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Offering social, emotional and informational support through menstruation, pregnancy, birth and menopause

The Nest Southwest Community Interest Company is a not-for-profit social enterprise that hosts regular support groups, workshops and creates vital peer support networks in Exeter.


What We Do

Our Goals


Our goal is to support you to be your best self and this is at the core of everything we offer. Our peer support groups are a safe space where you can share your journey with others and strengthen your inner resilience. Our volunteer programs build on your previous experiences to develop your skills.

We want to help you make informed choices that are best for you and provide quality information you can trust. Our informational support comes through our local support groups, our hand picked library, the curated resource sections on the website, our workshops and social media campaigns.

We are a women-led grass roots social enterprise with the mission to help create a more informed, confident, ecologically aware community that respects rites of passage. We want everyone to emerge empowered by their experiences to go on and support others.

How we do it

Our Services


MENOPAUSE CAFE: A drop in open space for anyone interested in talking about peri/menopause. Book Here.

NESTERS: Weekly pregnancy & beyond support group. Book Here.

NESTLINGS: New mums group for Nesters graduates. Book Here

CORE RESTORE: A 6-week series of exercise classes designed to re-build functional core strength following childbirth . Book Here.

YOUTUBE: Catch up with our webinars and other videos HERE

FUNDRAISING: You can help us fundraise every time you do an online shop, for FREE with Easyfundrasing

HIRE, BORROW, BUY: Birth pool, TENS machine, birth balls and a hand chosen library of books. Book Here.

PERINATAL PEER SUPPORT NETWORK: A group of mums who have been trained to support other mums on their journey through matrescence. Interested? Get in touch.

SECONDARY SCHOOL PROJECT: Our cohort of ‘Transitioneer’ volunteers are Menstrual Empowerment Educators and deliver menstrual wellbeing workshops in Exeter secondary schools. Learn More.

BLOG: Check out our posts to see what we are currently talking about.

RESOURCES: Our ever-growing list of resources on each life transition page is also the perfect place to start learning about each topic: Menstruation. Pregnancy & Birth. Menopause.

REPORT: Read our report into the experiences of 243 women and menstruators in Devon. HERE

SHARING: Our Social Media Campaign aims to inspire via social platforms. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

COMMUNITY: We have closed WhatsApp Groups for our members to create a sense of community in other ways in order to inspire women to come together and share their experiences, questions, and knowledge.

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Get to know us better

Our Organisation in Numbers


17

Volunteers

3

Co-Directors

112

Pregnancy Support groups held in 2 years

1

Mission

The Nest is the place for you if ANY of these statements are true for you…
  • You have a vagina
  • You menstruate
  • You are perimenopausal
  • You are menopausal
  • You are post-menopausal
  • You are pregnant
  • You have given birth
  • You want to find out more about any (or all) of these amazing life transitions!

We know that not all people who menstruate are women, and not all women menstruate. Our services are available to all people with a menstrual cycle and/or a uterus, non-binary & trans people. Read Our Full Equality Statement Here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Safe Place”

The Nest is a safe place to be heard, to ask questions, and to meet other mums.

Natalie, Member of Nesters group

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Important”

Talking to other new mums and some second time mums, who have felt completely abandoned and without support this year because of the covid era services – makes me realise just how important The Nest has been.

Jen, Member of Nesters group

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“All parts of the journey”

This group includes ladies on all parts of the journey, which helps to provide valuable first hand experience for others to listen and learn from.

Felicity, Member of Nesters group

Things that matter to us:

Read our blog posts


  • Join our Perinatal Peer Support Network
    Join our Perinatal Peer Support Network to support and encourage new parents as they prepare and transition into parenthood, by reducing anxiety, increasing well-being and supporting bonding with their baby.
  • Happy International Women’s Day!
    Celebrating International women’s 2023 day and calling for gender equity for all. The Nest Southwest CIC is a grass-roots social enterprise dedicated to supporting women and menstruators.
  • Addressing Health Inequalities for Women of Colour
    Women of colour face more health inequalities. This blog talks about an event that attempted to address some of them.