for babies to get fresh air, whilst parents and carers have a chance for gentle exercise and increasing their parent and baby bonding time.’

Each walk is attended by a health visitor from NHS Western Isles and a support worker from Action for Children.

Spaces are limited to 15 adults due to Covid-19 restrictions. Physical distancing must be adhered to at all times.

‘It has been particularly challenging for new parents and families during lockdown and there have not been the usual opportunities for social interaction or group activities with their babies,’ added Elaine.

‘We hope this group will help families take positive steps to improving their own mental health.

‘During the walks we see the potential for new friendships being forged, which is particularly beneficial for parents of similarly aged children.

‘Developing supportive social networks with one another can help them cope with the challenges of parenting.’

Pre-booking is essential by no later than 4.30pm each Monday. Book a space by telephoning the NHSWI Health Visiting Team on 01851 709842 or emailing wi.nps@nhs.scot.