Brazelton Centre UK

The Brazelton Centre UK is a small registered charity supporting parents and newborn babies to foster positive early relationships, which reduces postnatal anxiety/depression in new mothers.

Our commercial project is entitled “Brazelton Neonatal Behavioural Courses”. The transformation of the Brazelton Centre, from a small micro charity (circa £50k annual income), into an organisation that sells recommended training courses to NHS health and social care staff, has seen our charity’s income expand by £1 million in the past three years.

Ours is an example of the power of campaigning, lobbying and selling by a small, micro charity that managed to influence public policy. We gained the political will to address perinatal mental health problems, which opened up an entire new market for our commercial training services to Health Visitors in numerous large NHS Health organisations.

We spend far less effort on traditional fundraising as a result. Because we now have commercial trading, our charity has the freedom to focus more directly on our mission. We can launch programmes and pilot projects we previously couldn’t afford because we couldn’t get them externally funded. For example, we are now able to provide antenatal services to teen mums-to-be.

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